Burnley’s poor start to the new Premier League season continued in their goalless draw against Norwich City, a result which dented either side’s immediate hopes of climbing up the Premier League table. Before this game, Burnley were on their longest run at the start of a Premier League season under Dyche without a clean sheet. They are currently in the relegation zone and are yet to win a single fixture. Dyche’s men have grabbed just three points from their seven encounters in the league with three draws and four losses.
In their recent game against Norwich, Burnley were not in the position to complain at the final whistle as they lacked both quality and goals. But this is a territory that Burnley are quite familiar with as they were also without a single win after seven games last season and yet they survived relegation by 11 points. There is still time before Burnley need to hit the panic button. In the recent post-match interview Dyche stated that although his side are finding it hard to score goals, they are getting into key areas. He is certain that the belief among the players is strong but they require an edge.
In all fairness, Burnley have not performed too badly this season but their habit of switching for patches of 10-15 minutes during the game has cost them. The Clarets’ key area of concern is keeping hold of a lead in the scenario that they score first. In the past Burnley have held on to their lead resolutely without conceding many goals or errors.
Although the mood around Turf Moore remains largely positive, it can change in an instant if Burnley do not start producing a string of decent results.
Let’s examine Burnley’s stats this season to understand what exactly has gone right or wrong for them.
In the recent game against Norwich City, Burnley lead in most of the attacking metrics both McNeil and Wood had a high xG. McNeil also led the dribbles chart. There are many players in the Burnley squad who can act as a springboard for Burnley’s resurgence.
As indicated by Burnley’s shot map, they did not shy away from taking shots at their opponent’s goal. They took 13 total shots but only had three shots on target they can definitely work to improve their shot accuracy.
Burnley rank at the top both in terms of successful crosses and successful crosses per 90 above Premier League giants Manchester City and Liverpool. Their problem in finding the back of the net is further indicated by the above visual as they have been unable to take advantage in front of the goal. They have to involve their forwards more into the game if they are to solve their goal-scoring issues.
The Clarets ranks at the bottom in terms of open play duration for more than 45 seconds. This indicates their inability to hold on to their possession for long. They also rank in 12th spot in terms of match tempo. These stats further indicate that they have not been able to control matches and produce strings of passing moves that can allow them to bypass the opposition defence.
Although in the past Burnley had a reputation of playing dirty, they have turned it all around in their last couple of seasons. Not only have they turned it around but they have done so achieving an outstanding disciplinary record. In their recent game against Norwich they finished a match without a red card for the 100th consecutive Premier League fixture. In terms of both fouls and fouls per 90 they are placed at 9th spot in the Premier League.
Burnley have all the experience that they need for a side that hasn’t registered a victory in their opening seven league fixtures. They have been scrappy and have moved out of the relegation zone in the latter half of the season before. Perhaps all they need is a string of decent results in order to revive their form. Despite not being deadly in front of the goal they have demonstrated an attacking threat in their recent games.