Championship leaders Burnley have the opportunity to cause an upset when they head to Premier League side Bournemouth in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Bournemouth and Burnley switched divisions over the summer with Scott Parker guiding the Cherries to the top-flight, while caretaker boss Mike Jackson, who stepped in after Sean Dyche’s sacking, was unable to save the Clarets from relegation.
Parker is no longer in charge of the south coast club after a disappointing start to 2022-23 and Gary O’Neil has been tasked with trying to keep them in the Premier League.
O’Neil will undoubtedly be prioritising survival over a cup run and, with that in mind, he’s likely to rotate his starting XI for this FA Cup tie.
Burnley counterpart Vincent Kompany, meanwhile, will see this as an opportunity to keep confidence levels high and continue building momentum.
The Lancashire outfit are five points clear at the top of the Championship and boast a 14-point cushion to third-placed Blackburn as automatic promotion is looking like a serious possibility.
Bournemouth vs Burnley Betting Tips
- Burnley to win @ 15/8
- Both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and Nathan Tella to score anytime @ 4/1 – #PickYourPunt
O’Neil won’t be looking to completely write off this game as it offers a chance to try and get back to winning ways, however, he will be attempting to balance naming a strong XI with offering minutes to some fringe players.
Keiffer Moore could come back into the starting XI for Bournemouth, while Siriki Dembele is pushing for his first start of the campaign.
Joe Rothwell looks set to get the nod in midfield but O’Neil has plenty of options in that area of the pitch with Jack Stephens and Ben Pearson also looking to stake a claim.
Charlie Taylor, Benson Manuel and Ashley Barnes could all come in for Burnley, while Samuel Bastien could feature after recently coming back into the squad.
Kompany is expected to make a change between the sticks with Bailey Peacock-Farrell set to replace Arijanet Muric.
Burnley to win @ 15/8
Kompany only took charge of Burnley in the summer but the former Manchester City captain has totally shifted the philosophy at the club.
Burnley have played some very eye-catching football this campaign and look far too good for the second tier.
The Clarets tend to dominate possession but also deliver in the final third and they are the top scorers in the Championship, registering 52 times.
They head to Bournemouth after winning seven of their last eight across all competitions, losing only at Manchester United in the EFL Cup, while each of their last three outings have ended in victory.
Bournemouth can’t call on that kind of form after losing four successive fixtures and three of their last five at home have ended in defeat.
Both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and Nathan Tella to score anytime @ 4/1 – #PickYourPunt
Burnley’s games this campaign tend to be full of goals at both ends and that isn’t likely to be any different in this clash.
They’ve picked up just five clean sheets in 15 away fixtures and could struggle to keep Bournemouth’s attacking options at bay.
Over 2.5 goals has landed in nine of Burnley’s last 11 outings and at least three goals have been scored in three of Bournemouth’s last four at home.
The last leg of our #PickYourPunt requires Burnley forward Nathan Tella to score anytime in the third round tie.
After struggling to force his way into Southampton’s first team on a regular basis, Tella joined Burnley on-loan in the summer and he’s already netted eight goals.