Burnley finished 17th with 39 points last season. They were 11 points clear of relegation but was the bottom of all the 17 teams which survived.
FPL Team Preview Burnley
2020/21 Premier League Season
Burnley finished 10th in the PL in the 2019-20 season and expectations were high but they ended 2020/21 just in the safety zone.
They didn’t win a single match till November and ended their season losing 7 of the last 9 matches. Overall, they were never higher than 15th in the table. Not a fairytale season for the Clarets but the fans who be relieved that they get another season of Premier League football as crowd returns to the grounds.
They scored just 33 goals last season and only relegated Sheff Utd and Fulham have fewer goals – clearly indicating that the attack require reinforcements.
Chris Wood (7.0 | FWD) was one of the positives for the side last season registering 12 goals and 3 assists in his 33 appearances. This was his fourth consecutive season where he scored 10+ goals.
He is likely to continue to start all the games barring injuries and will also take the important set-pieces which makes him a great asset for your team.
He had an average xG+A/90 of 0.49 which again, is good for a cheap striker.
However, Wood is named in New Zealand’s Olympic squad and will play in the tournament which will last until 7 Aug. Depending on when New Zealand exits the competition, Wood may miss the start of the season if he is given extra rest days.
Nick Pope (5.5 | GK) had also enjoyed a great season as he registered 11 clean sheets; he also had the 2nd most number of bonus points.
However, he remains expensive for a team that is likely to struggle again for the season, unless they make significant reinforcements.
His injury which kept him out of Euro 2020 may still be of a concern, definitely worth keeping tabs on that before the start of the season.
Other Players to watch for
James Tarkowski (5.0 | DEF) was also brilliant last season and had a goal to his name. He had an average xG+A/90 of 0.17 which was respectable.
As the club captain he is nailed on to start all games. He is currently owned by 1.4% of managers which makes him an excellent differential too.
Dwight McNeil (6.0 |MID) is on our list of players to target. He had 2 goals and 5 assists with an average xG+A/90 of 0.19 with 0.79 shots per game which makes him good enough for a non-premium midfielder. The concern is of course Burnley’s overall ability to score goals.
Matthew Lowton (4.5 | DEF) was one of the interesting FPL picks of last season, scoring 103 FPL points – only one of 7 Burnley players to score 100+. He makes our shortlist and should he start to get games under his belt, he makes a good 4.5 defender for easy games.
His heatmap last season is good reading for managers who want an attack-minded budget defender.
Burnley have signed Stoke’s 20-year-old center-back Nathan Collins (4.5 | DEF) for 12 million pounds. Collins is highly rated and is already a U21 international with Republic of Ireland. However, he is probably deemed as a longer term prospect for the side and may need time to ease into the starting XI.
First 5 Fixtures
A tough start for Burnley, but it could be worse. After a home game against Brighton, they visit Anfield, but they did win there last season. Thereafter they entertain attacking sides like Leeds, Everton and Arsenal.
Wood remain the only worthwhile Burnley attacking option to consider. Even so, his involvement in the Olympics make his GW01 appearance not 100% certain.
Pope is currently the most owned Burnley asset at ~6% but his price tag does not bode well with managers who will prefer spending the cash elsewhere.
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