BURNLEY, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth in action during the Premier League match between Burnley and AFC Bournemouth at Turf Moor on May 13, 2018 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

4 Key Battles That Could Decide the Premier League Clash Between Burnley and Bournemouth on Saturday

Burnley will host Bournemouth on Saturday in what will be a crucial game for the Clarets.


Sean Dyche's men are without a win this season and will hope that their home advantage will give them the edge over their visitors from the south coast. Burnley have conceded ten goals already this season and face a tough test if they are to keep a clean sheet this weekend.


In contrast to their hosts, the Cherries are in good form, having won three of their opening five matches this season. Bournemouth have scored ten goals, seven more than Burnley, and will be optimistic that they can add to their tally on Saturday.


Here are four key battles which could decide the the match at Turf Moor.

4. Ryan Fraser vs. Phil Bardsley

Ryan Fraser became the club's top scorer of the season, so far, with his double against Leicester City in their resounding win. The Scotsman's confidence will be high and Fraser is likely to cause problems for Burnley's back four with his pace.


Phil Bardsley is likely to lineup against the winger and the veteran defender will need to position himself well in order to nullify Fraser's pace. The 33-year-old may also be able to make attacking runs, which could force Fraser back into his own half.

3. Jeff Hendrick vs. Jefferson Lerma

The Irishman is one of the few players to get on the score sheet for Burnley this season. Hendrick has played behind the striker and in a midfield two this campaign, and his movement could help the Clarets secure their first win this season.


Jefferson Lerma will need to be alert to Hendrick's positional changes as he looks to contain the midfielder's threat. 


The Colombian has impressed for Bournemouth this season and he must boss the midfield if the Cherries are to secure back to back wins.

2. Asmir Begovic vs. Ashley Barnes

Asmir Begovic's only clean sheet this season came on the opening day against Cardiff at the Vitality Stadium, and the goalkeeper will be hopeful that he can deny Barnes his first goal of the season on Saturday. 


The striker has not featured regularly this season but started the last game against Wolves. Barnes was one of Burnley's key players last campaign but has been kept out of the starting lineup by Chris Wood this season.


The 28-year-old will be determined to find the back of the net against a Bournemouth side which have conceded seven goals in five games, as he looks to cement his place in the first team.

1. Joe Hart vs. Josh King

Joe Hart was one of the star players for Burnley against Wolves. The English shot stopper has been in good form and was the main reason that the Clarets were only lost by one goal. 


Hart's performances between the sticks have kept Burnley alive in matches, and the 31-year-old will need to be on top form if his side are to secure the three points they definitely need against an inform Bournemouth attack.


Josh King has been lethal from the penalty spot this season but will be keen to score from open play. The forward will be confident that he can score against a struggling Burnley defence but will have to get past Hart.