Bournemouth vs Burnley: Can Burnley Give a Tough Fight Today?
Championship winners Burnley have struggled to find their footing in the Premier League, sitting just one point and one place above Bournemouth. Under the management of Vincent Kompany, they have lost four of their last five matches, with their only victory coming against Luton Town. The Clarets have struggled defensively, with only Sheffield United conceding more goals this campaign, and they are yet to keep a clean sheet.
Despite their struggles, all of Burnley's points this season have been earned away from home, including a draw with Nottingham Forest. However, they will need to bounce back quickly from their recent 3-0 defeat to Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium, where Yoane Wissa, Bryan Mbeumo, and Saman Ghoddos all found the back of the net.
Bournemouth have had a challenging start to their Premier League campaign, failing to secure a win in their first nine matches and finding themselves in the relegation zone with just three points. Under new manager Andoni Iraola, the team has faced further difficulty, suffering a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers in their most recent match, with former Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil leading Wolves to victory. Bournemouth have lost four consecutive matches, with their last point coming from a goalless draw against Chelsea.
Their record against Burnley in recent league matches hasn’t been favorable, with six losses, two wins, and four consecutive defeats in their last encounters. As they look ahead to challenging fixtures against Manchester City and Newcastle United, Bournemouth are in desperate need of a positive result to turn their season around.
Let’s checkout the match highlights today:
- In the 2nd minute, Both Burnley and Bournemouth have had difficulties finding the back of the net this season, making this upcoming match a crucial opportunity for both teams to turn their fortunes around. In terms of shots on target in the Premier League this season, only Luton Town has fewer than Burnley's 24, with Burnley also recording the second-lowest expected goals tally at 7.7.
- On the other hand, Bournemouth has scored the fewest goals in the league, a mere six, and also holds the lowest shot conversion rate at 5.9 percent. This match, therefore, presents a prime opportunity for both teams to improve their goal-scoring records.
- In the 4th minute, Semenyo skillfully shifts his body from right to left, deceiving a defender on the wing and creating space for himself. He then advances into the open area and cuts inside, sending a pass across to Tavernier. In response, Tavernier directs the ball back across the box, but Koleosho is quick to react, getting back in time to make the crucial interception.
- In the 9th minute, Kelly manages to connect with the ensuing corner, attempting a shot on goal. However, his effort lacks power, and Trafford easily gathers the ball.
- In the 11th minute, it’s a goal! Taylor finds the net, giving Burnley a 1-0 lead! Following a corner from the left side, Zabarnyi heads the ball clear, but O'Shea diligently plays it back to Taylor. Without hesitation, Taylor unleashes a powerful strike that flies past Radu and into the goal. What an incredible moment for the defender!
- In the 17th minute, Burnley are executing an effective high press, preventing Bournemouth's defense from maintaining possession for significant stretches. The hosts have opted for long balls a few times, but these attempts have often led to a loss of possession.
- In the 22nd minute, it’s a goal! Semenyo equalizes! The score is now 1-1! Semenyo successfully gains possession in Burnley's half, quickly advancing into the penalty area. Although Tavernier is available on his left, Semenyo opts to take the shot himself, sending a powerful low drive into the bottom corner of the goal.
- In the 28th minute, Cullen receives the first yellow card of the match after fouling Aarons, who was attempting to launch a forward break.
- In the 34th minute, Koleosho successfully maneuvers past Kelly on the right flank and delivers a well-placed cross into the box. Amdouni makes a determined effort to reach the ball with his head but is unable to make the crucial connection to direct it towards the goal.
- In the 38th minute, Tavernier takes a corner from the left, delivering a dangerous cross into the box. Mepham manages to break free from his marker and gets a header on goal. Trafford reacts swiftly, making an initial save and then a follow-up save after Mepham's second attempt, pushing the ball over the crossbar to deny the chance.
- In the 43rd minute, Semenyo cuts inside from the right and aims for the bottom corner with a low strike. However, his shot takes a deflection off Taylor and narrowly misses the target, hitting the side of the net on its way out.
Three minutes added to the half-time.
- In the 47th minute, Semenyo sprints down the right side of the pitch in an attempt to reach a long ball played forward. He engages in a footrace with Trafford and manages to get his toe to the ball. Trafford, the goalkeeper, pushes it away from Semenyo's path. There are appeals for a handball, but the referee decides to let the game continue without awarding a foul.
- In the 48th minute, Bournemouth earns a free-kick on the right, just outside the box, following a foul on Aarons by Zaroury. Tavernier steps up to take the free-kick and fires a shot toward the goal. However, Trafford makes a crucial save, pushing the ball away to deny the opportunity.
- In the 52nd minute, Mepham sends a long ball forward, and Solanke manages to head it up into the air on the edge of the box. Solanke then rushes towards the ball, attempting to reach it before Trafford, the goalkeeper, but Trafford successfully collects it. In the process, Solanke collides with the goalkeeper, briefly staying down before getting back on his feet.
- In the 56th minute, Aarons gains the upper hand over Taylor on the outside and surpasses the defender. However, Taylor obstructs him from entering the box with a foul, resulting in Taylor receiving a yellow card for the infraction.
- In the 57th minute, Tavernier takes a free-kick from the right and delivers a low pass to Semenyo. Semenyo does a good job shielding the ball from Brownhill but shoots it straight at Trafford from a narrow angle.
- In the 64th minute, Bournemouth earns a couple of corners in quick succession. Scott takes the first one, but O'Shea heads it behind for another corner. The subsequent cross from the right looks promising, but there is a foul on Trafford in the middle, and Burnley regains possession.
- In the 67th minute, Al Dakhil receives a yellow card from the referee.
- In the 68th minute, Scott takes the ensuing free-kick from the left, curling his shot over the wall, but it sails wide and just over the target.
- In the 73rd minute, Rodriguez fouls Scott in Bournemouth's half following a Burnley giveaway in a precarious position. This could be seen as a sign of frustration from the striker, who has struggled to make an impact in the game.
- In the 76th minute, it’s a goal! Billing finds the net, and it's now 2-1 in favor of Bournemouth! This could be a crucial goal for the hosts. Burnley's possession play falters once more, with Vitinho losing the ball to Billing around the halfway line. Billing, the midfielder, notices Trafford slightly off his line and chips the goalkeeper. Trafford manages to get a glove on the ball, but he can't prevent it from crossing the line.
- In the 77th minute, Billing removes his shirt in celebration and is consequently shown a yellow card by the referee.
- In the 81st minute, a substitution for Burnley: Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson is coming off, and Nathan Daniel Jerome Redmond is coming on.
- In the 84th minute, Dango Aboubacar Faissal Ouattara receives a yellow card from the referee.
- In the 88th minute, Veira scores! Vieira maintains his composure as he steps up to take the penalty he earned. Foderingham dives to his right, but Vieira calmly slots the ball straight down the middle of the goal. Arsenal extends their lead to 4-0!
- In the 89th minute, it’s an offside! Burnley believed they had scored an equalizer. Redmond makes a sprint through the center of Bournemouth's half and delivers a throughball to Rodriguez. He controls it effectively and slots his shot into the corner of the net. However, the offside flag is raised, and there is a VAR check to confirm the decision.
Seven minutes added to the game.
- In the 92nd minute, it’s an offside but VAR is now checking! Burnley believed they had scored an equalizer. Redmond makes a burst through the heart of Bournemouth's half and plays a throughball into the path of Rodriguez. He controls it adeptly and slots his shot into the corner of the net. However, the offside flag is raised, and there is a VAR check to review the decision.
- In the 94th minute, the final decision is offside! After an extensive VAR review to determine whether Rodriguez was in an offside position when Redmond played the pass to him, the offside decision is upheld, and the game continues without the goal standing.
- In the 98th minute, a great opportunity for Burnley! The away side opts for a short corner routine. Taylor delivers a curling ball into the box, and Berge connects with it. Radu initially saves his header, but Berge fires the rebound over the crossbar.
- In the 100th minute of the game, Larsen makes a quick dash down the right flank and attempts to bypass Kelly on the outside. However, the Bournemouth captain manages to get in the way, regaining possession before clearing the ball up the field.
- In the 101st of the game, a late chance for Berge to score, but his effort deflects into the hands of Radu.
And, it’s over now! Bournemouth have won the match with flying colors. There were many ups and downs in the game; however, we finally have the winner who presented great play in the game. So, stay tuned for more!