How can Burnley avoid Premier League relegation?

Toby Cudworth
Burnley are fighting for their Premier League lives
Burnley are fighting for their Premier League lives / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Burnley are hoping to preserve their Premier League status for a sixth consecutive season but are up against it after a difficult 2021/22 campaign.

The Clarets have long operated on one of the smallest budgets in the division, making their accomplishments under Sean Dyche all the more remarkable.

Since being promoted back to the top flight in 2016, Burnley have not only kept their heads above water, they've bagged a couple of top ten finishes and even qualified for the preliminary rounds of the 2018/19 Europa League - eventually losing to Greek giants Olympiacos in the play-off round.

This season has been more difficult for Burnley, with long periods in the relegation zone putting their top flight status at severe risk.

The club have taken the bold step of removing Dyche from his position as manager, bringing to an end a hugely successful decade-long spell at Turf Moor. The question is, will the change be enough to help them avoid the drop?

How Burnley can avoid relegation from the Premier League

Burnley had enjoyed a run of three straight victories to boost their survival hopes, but consecutive defeats to Aston Villa and Tottenham have brought them crashing back down to earth.

Leeds' late draw with Brighton saw them move a point ahead of the Clarets, but thankfully for Mike Jackson's side, they have a game in hand.

They also have a superior goal difference to Leeds, meaning they would escape the drop if the two teams finished the season level on points.

Should Burnley avoid defeat at Villa in their game in hand, they would just need to match Leeds' result on the final day of the season to secure another campaign of Premier League football.

Burnley's remaining Premier League fixtures (18th; Played 36, 34pts)

  • Aston Villa vs Burnley (20:00) - 19/05/22
  • Burnley vs Newcastle (16:00) - 22/05/22

Leeds remaining Premier League fixtures (17th; Played 37, 35pts)

  • Brentford vs Leeds (16:00) - 22/05/22

Everton's remaining Premier League fixtures (16th; Played 36, 36pts)

  • Everton vs Crystal Palace (19:45) - 19/05/22
  • Arsenal vs Everton (16:00) - 22/05/22