Burnley tests Liverpool as the two sides meet on September 1, 2019, at Turf Moor.
Burnley was founded in 1882 and it was among the dozen founding members of the Football League in 1888. They won their first English title when they captured the First Division in 1920/21. They won a second one in 1959/60 but were relegated to the Third Division in 1979/80 and to the Fourth Division five years later. They crept their way back to the Premier League with a series of titles and promotions. Having played in all levels of the English Football system, Burnely joins Wolverhampton, Preston North End, Sheffield United, and Portsmouth as the only clubs to win all four divisions of English football.
They finished 15th in the EPL final table during the previous term and earned a total of 40 points the entire season. Burnley were also participants in the FA Cup, EFL Cup, and UEFA Europa League, the latter being their first time to qualify in a European Tournament in over 50 years.
James Takowski has built a terrific partnership with Ben Mee on defense and he will have to dig deep this season if Burnley wants to improve their finish and avoid relegation because even with his presence, the goals kept leaking. This side gave up just 38 goals in 2016/17 but 68 in 2018/19. That’s the reason why Burnley faltered despite scoring nine more goals last season than the previous one.
Jay Rodriguez has returned for a second tour of duty in Turf Moor. He has never been a prolific striker but after scoring 22 goals in 2018/19 for West Brom, he has plenty to show in the Premier League. Meanwhile, forward Ashley Barnes has scored four goals in the first three matches for Burnley in a fast start.
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Liverpool was founded 127 years ago in 1892 and joined the Football League the following year. It is one of the most successful and popular football teams in the world The club has won six European Cups which is more than any English team in history. Liverpool has also won three UEFA Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, 18 League titles, seven FA Cups a record 8 League Cups, 15 FA Community Shields, and one Football League Super Cup title.
Upon taking over, Jurgen Klopp led the Reds to runner-up finishes in the Football League Cup and the UEFA Europa League. They finished runners-up behind Manchester City during the 2018-19 term with 97 points, a record for a second-placed squad. They have made the Champions League final in two straight seasons and they defeated Tottenham 2-0 to win the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.
Liverpool boasts of a lineup that has the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Djik. Salah leads all goal scorers with three goals already this season while Mane and Van Djik have also found the back of the net this early. Liverpool has scored a total of nine goals in their first three matches, all wins. Moving ahead, we can expect more from this powerhouse cast.
Liverpool is a big soccer betting favorite here because it has lost to Burnley only once in their last ten meetings with the Reds going 8-1-1 SU in their last 10 head to head meetings, including wins in the last three. Last March, Liverpool handed Burnley a 4-2 beating at Anfield. Last December 2018, the Reds also beat Burnley 3-1 here at Turf Moor.
The Reds have started their season on a high note, winning their first three matches by an aggregate score of 9-3. That tally shows that they have been doing the job on both sides of the field, scoring goals on one end and stopping the opposition on the other end. Mohamed Salah is off to a fast start and the likes of Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Djik are also playing well to start the season.
Liverpool has owned this matchup historically and they are playing very well right now. On the other hand, Burnley is 1-1-1 to start the 2019/20 Premier League season and they have shown flashes. When it comes to form and talent level though, I don’t think they can match with Liverpool here. Prediction: Liverpool