The Longball – Premier League Preview Show – Burnley

On this episode of The Longball Premier League Preview Show, John and Declan are joined by sports reporter for the Burnley Express - Dan Black, to discuss whether or not Burnley will ever change from a 4-4-2 (the answer is no). The panel also discuss whether Dwight McNeil could be unleashed this season, and how new signing Nathan Collins will fit into this Burnley back-line.

Sean Dyche – Burnley – Tactical Analysis (2020-21 Edition)

Sean Dyche's Burnley have managed to stay in the Premier League for five seasons in a row now, even reaching the Europa League in 2017-18. Despite that, many providing commentary over the game consistently pick the Clarets as favourites to go down each and every single season. In reality, Burnley never look in any danger of going down. This season it appears as though it's going to be another one in which Sean Dyche's men will steer clear of the drop with relative ease. Dyche's men play a gritty, unconventional brand of football, and their resilient 4-4-2 low-block has troubled even the best of teams and managers. Most recently, they became the first side to win at Anfield for over a thousand days. Here is an updated tactical analysis of Sean Dyche's Burnley, their tried and tested 4-4-2 system and their compact, long-ball style of play in 2020-21.

Chelsea 2-0 Burnley – Tactical Analysis

Thomas Tuchel's second match in charge went more to plan than his first, and after a fantastic team performance against Burnley we take an in-depth look at the tactics he used to blow the Clarets away. Here is our Tactical Analysis of Chelsea's 2-0 win over Burnley.

Sean Dyche – Burnley – Tactical Analysis (2019-20 Edition)

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.

3 Ways To Play in a 4-5-1

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 The Perfect Starting Lineup

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

2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Burnley

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

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 35

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

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 19

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

English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 9

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