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Can Burnley do it for 2018-19? Empty Can Burnley do it for 2018-19?

on Sun 19 Aug 2018, 11:45 am
Burnley will have to play a minimum of six games, and crucially win three ties including a play-off that could be against a side that doesn’t make it through Champions League qualifying, just to reach the Europa League proper.
For long-time Clarets supporters who remember the near oblivion of almost losing English Football League status in 1987 and being a third-tier club at the turn of the century, a European campaign after finishing seventh in the top flight last term is the stuff of dreams.
Although there is still some way for Dyche and his core of homegrown players from the British Isles to go before reaching the Europa League group stage, even neutrals can’t help but wish Burnley well.
A club of modest means, very much in the shade cast by more illustrious Premier League sides from the Northwest like reigning champions of England Manchester City and Champions League runners-up Liverpool, playing in Europe may actually prove to be the biggest gamble ever taken at Turf Moor.
Only the most passionate supporter could think of backing Burnley to go all the way and win the Europa League at 100/1. They are lovable underdogs, but surely not a serious betting prospect.
Should they make it through qualifying and into the group stage, the Clarets will have to handle playing most Thursday nights and at the weekend in the Premier League. That is going to stretch their squad and Burnley are as short at 11/4 with some bookmakers to be relegated this season.
And that is precisely why any progress in Europe is a gamble. You can get enhanced odds of 9/2 for Dyche’s side to go down as there have to be questions marks over how resources will cope.
While everyone at Turf Moor has to embrace the experience of a Europa League campaign, having worked hard to get closest to the top six, this is something of an acid test.

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Can Burnley do it for 2018-19? Empty Re: Can Burnley do it for 2018-19?

on Thu 30 Aug 2018, 8:31 am
They are up against it now though aren't they.
3-1 down after first leg against Olympiakos. Second leg is at Turf Moor and they do have an away goal but they need to win 2-0 to go through which could be a big ask.
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