Brentford vs Burnley – Dyche’s side determined to deviate from danger

Burnley’s fight to avoid the drop continues as they make the long journey down to West London to take on Brentford on Saturday.

The Bees have had a stronger season than many predicted so far, sitting in 15th, six points above the Clarets.

Burnley will, however, take heart from the fact they have two games in hand over Brentford, and will be hoping to put together a robust performance.

A harsh 4-0 defeat by Chelsea a week ago will be fresh in the minds of Burnley supporters, but a win against Brentford will see survival hopes strengthened.

After the Chelsea game, Sean Dyche, Burnley manager, said: “It’s the reality of the division, it’s a constant learning curve for us and we stepped off the mark just for a spell today.”

Last time out, the London side beat bottom side Norwich 3-1, with striker Ivan Toney scoring his first Premier League hattrick.

Burnley will be encouraged though as it is thought captain, Ben Mee, will make his return from a knee injury he picked up against Leicester.

Burnley’s Ben Mee during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on February 26, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The defender was sorely missed in Burnley’s game against Chelsea, with the blues putting them to the sword.

The Clarets will, however, be without Erik Pieters, Dale Stephens and Matej Vydra, the latter of whom has resumed training, but the Brentford game seems to come too soon for him to make a return.

Brentford on the other hand are without midfielder Josh Dasilva, who is suspended.

Referee Mike Dean shows a Red card to Josh Dasilva of Brentford during the Premier League match between Brentford and Newcastle United at Brentford Community Stadium on February 26, 2022 in Brentford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Apart from that, they look to have their full squad fit and ready to play.

Burnley have 12 games left until the end of the season, with clashes against Manchester City and Tottenham to look forward to.

With such tough fixtures ahead, it will feel vital to pick up three points against the Bees, and in the process close ground with Everton, Leeds and Brentford themselves.

Dyche said: “The points are still on there, they are still on the board, and they are all huge games.”

In the reverse fixture, played in October, Maxwell Cornet scored in a 3-1 win for Burnley, with the Clarets going three up in the first half.

Burnley and Brentford met for the first time in 1933 and have played 31 times since then in all competitions, with the Lancashire side winning 13 and drawing ten.

If history could tell us anything, it would be that Burnley have every right to hope for a positive result, but as everyone knows, football is about as predictable as the weather.

The Clarets are in desperate need of a positive result here.

The remaining games of the season will be just as huge as the points, which themselves will quite literally be a six-pointer when their games in hand are considered.