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 By Jamie Smith

Patrick Bamford should get his chance to impress for Burnley

Bamford is an intriguing striker and Burnley could well benefit from his versatility in Andre Gray's absence.

Friday's news that Andre Gray has been given a four-match ban for historic social media posts, effective immediately, is a blow to Burnley's survival chances. Despite being early in the season, Gray will miss Monday's Premier League game at home to Watford and three tough fixtures against Arsenal, Southampton and Everton.

While Clarets fans will understandably be dismayed and frustrated to lose their star striker for such a long period to a punishment that seems to affect the club more than the...

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Arsenal face Chelsea, champs Leicester's trip to Manchester United

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Manchester United should drop Wayne Rooney.
The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Manchester United should drop Wayne Rooney.
The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Manchester United should drop Wayne Rooney.

Chelsea will look to hit back after last week's 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool when they travel to bitter rivals Arsenal on Saturday evening. 

Manchester United, meanwhile, are stuck in a rut. Yes, they won against League One Northampton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, but it's two defeats in a row in the league ahead of the visit of champions Leicester.

Elsewhere, Manchester City have a 100 percent record under Pep Guardiola, and the latest team to try and stop them, Swansea, lost 2-1...

 By Jamie Smith

Unimaginative Burnley ripped apart by Premier League champions Leicester

A brace from record-signing Islam Slimani steered Leciester to a comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes react to Leicester City's 3-0 win over Burnley at King Power Stadium.

After a decent first half in which Burnley matched Leicester City and fell behind to an injury-time sucker punch from Islam Slimani, the Clarets' second-half performance was an abomination, and the full-time scoreline of 3-0 flattered the visitors. Very little attacking threat coupled with ropey defending at the back meant a second successive battering on the road for Sean Dyche's men.

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The scoreline could and perhaps should have been more humiliating, though it has to be noted that...

 By Jamie Smith

How Sean Dyche uses £10m Jeff Hendrick could define Burnley's season

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Jeff Hendrick gives Burnley tactical flexibility in midfield, and at £10m, a selection headache at present.

Sean Dyche almost always sets his team up in a 4-4-2 formation, but the club-record signing of Jeff Hendrick gives him a lot of different tactical options.

With a fee of around £10 million paid to sign Hendrick from Derby County after a summer-long chase for the midfielder, it is clear Dyche made the Republic of Ireland international one of his top targets in the transfer window. Hendrick was on the bench for the 1-1 draw against Hull City on Saturday but impressed enough in a brief cameo...

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Arsenal face Hull test as leaders Man City seek win over Bournemouth

Arsenal take on Hull City as they look to stay in touch with the teams at the top, while Premier League leaders Manchester City will be looking to improve their position with a big win over Bournemouth.

Manchester United need a response to their 2-1 derby defeat at home to Manchester City as Jose Mourinho's men travel to Watford on Sunday, 

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MAN CITY: Pep Guardiola's men are in splendid form. They've won all seven of their opening matches of...

 By Jamie Smith

Defour Burnley's best with brilliant long-range strike in draw vs. Hull City

 

An equalizer deep into stoppage time is always a body blow, but it is hard to argue that Burnley deserved any more than a point from Saturday's 1-1 draw against Hull City. Steven Defour's long-range wonder goal had the Clarets on track for back-to-back home wins, but a piece of free-kick brilliance from the in-form Robert Snodgrass meant the spoils were shared -- a fair result overall.

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Defour continued to look a class above the rest of his teammates, and if it wasn't for Snodgrass's...