Burnley fend off Foxes to boost Europa League hopes

Aubrey Yates
April 15, 2018

Provided Southampton does not win the FA Cup instead of other semifinalists Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham, seventh place would be enough for a spot in the Europa League.

Burnley's latest win made it five straight, the first time they had achieved that in half a century.

They are now eighth in the league but a win against Burnley on Saturday could move them to within three points of Sean Dyche's side.

After keeping clean sheets in six of their opening nine Premier League home games this season, and conceding just three goals, Sean Dyche's side have conceded in each of their last six at Turf Moor (nine goals in total).

Yet Dyche said: "How can there be a negative?"

Having only made it into the Burnley team due to Tom Heaton's shoulder injury earlier this season, Pope has held onto his position even with the club captain back fit, and his performances earned him a maiden global call-up for recent friendlies against Netherlands and Italy, where he was an unused sub.

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He said: "I think when we finished a game with this quality, without good tempo, it was a big disappointment and frustration for all". Burnley, though, just about did enough to see the game through.

Wood had scored at Turf Moor for Leicester four years ago with a goal that helped the Foxes clinch the Championship title ahead of Burnley.

And early goals from Chris Wood and Kevin Long stretched the Clarets' advantage over their eighth-placed opponents to nine points with five matches remaining.

"I have confidence with Silva, of course, and the young player, Choudhury". It is more than 50 years since the Clarets have been involved in a continental competition.

The Frenchman thinks it is an achievement Leicester have something to play for at this stage of the campaign given where they were when he arrived.

Wilfred Ndidi serves the second of his two game ban, Matty James and Vicente Iborra have been ruled out for the season and Daniel Amartey, while on the path to recovery, is still out.

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