Burnley vs Swansea City:
English Premier League 2016/17,
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK,
Venue: Turf Moor (Burnley).
Newly promoted sides Burnley will play Swansea City on Saturday afternoon at Turf Moor in their first Premier League game for the 2016/2017 campaign.
Burnley nearly made 100 points in their Championship campaign last season, and lost only 5 games from their 46 league games. They were unbeaten in their last 23 league games and they scored 72 goals to earn automatic promotion to English Premier League.
Swansea finished mid-table in the last Premier League season with 47 points, scoring 42 goals and conceded 52 goals. Swansea won only 12 games last campaign as they lost 15, they ended the season with an unbeaten run of 3 games and they will hope to continue the streak this season.
Burnley: Team News
Ashley Barnes is the only confirmed injury absentee for Burnley in the season opener against Swansea.
While loan signing from Liverpool, Jon Flanagan and Stephen Ward are minor doubts.
Burnley: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Heaton – Mee, Tarkowski, Keane, Lowton – Gudmundsson, Jones, Arfield, Boyd – Gray, Vokes.
Swansea: Team News
Francesco Guidolin has no major injury worries, but has to do without the services of key players Gylfi Sigurdsson, Federico Fernández and Ki Sung-yueng, who are short on fitness.
The new summer signings Fernando Llorente and Mike van der Hoorn are set to start to make their Premier League debut for Swansea.
Swansea: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Fabianski – Naughton, Hoorn, Amat, Rangel – Cork, Britton – Routledge, Leroy Fer, Montero – Llorente.
Burnley vs Swansea City: Head to Head
The two teams have played 10 times, with Swansea winning five of the ten games and have losing three times to Burnley.
They both played last in 2014/2015 season, were Swansea won both legs of the game with 1-0 each.
Burnley vs Swansea City: Prediction
Both teams are in good shape considering their pre-season friendly games. Swans were victorious in 5 of their 6 club friendlies, they have scored at least 2 goals in 54 of the 6 games and also they have kept clean sheets in 4 of the 6 games.
The host were unbeaten in the pre-season friendlies, which brings their unbeaten run to 29 games from their last season games. They won 4 of the 6 games and drew 2.
The game could go either way or even end in draw considering the good form of both teams, but the home team’s unbeaten streak is not to be overlooked. I predict a surprise win for the home team.
Burnley vs Swansea City: Tips
1. Burnley win or draw
2. Burnley to score first goal