Burnley – State of the season
Nick Fraser
71 days ago
Burnley have enjoyed a solid season and are virtually assured of another campaign in the Premier League, with a push for not yet out of the question.

Where they stand

The Clarets are handily placed in 10th spot in the top-flight standings, having won 11 and drawn six of their 29 games before the shutdown.

Things were not looking too good around the turn of the year following four straight defeats, but a 2-1 home success over Leicester City acted as a catalyst for a superb seven-match unbeaten run that they will be protecting when the campaign gets back up and running.

The Turf Moor outfit also downed Manchester United, Southampton and Bournemouth, with draws against Arsenal, Newcastle United and Tottenham in that sequence and the fans can now look forward to a comfortable run-in to the end of the season.

With only four points separating Sean Dyche's men and sixth-placed Wolves, fans could be dreaming of another European jaunt if all goes well.

What's left to play for?

Manchester City's two-year European ban means it is still unclear how high clubs will need to finish to land a Europa League spot but that must be Burnley's aim.

They are in mid-table but just four points adrift of seventh-placed Sheffield United – and that might be high enough to play European football next term depending on City's impending appeal.

The Lancastrians' last foray into Europe ended before the Europa League group stages and led to a poor first half of the domestic season but they would be better prepared second time around.

Best Game

Dyche took his men to Old Trafford on January 22 with few giving them much hope of taking anything from the game but they returned with all three points.

Having taken down the Foxes just three days earlier, the visitors would have been buzzing and a goal by New Zealand striker Chris Wood on 39 minutes gave Burnley a 1-0 half-time lead.

Jay Rodriguez doubled the advantage on 56 minutes with a rasping shot that gave David de Gea no chance and the Theatre of Dreams echoed to the sound of boos at the final whistle as Dyche's men celebrated.

Star Man

Burnley has always been about the collective rather than individual stars but goalkeeper Nick Pope stands out as someone who deserves special praise.

The 27-year-old tops the Premier League 'clean sheet' table this season with 11 and has been tipped to add many more to his two England caps.

Although the European Championship has been postponed for a year, the former Charlton man now has plenty of time to further impress Three Lions chief Gareth Southgate as he challenges Jordan Pickford for the No.1 shirt.