Dyche: It’s Burnley not Barca

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has indicated that he will aim to strengthen his squad this summer after confirming that three players have left Turf Moor.

The Clarets flirted with relegation at times after starting the campaign very poorly, but will once again be a Premier League side when the 2019/20 season gets underway in August.

Dyche has confirmed that defender Stephen Ward and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard have not had their contracts renewed, while striker Jon Walters is retiring from football due to injury.

Meanwhile, Peter Crouch is also out of contract, having moved to Turf Moor on a short-term deal in January, and Dyche is set to hold talks with the much-travelled veteran striker shortly.

Aaron Lennon and Phil Bardsley have both had options in their existing contracts activated so they will be at the club next season while Belgium international Steven Defour also remains under contract.

Dyche said: "This club is going to have to fight all the time to be at the top level of football, but we've shown we can do it. The thing is with life at Burnley, it's stop, stand still and then restart.

"It's Burnley, not Barcelona and we have to find ways of getting points on the board. The next one is never guaranteed from the last one and we are always looking to layer up strength, but it's difficult.

"The planning never stops because we obviously don't have the finances that others have, so we constantly have to keep our ear to the ground and an eye on the market. But you want competitiveness freshness and that often comes from players coming in."

Burnley are 7/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season and 1/2 not to be relegated.

Mee proud of Clarets finish

Ben Mee says that Burnley can feel proud of finishing the season 15th in the Premier League after a difficult start.

The Clarets finished seventh in the league a year ago, ensuring qualification for the Europa League but the campaign, just finished, proved a different matter.

Sean Dyche's side looked destined for a season-long relegation fight and were three points from safety after defeat to Everton on Boxing Day.

However their form improved sharply after that, embarking on an eight-match unbeaten run including five wins to steer them clear of trouble.

Three more successive wins at the end of March and into April secured their top-flight status for at least another season and Mee feels they can look back with satisfaction at the way they climbed away from trouble.

Mee, who played every minute in the Premier League last season, one of only three players to do so, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It's a really successful season for the club, and it gives us chance to rebuild and get even stronger next year.

"From where we were at halfway to where we are now, it's been a brilliant turnaround, and with the summer now, the club will get the chance to get that extra bit of money coming in and hopefully we can make the club even stronger than we are now."

Though well clear of relegation trouble Burnley did end the season on a three-game losing streak, their campaign coming to an end with a home defeat to Arsenal at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Burnley are 7/1 to finish next season in the top half of the Premier League while the Clarets are 13/8 to be relegated with Sheffield United 4/6 to spend just one season back in the top flight.

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Hasenhuttl seeks more quality

Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to add some quality to his squad this summer and is keen to ensure Southampton are not involved in another relegation battle.

The former RB Leipzig boss says he has "a very clear picture" of what Saints, who drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town on the final day of the Premier League campaign, need.

Southampton flirted with relegation for the second season in a row and, although they eventually finished 16th, five points clear of the bottom three, Hasenhuttl is desperate to make sure they are not involved in another struggle to avoid the drop in 2019/20.

The Austrian said: "It is a very clear picture for me now what we are still missing in our game. Maybe we know that we only win games when we have the perfect commitment and shape and work perfect together.

"If there are a few guys not 100 per cent in the right direction then we are struggling always.

"That means we need more quality next season. It will be a difficult summer for sure because we have our limits with transfer fees and things like that but we must be clear that we have to make a few new players in the team.

"We need to create a new spirit and new mentality because we must give a different picture from the first game day. That's the goal and a clear message for the summer and we will work on this."

Southampton are 1/7 not to be relegated next season while Sheffield United can be backed at 6/5.

Warnock may leave Cardiff

Neil Warnock has indicated that he could leave Cardiff City this summer even though he still has one year left on his contract with the Premier League strugglers.

The Bluebirds look set to make an immediate return to the Championship following last term's promotion after losing 1-0 to Fulham on Saturday.

Cardiff are four points behind 17th-placed Brighton, who came from behind to draw 1-1 with Newcastle United at the weekend, with two games left.

The Seagulls also have a much better goal difference than Warnock's team, who still have to play Crystal Palace and Manchester United.

Warnock has confirmed that he will meet with owner Vincent Tan and chairman Mehmet Dalman in the next few weeks.

The much-travelled 70-year-old was quoted as saying: "If Mehmet wants me to stay, I'll stay. But it's one of those jobs where, if they want me to go, I will go without any compensation or anything like that.

"It does not bother me about contracts. They have never talked about that, but who would they get who was better for the job than me if I was up for it?"

Cardiff can be backed at 13/8 to beat Crystal Palace this weekend while they are available at 20/1 not to be relegated this season.

Cardiff left needing favours

Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge admitted that his side need favours from others if they are to survive in the Premier League.

He was speaking after his side lost 1-0 at already relegated Fulham, Ryan Babel scoring the only goal of the game.

Fulham were already heading back to the Championship after just one season in the top flight and Cardiff look set to join them after a crucial defeat.

It leaves them three points behind Brighton with a worse goal difference. It means that if Brighton beat Newcastle in the late game on Saturday, Neil Warnock's side will be effectively relegated.

Babel struck on 79 minutes at Craven Cottage with a good effort from 20 yards and though Cardiff had chances at the other end, Diego Rico did well in the Fulham goal to save his side who have rallied under Scott Parker since their relegation was confirmed.

Speaking after the final whistle Etheridge admitted he was looking for Newcastle to win at Brighton to keep his side in with a chance of survival.

He said: "We had our chances. It is a tough one to take. Both teams were tentative and we came out on the wrong end of it.

"We stayed in the game throughout. A fantastic strike broke the deadlock, we had our chances but could not take them.

"We felt we had to get something from game, we haven't. It was never in our hands. Hopefully Newcastle do us a favour and we are in it at the end."

Elsewhere on Saturday Southampton got the point they needed for survival, drawing 3-3 with Bournemouth.

Meanwhile Wolves edged closer to possible Europa League football with a win away at Watford. They are four points clear in seventh spot which would be enough for European football if Manchester City win the FA Cup final.

Cardiff are at home to Crystal Palace next weekend and are 9/5 for the win with the Eagles 7/5 and the draw is priced at 12/5.

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Stanislas faces long lay-off

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has admitted that Junior Stanislas may miss the start of next season after being forced to endure a hamstring operation.

The 29-year-old former Burnley star could be sidelined for up to four months after picking up the injury in last weekend's 1-0 home defeat to relegated Fulham.

The Cherries have had to contend with a host of long-term injury victims this term including Simon Francis, Lewis Cook and Charlie Daniels.

"Junior Stanislas could be out for three to four months, it's a big blow for us," Howe said ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Southampton.

Adam Smith, who picked up a muscle injury in the warm-up before the Fulham game, will also miss the clash at St Mary's, with Howe adding: "We'll have to see if he's back before the end of the season. We're hopeful he's not someone with a long-term injury.

"We'll need to be at our best [at Southampton]. It's so important for us to end the season strongly. We're hugely motivated to get the result."

Bournemouth, who are currently 14th in the Premier League table, are 31/10 to beat Southampton on Saturday. Saints are 200/1 to be relegated this season, while Brighton are 5/1 to go down and Cardiff City 1/8.

Hasenhuttl demands perfection

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has called for a more aggressive attitude from his players when they take on Watford on Tuesday.

Saints are still not safe from relegation after losing 3-1 at Newcastle United on Saturday although they are five points clear of the bottom three before the trip to Vicarage Road.

Hasenhuttl knows it will not be easy to beat a Hornets side that have an FA Cup final against Manchester City to look forward to next month.

"The message must be that a little bit of playing football is not enough for us, so we have to be aggressive again," said the Austrian.

"We have to work harder than we did on Saturday in the first half because otherwise against Watford, a very strong team, it is again a big problem to take something. I think we have the quality to win there or to take a point, but we need a really, really clinical and perfect performance.

"As always, we know that we are flexible and can change the shape sometimes. We showed that again, that we can immediately change the shape and get more comfortable. But preparing for this game, we will have a look at what this opponent demands from us, and then we will decide."

Southampton are 12/5 to win Tuesday's match and 12/1 to beat the Hornets 2-1.

Hughton: We’ve not downed tools

Chris Hughton accepts that his Brighton team have endured their worst spell of the campaign at exactly the wrong time.

The Seagulls have failed to score in their last five Premier League matches although Saturday's goalless draw against Wolves at Molineux did at least bring their four-match losing run in the top-flight to an end.

Brighton, who are currently available at 6/1 to be relegated this season, visit Tottenham on Tuesday and are 9/1 to beat Mauricio Pochettino's team.

Hughton said: "I don't think anybody could accuse a group of players at Wolves on Saturday of it not meaning enough or downing tools. Absolutely that's not the case.

"We are a team of our level playing in the Premier League and up until probably the last month or so we've been in a decent enough position in the league.

"Probably our poorest period came at the worst time. But that happens when you're playing in a division as difficult as this and when you are the level of club that we are. We have to find formulas and pull out results to get the points that we need."

Albion have taken nine points from a possible 42 in 2019 but Hughton is refusing to accepting that defeat at Spurs is inevitable.

The 60-year-old, who won two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup during his playing days with Spurs, added: "I was there all in all for 27 years and I have lots of memories as a player and as a coach.

"I'm looking forward to going to the new stadium. How much I'll enjoy it will be down to the performance the team put in but I'm hoping I can enjoy it."

Anthony Knockaert is suspended for the game and Davy Propper injured.

Warnock hails gutsy Cardiff

Neil Warnock says his Cardiff City players are enjoying the battle to preserve their top-flight status after the Bluebirds won their crunch game at Brighton 2-0 on Tuesday.

Cardiff picked up their third Premier League away win of the season thanks to goals by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison.

The victory leaves them two points away from the Seagulls in the battle to avoid the drop, although Chris Hughton's side, who lost 5-0 at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, do have a game in hand on Cardiff.

"We're fighting," said Warnock after the match. "We've got a lot of guts and determination. Whatever happens you can't fault the lads.

"We've been kicked in the teeth so many times since Christmas and we keep bouncing back. We can only do our best. We've had disappointing performances this season but the lads give me everything.

"We looked as if we were enjoying the battle. We had some super performances and played some really good football at times. On another day we could have scored a few more goals."

Cardiff, 1/3 to be relegated, face Liverpool this weekend, with Warnock adding: "We're certainly not in it to make up the numbers."

Cardiff are 11/2 to draw with Jurgen Klopp's team and 12/1 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.

Hughton handed Gross boost

Chris Hughton anticipates that Cardiff City will have been lifted by his Brighton side's dismal display in Saturday's 5-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

The Seagulls entertain Neil Warnock's team on Tuesday in a crunch fixture and Hughton is desperate for his side to bounce back following Saturday's mauling.

Brighton are still five points clear of the Welshmen as Cardiff were beaten 2-0 at Burnley. Brighton can be backed at 1/1 to beat the Bluebirds and at 5/2 to win the match by a one-goal margin.

Hughton said of Cardiff: "They are going to fight and scrap and, if any team have been lifted, it might be a team lifted by our result at home. They are going to come here and give us a very difficult game.

"I have a group of players that know they have performed nowhere near well enough against Bournemouth to get something from a game. Our responsibility is to make sure that we work hard enough."

Pascal Gross could feature in Tuesday's match after recovering from a hamstring injury. The German has been sidelined since picking up the problem against Leicester City in February.

Meanwhile, Solly March is set to replace Anthony Knockaert who was sent off for a dreadful challenge on Bournemouth's Adam Smith at the weekend.

March has recovered from the calf injury that forced him to miss the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City earlier this month and Saturday's humiliation against Eddie Howe's team.

Knockaert will be suspended for the games against Cardiff, Wolves and Tottenham.