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Burnley vs Bournemouth preview, predictions & confirmed line-ups

By Steve Jennings

Published: 14:05, 22 February 2020 | Updated: 12:23, 25 February 2020

Eddie Howe goes back to his former club on Saturday as Bournemouth face a tough test against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Cherries are anything but safe yet, sitting just two points above the relegation zone going into the weekend.

Meanwhile, Burnley have steered clear of danger in recent weeks and could even find themselves in the top half by simply drawing.

Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, possible XIs and more.

When is Burnley vs Bournemouth and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Turf Moor

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020

Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Burnley vs Brighton

21 Dec 2019: Bournemouth 0-1 Burnley (Premier League)

6 Apr 2019: Bournemouth 1-3 Burnley (Premier League)

22 Sep 2018: Burnley 4-0 Bournemouth (Premier League)

13 May 2018: Burnley 1-2 Bournemouth (Premier League)

19 Nov 2017: Bournemouth 1-2 Burnley (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Burnley (WWWLW) 11-4 Bournemouth (LLLWL)

Ones to watch

Burnley: Jay Rodriguez

Bournemouth will rightly identify Matej Vydra as a key threat after the striker scored his first goal of the season last weekend, but in doing so they might end up ignoring Jay Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has stepped up and contributed four league goals this season and he will be keen to cement a place in the team during the absence of Barnes and Woods.

Key stat: Only Chris Wood (23) has registered more shots on target for Burnley in the Premier League this season than Jay Rodriguez (13).

Bournemouth: Diego Rico

Burnley are likely to make it difficult for Bournemouth to play through the middle, so the Cherries may have to make use of the flanks – that means the visiting full-backs could play a key role at Turf Moor.

Diego Rico, in particular, will look to bomb forward and make things happen in the final third, but he will also have to stay alert at the back. Thankfully, he is a master of the interception.

The question is: can Rico remain defensively resolute while also giving Bournemouth an attacking outlet?

Key stat: Diego Rico has made more interceptions than any other Premier League player this season (62).

Confirmed Burnley line-up

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Confirmed Bournemouth line-up

Squawka prediction

Bournemouth will be scrapping for points from now until the end of the season, while Burnley have recently given themselves some breathing space in the relegation scrap.

And while that means Eddie Howe’s men might be more desperate for the win, Burnley have home advantage and the better form. With that in mind, the hosts might edge this one.

Scoreline prediction: Burnley 2-1 Bournemouth