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Burnley vs Bournemouth: Predictions
Burnley go into this game winless in their past three matches, form that has seen them slip down the Premier League table, now 17th (albeit still eight points ahead of the bottom three). But they will take the welcome distraction of the FA Cup, and a chance to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002/03.
It hasn’t been an easy ride to the fifth round for Burnley, requiring an injury-time equaliser and penalties to get over the first hurdle and avoid a minor ‘cupset’ against League One side MK Dons. Will Norris was the shootout hero, saving two penalties, allowing Phil Bardsley to score the winner. Things were a lot more straightforward in the fourth round, however, as Burnley cruised past fellow Premier League side Fulham.
For Bournemouth, the FA Cup has been their solace in a rough patch of form that has hurt their chances of gaining immediate promotion back to the Premier League. A 1-0 win over Stoke on the opening weekend of 2021 had Bournemouth second in the Championship, but they went on a five-game winless run that saw them drop to sixth and Jason Tindall sacked.
But scattered amongst the Championship winless run were two FA Cup victories against League Two opposition. The Cherries first beat Oldham Athletic 4-1 before a tighter game against Crawley Town in which they won 2-1, to reach the FA Cup fifth for the first time since 1988/89. They did also return to winning ways in the league at the weekend under interim boss Jonathan Woodgate, beating Birmingham 3-2.
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Burnley vs Bournemouth: Match Stats
Burnley have Jay Rodriguez to thank for their spot in the fifth round of the FA Cup as he dominated the show against Fulham, scoring twice and setting up one in the 3-0 win. It continued his excellent run for Burnley in cup competitions since re-signing at the start of last season, scoring five goals and recording two assists in six matches.
Sean Dyche has good reason to believe his side will reach their first FA Cup quarter-final since 2002/03, with Burnley having an excellent record against Bournemouth. The Clarets have won all three FA Cup ties against Bournemouth (including a replay victory in 1966) and have also lost just one of their previous 18 home matches versus the Cherries.
22 February 2020 – Burnley 3-0 Bournemouth – Premier League
21 December 2019 – Bournemouth 0-1 Burnley – Premier League
6 April 2019 – Bournemouth 1-3 Burnley – Premier League
22 September 2018 – Burnley 4-0 Bournemouth – Premier League
13 May 2018 – Burnley 1-2 Bournemouth – Premier League
Burnley have certainly enjoyed themselves against Bournemouth in recent years, winning the past four games between the two sides, scoring 11 goals and conceding just once. The Clarets also have the historical advantage, with 15 wins in 32 games across all competitions, to Bournemouth’s six, including six of the past 10.