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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
7 Tottenham 1 1 0 4
8 Burnley 1 0 1 3
9 West Brom 1 0 1 3
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Why the Premier League's promoted teams have started strong

Turning the page from off-the-field strife, Hull City finds itself in surprising position near the top of the table.
Turning the page from off-the-field strife, Hull City finds itself in surprising position near the top of the table.

After a Premier League season in which Leicester City became one of the most unlikely winners in history, the underdog trend has continued into the new campaign. Over the first two weeks, the promoted teams have all impressed, with Burnley collecting three points, Middlesbrough four and Hull City -- tipped rock bottom by most pundits -- six. Only one newcomer, Norwich, got relegated last season. Considering the solid start, one wonders whether the two-out of-three rate can be emulated, or even bettered, this time.

Some of the new arrivals are better equipped than others. Middlesbrough have recruited heavily and look the strongest on paper, while Burnley have struggled to do likewise and rely on much of last season's core. Hull have done well to even get a team out at all, having kicked off the season with 13 fit senior players. Yet resources and results do not always correlate in the Premier League. Below follows an examination of the approaches of the three teams and what the underlying numbers tell us so far.

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 By PA Sport

Sean Dyche expects Burnley to maintain standards vs. Accrington

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson breaks down the latest of social media world, including Christian Benteke's social media mishap.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has no fears his players will struggle to find motivation for Wednesday's EFL Cup clash with Accrington following their surprise victory against Liverpool.

The Clarets are following up their 2-0 win over Jurgen Klopp's men at Turf Moor on Saturday with the short trip to the Wham Stadium for their second-round tie.

But Dyche will not accept his players falling below their usual standards and, while he admitted he will make some changes, the 45-year-old will be sending out a...

 By PA Sport

FA charges Burnley's Andre Gray with misconduct for homophobic tweets

English Premier League: Andre Gray (37') Burnley 2-0 Liverpool
Burnley's Andre Gray has until next week to respond to the FA's misconduct charge.

The Football Association has charged Burnley's Andre Gray with misconduct for homophobic tweets the striker posted four years ago.

Gray's tweets were shared across social media last weekend as he scored his first Premier League goal.

On Saturday night, Gray apologised for the tweets, which he sent in January 2012 when he was still a non-league player with the now-defunct Hinckley United.

He stressed in a statement that he was a changed man from the one who posted such thoughts as: "Is it me...

 By Mark Rodden

Steven Defour praises 'fantastic' Burnley fans after dream debut

Sean Dyche says it doesnt matter what Burnley's possession stats were, his philosophy is all about attacking.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains how Burnley exposed Liverpool's defence in the side's 2-0 win.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley dissects the issues Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are having in their defence after the club's 2-0 loss to Burnley.
Jurgen Klopp praises Burnley's approach to the game and ability to take advantage of Liverpool's struggles.

Steven Defour has lauded Burnley's fans for their support after his new club beat Liverpool on his debut.

Defour, 28, joined Burnley from Anderlecht last week and the club's record signing made an immediate impact by setting up a goal as the Clarets beat Liverpool 2-0 on Saturday.

The former Porto and Standard Liege midfielder experienced some problems with fans in Belgium but he was impressed by the backing Burnley received at Turf Moor.

"It was obviously nice to start that way," Defour was quoted...