For whatever reason, at the start of the season, Burnley are often a seen as a favourite for relegation. Despite that, and despite their cast and crew (manager included) not being the most star-studded, they've continuously steered clear of relegation from the Premier League since their promotion in 2016. Since said promotion, Burnley have finished as high as 7th place in the table and even enjoyed a brief spell in the Europa League, despite never playing the most flashy brand of football. Sean Dyche and his team play a gritty, unconventional brand of football, and their resilient 4-4-2 low-block has troubled even the very best of teams and managers. Perhaps more impressively in the current time, Burnley have now gone 7 games unbeaten in the Premier League, allowing Sean Dyche to claim his second ever Manager of the Month Award in February 2020. Here is a Tactical Analysis of Sean Dyche's 4-4-2 system and compact style of play with Burnley F.C.
The 4-5-1 is the perfect formation for counter-attacking football and instills a defensive mindset in any team. As such it is a particularly popular formation for defensive-minded managers and is universally used to defend a lead. The 4-5-1 is also incredibly flexible, providing a lot of different ways managers can employ the tactic. Nearly every … Continue reading 3 Ways To Play in a 4-5-1
Picking a starting lineup for a football match can be a difficult task for any manager. There are so many different considerations that must go into the decision of who starts any match. This can range from fitness levels to injuries to work ethic to commitment to your opposition to the way different players mesh … Continue reading Picking The Perfect Starting Lineup
The Mastermind brings you an exclusive guide to every single Premier League team going into the highly anticipated 2017-18 season. From lineups, to transfers to the wackiest of predictions, The Mastermind has you covered. Here is your guide to last season's 16th place finishers, Burnley. BURNLEY INTRODUCTION Going into the 2016-17 season, Burnley … Continue reading 2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Burnley
The 2016-17 Premier League season is coming to a close but there is still so much to play for. Hull City, Swansea City, Burnley and Bournemouth all earned impressive results that could help their quest to stay up while Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal all slipped up in their quests for the top four. … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 35
Gameweek 19 marked the halfway point in the 2016-17 season and what a first half of the season it has been in the Premier League. Gameweek 19 also saw Antonio Conte's Chelsea equal the all-time record for most consecutive wins in the Premier League, equalling the record set by Arsenal's "Invincibiles" in 2001/02. On top … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 19
The Team of the Week was more or less said and done until Chelsea's smashing 4-0 victory gave The Mastermind a selection headache with so many standout players contributing to that massive victory. With so few of the top eight picking up points and so few goals being scored beyond Chelsea's 4-0 whopping of Manchester United, it … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 9
In the most ridiculous stat of the weekend that must be some kind of record, Liverpool had 80% of the possession against Burnley, but it was the Clarets who walked away with a 2-0 win. It's not even as if Liverpool did nothing with all the possession they had but Sean Dyche and Burnley just put … Continue reading Burnley vs. Liverpool Review