In this blog, FPL draft Hub will walk you through Burnley FC key players, signings and tactics throughout preseason, direct from the clubs match reports to guide your Fantasy Premierleague Draft picks on Draft Day.
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Crewe Alexandra 1 – 0 Burnley Football Club
20 July 2019
Ashley Westwood captained the Clarets as he made a popular return to the Alexandra Stadium.
But the midfielder couldn’t help Burnley overcome his former club as League Two Crewe warmed up for the start of their season in a fortnight’s time with a morale-boosting win.
Westwood started his career with the Railwaymen and won promotion and captained the club before he left to join Aston Villa at the age of 22.
Fleetwood Town 0 – 2 Burnley Football Club
23 July 2019
Goalscorers: Koiki, Wood
Ali Koiki scored his first senior goal and Chris Wood extended his prolific pre-season run as the Clarets continued their build-up with a tidy victory at Highbury Stadium.
Koiki made the most of his opportunity to play in a more advanced role with the Clarets’ opening goal just before the break.
And following nine changes at half-time on a sweltering evening on the Fylde coast, substitute Wood tapped in his sixth goal of the pre-season schedule to double the lead with almost an hour gone.
Boss Sean Dyche gave 45 minutes to 19 of his outfield players, with only central defender Kevin Long having to put in an extended shift in the absence of Ben Mee and Ben Gibson, who are both nursing knocks.
Charlie Taylor was fit enough to make a welcome return for his first outing of the summer programme against the club where he previously enjoyed a promotion success during a loan spell from Leeds United.
Wigan Athletic 2 – 2
Burnley Football Club
27 July 2019
Goalscorers: Rodriguez, McNeil
Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil both struck in the opening 10 minutes as Burnley surrendered a two-goal lead to draw at Wigan.
The Clarets looked in cruise control following Rodriguez’s simple opener and a stunning strike from McNeil.
But Paul Cook’s Championship side struck back through Anthony Pilkington’s goal before half time – and earned a confidence-boosting share of the spoils through Joe Gelhardt’s smart low effort after the break.
It was another strong side for the final pre-season trip of the season, with Ben Mee operating at centre back after missing last weekend’s double header.
And the Clarets had the perfect start in the fifth minute with a delightful opener.
Ashley Barnes spun onto a precise ball infield from Ashley Westwood and slid a perfect through ball to send Johann Berg Gudmundsson clear.
The Icelandic wide man could have gone for goal, but spotted Rodriguez unmarked on the penalty spot and slid the ball perfectly into the striker’s path for a simple tap-in.
Five minutes later, the lead was doubled in fine style.
Again, Gudmundsson and Barnes were the architects and when the latter laid the ball off, McNeil fired a terrific first-time effort into the bottom right hand corner from outside the area.
Burnley Football Club
6 – 1 Nice
30 July 2019
Goalscorers: Wood, Wood, Hendrick, Gudmunsson, Wood, Rodriguez
Chris Wood continued his pre-season scoring spree with a hat-trick as it rained goals amidst a mid-summer soaking at Turf Moor.
Sean Dyche’s squad couldn’t have done any more to look ready for the task as they romped to a victory spearheaded by Wood, who made it nine goals during the summer schedule, and with further strikes from Jeff Hendrick, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jay Rodriguez’s first back in a Burnley shirt.
The game was over as a contest inside the opening 20 minutes as the Clarets – still missing the injured trio of Nick Pope, Ben Gibson and Robbie Brady – roared into a 3-0 lead.
Right from the start Burnley were all over their French opposition as they played with a real intensity and discipline that left the visitors with no answer.
Barnes and Wood hunt as a pair and when Wood latched onto the loose ball, he turned sharply to fire home on the volley from eight yards.
The newly crowned New Zealand player of the year has enjoyed an electric pre-season and he quickly doubled his tally on the night with a typical poacher’s finish, side-footing in from close-range after Gudmundsson had retrieved the ball and crossed low after a Hendrick shot had been parried.
Hendrick wouldn’t be denied for long, though, as the midfielder made it 3-0 after 18 minutes from a wonderfully worked set-piece.
Ashley Westwood – again a bundle of energy – arrowed a superb free-kick deep into the penalty area to pick out an unmarked Ben Mee.
Mee’s powerful header in turn located Hendrick beyond the opposite post and the Irishman coolly chested the ball down before rifling in a low shot.
Cardinale pounced to beat Barnes to the rebound but with 10 minutes to go before the respite of half-time, the Nice keeper was beaten again when Barnes ferried the ball wide to Gudmundsson to pick his spot and locate the bottom corner of the net with angle drive from the edge of the penalty area.
The Clarets made three changes at the break, but they did little to stem the flow as Dyche’s men quickly went for a fifth goal.
And with just over an hour gone Wood did complete his treble.
Nice had been unable to cope with the Clarets’ high-tempo approach and after being pressed back again, Khephren Thuram gifted the ball to Wood, who took a touch before thumping the ball past back-pedalling substitute goalkeeper Yannis Clementia.
The visitors did pull a goal back with 20 minutes to go when Saint-Maximin managed to force the ball over the line just as the Clarets were about to bring on three further substitutes – including Rodriguez for his Turf Moor return as Dyche re-shuffled his attacking formation.
And the summer signing wasted no time in making himself back at home as he ran onto Matt Lowton’s pull-back to clinically slot home the Clarets’ sixth goal 12 minutes from the end of a soggy night that whet the appetite for things to come.
Burnley Football Club
2 – 0 Parma
03 August 2019
Goalscorers: Rodriguez, Rodriguez
Jay Rodriguez fired the final shots of the phoney war as the Clarets ended their pre-season programme with another accomplished win.
Rodriguez’s second-half double made it back-to-back victories over European opposition with a week to go until the start of the Premier League season.
Italian top-flight outfit Parma made this a more difficult test than the 6-1 mid-week win over Nice.
But the Clarets still had enough about them to turn up the power and chalk up a morale-boosting success secured by two headers from the returning Rodriguez.
The summer signing followed his first goal back at Turf Moor again Nice with two more predatory efforts in front of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand.
And like a number of his team-mates, he must now wait to see whether he will face former club Southampton when the real thing starts at Turf Moor next Saturday.
Dyche had suggested his final pre-season starting line-up would not necessarily reflect that which sets out against the Saints for a second season running.
And it certainly appeared the manager was using the last chance to spread some game-time across his squad as just four players who started the rout against Nice were in from the off here.
Nick Pope returned in goal – wearing the number one jersey – after missing the last three warm-up fixtures with a slight groin problem.
And Ben Gibson and Robbie Brady were also back after similar absences.