Burnley v Skunks. Bees v Leeds Premiership Relegation Thread

r00fie1

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There`s nothing like leaving unfinished business to the final day of the season.
For some fans it can mean the elation of snatching your first Premiership title from under the noses of arch rivals - see Aguero`s superb winning goal in extra time against QPR in 2012!
It was heartbreaking to see the Manchester United players pain as they realised they had ended up in second place.
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Ironically, United were playing at Sunderland`s dusty bowl - a club whose fans who are well used to relegation and defeat through the generations.
Yesterday`s victory over third division Wycombe was apparently a "landmark" - the Mackems record in play offs not being too good.

But today there are two contenders for relegation - as we know.
One is that little club over the Pennines in Lancashire.
Up untill this season, old gravel-chops kept them up with a mixture of kick-and-run and just-kick.
In spite of receiving money from the Premiership and TV - and advertisers - they always claim they are skint.

The "big club" [Dirty whites] are facing a return to "back where we belong" - the Championship - where they have spent the vast majority of their time in the last 20 years. No sympathy here. A raft of questionable owners, incompetent Managers and inconsistent players has given them a checkered past 20+ years.

Just like fans at Forest and Sid James Park have come to realise - what happened way back since the beginning of time, doesnt guarantee anyone a place in the top flight. Sentiment doesnt pay the bills and find good consistent players. Its nice to be "loved" by certain media - but one thing is certain: relegated clubs are soon forgotten and the media have another "love - in" with the next club which comes along.

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Hopefully Brentford can finish the job and send them back where they came from.

Jesse Marsch has done a reasonable job with kick-and-run players, but he will no doubt be blamed by their "fans" for the previous managers failings.
Never mind.

Eddie Howes continental squad will hopefully "be on the beach" and help the plucky Clarets stay safe for another season.(y)

At least we will have 12 points in the bag from Sunlun and Leeds this coming season.(y)
 
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r00fie1

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PREVIEW
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Brentford came from behind to beat nine-man Everton 3-2 last weekend and they now round off a thoroughly impressive first campaign in the top flight since 1946/47 against a Leeds United side who are in a desperate two-way battle to avoid relegation.

Ominously for the desperate visitors, Thomas Frank’s side have won seven of their last ten (D1, L2) Premier League (PL) fixtures, including three of their previous four at home, where they have also kept four successive clean sheets.

Yet while the ‘Bees’ are finishing the season strongly, The Brentford Community Stadium has hardly been the go-to place for excitement. There have been just 40 goals there in 18 games (only Brighton’s AMEX Stadium has witnessed fewer strikes), with both teams scoring on only seven occasions.

Whereas Brentford go into this game with little to play for, the same cannot be said for Leeds, who slipped into the bottom three after Thursday’s results due to their shocking goal difference, meaning they must now better Burnley’s result against Newcastle to avoid a return to the Championship.

After an initial strong start to life at Elland Road, Jesse Marsch’s honeymoon period is well and truly over, with his side heading into this fixture on a wretched run of five without a win (D2, L3).

They are blighted by suspensions to Dan James and Luke Ayling and their tally of 40 away goals conceded is more than any other top-flight team, bar bottom club Norwich.

There are, however, some positives. United have lost just one of their last four on the road (W2, D1), while only two of their nine away defeats have come against sides currently in the bottom half of the table.

Players to watch: Brentford’s Yoane Wissa is bang in form at the moment, netting his fourth goal in eight games against Everton on Sunday having managed just three in his first 21 PL appearances.

Meanwhile, with ten strikes and three assists, nobody has had more goal involvements for Leeds this season than Raphinha, including an assist in the reverse fixture at Elland Road in December.

Hot stat: Leeds are winless in 11 away games against Brentford, a run dating back to August 1950 when they picked up a 2-0 victory at Griffin Park in Division Two.




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It all comes down to this for Burnley. A relegation shootout with Leeds on the final day of a long, arduous Premier League (PL) season to decide who will be playing top-flight football next season.

Whilst Burnley boast home advantage here against Newcastle, the ‘Clarets’ will be acutely aware that they only need to match the result Leeds obtain away at Brentford to secure survival due to their vastly superior goal difference.

A battling point away to Aston Villa in midweek (1-1) ensured Burnley come into this mammoth clash outside the relegation zone, but having lost their last three PL meetings against Newcastle, there is sure to be some nerves in the Burnley camp ahead of this clash. Heightening those jitters, Mike Jackson’s side have lost their final PL outing in each of the last five seasons, but three wins from Burnley’s last four games at Turf Moor should soothe those fears.

Newcastle impressively swept aside Arsenal 2-0 last time out, and could yet secure a top-half finish if results elsewhere go their way. Boss Eddie Howe may fancy his chances of completing a remarkable Newcastle turnaround and potentially down his former club in the process, considering only three sides have collected more PL points so far in 2022 than Newcastle’s 35.

With Newcastle winning their final league game in six of the last seven seasons, history would suggest a top-ten finish is a possibility, but four defeats from their last five PL away games (W1) raises questions about their travelling credentials. Those defeats did come against teams above Burnley in the table though and Newcastle actually remain unbeaten against the PL’s bottom-four this season (W3, D4)!

Players to watch: Burnley may look to Maxwel Cornet for inspiration, especially as four of his last five goals have come at Turf Moor. Meanwhile, Callum Wilson has returned to action, and his last PL goal was the decider in Newcastle’s 1-0 win in the reverse fixture.

Hot stat: There has been a goal inside 15 minutes in four of Burnley’s last five home games.

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GazBoro

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Apparently Burnley are financially fcuked if they get relegated. They have a massive loan to pay off if relegated. Total rebuild job on a shoestring for them. From that perspective I'd rather see them go down than Leeds, who I'd expect to be a force in the champo.

In fact if Burnley join Watford and Norwich, I don't see any stand out team in the championship next season we should be wary of. (y)
 

Squarewheelbike

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Now Dyche has gone from Burnley I hope they stay up. It would've been interesting to see what would've happened to Everton if they had gone down, that said when they get their books looked at they may be the next Derby!
 
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