It's the battle of the newly promoted clubs in this Premier League season preview. With Burnley finishing top of the Championship last season, they have enjoyed a mixed start to life in this seasons Premier League. Whereas Hull despite having only 13 players fit have had an excellent start this season, with two wins and a narrow defeat in their opening exchanges.

The Clarets will be targeting an extended run in the Premier League
The Clarets will be targeting an extended run in the Premier League

Newly promoted Burnley face a huge task in this seasons' Premier League. They have made excellent strides, with the huge scalp of Liverpool already under their belt.

Sean Dyche and his men enjoyed an excellent season in last years' Championship, where they finished as Champions on an incredible 93 points.

They won an incredible 26 matches out of a possible 46, losing just five matches through the course of a highly competitive Championship.

The highly successful Championship campaign will have given the squad the belief and the skill to compete in the Premier League.

Under manager Sean Dyche they bounced back from the disappointment of being relegated at the first time of asking.

Hard Season Ahead

Burnley will have a very difficult season ahead, but the Championship season has given them the perfect audition for life in the Premier League.

They will need to scrap for every result, with no easy game in the Premier League and their commitment will be crucial.

Dyche has worked miracles with Burnley, he has instilled an incredible work ethic into his players and they have overperformed over the years for their manager.

Signings Key

Signings will be absolutely key for Burnley, there is a specific policy at Burnley though and players will have to meet certain criteria.

Partick Bamford of Chelsea has signed on loan, with the young striker looking to put last years nightmares at Norwich and Palace behind him.

Jeff Hendrick of Derby has been having a medical at the club ahead of Transfer Deadline Day, with the club looking to bring more quality into their midfield.

Burnley will be expecting a very hectic schedule on Transfer Deadline Day, with several new signings mooted and a few players linked with departures.

Can Burnley survive this season?

Club Moving Forward

The club completed the key signing of Belgium International Steven Deffour a fortnight ago, this was a serious statement of intent from the club.

He is a high quality international and exactly the type of player Burnley will need to attract if they are to remain in the Premier League.

Along with the potential signing of Hendricks, Dyche is looking to get a mix of quality internationals and young hungry players looking to prove themselves in the Premier League.

It is a blend that could serve Burnley perfectly, as they look to battle for every game they will need quality and commitment from their players if they are to achieve this aim.

Mixed Start

Burnley have enjoyed a mixed start to life back in the Premier League, with two defeats and a win from their opening three games.

They began the season with a 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea, with a goal from Leroy Fer in the 82nd minute settling the tie.

Sean Dyche's side followed that up with an excellent 2-0 win at home against Liverpool, with goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray completing a miserable afternoon for Jurgen Klopp and his men.

Last weekend saw them travel to Stamford Bridge to face Antonio Conte's Chelsea, it was an afternoon to forget for Burnley.

Goals from Eden Hazard, Willian and Victor Moses completed a 3-0 win, bringing Burnley back to down to Earth with a bang.

It was a cruel reminder of what can happen in the Premier League, with the gulf in class evident.

Season's Expectations

Providing the club can make some more signings, there is no reason that they can't go on to enjoy a highly successful season.

Burnley will have learned some harsh lessons from their last stint in the Premier League, with the opening three games giving them great insight into the season ahead.

Consistency will be key for Sean Dyche and his men, with a fixture against fellow promoted side Hull next up, they will be looking to return to winning ways.

They find themselves in 13th place in the Premier League, with 3 points and a goal difference of -2.

If they can end the season in 13th they will have defied all expectation.

Burnley Betting Tips

Burnley to win the Premier League outright @ 1000/1

Burnley to avoid relegation @ 1/1

Andre Gray to be the Premier League's top goalscorer @ 50/1



Can Hull continue their excellent start to the season?
Can Hull continue their excellent start to the season?

After a pre-season of disruption Hull have produced an excellent start, with stand-in manager Mike Phelan worthy of a permanent appointment.

The club have had an appalling pre-season, with Steve Bruce quitting with the growing uncertainty over ownership.

With the lack of funds being made available to the playing squad, it is no wonder that Bruce decided to walk out of the job.

The highly successful Championship campaign has seemingly taken it's toll, with the challenge of a Premier League season with no significant investment an enormous challenge.

Mike Phelan has taken up the gauntlet, with excellent results in their opening two matches but they produced a gutsy result in their third match.

There has still been no firm commitment on squad investment, with just 13 outfield players available to Hull, it will be an incredible achievement just to stay in the league.

Reinforcements Needed

Hull will need an enormous amount of investment, with only 13 players fit and available that will not be enough to guarantee their place in the Premier League.

With the transfer window nearing it's deadline they have made a number of enquiries. Will Keane is set to join from Manchester United, beefing up the forward line.

Jonathan Kodjia of Bristol City has also been contacted, with the Ivory Coast striker another option up front for Mike Phelan.

A fee has been agreed with Tottenham for the transfer of Ryan Mason, this is an excellent move if it is completed, with the midfielder keen to prove he has the quality to play in the Premier League.

Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick and Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall are also targets, with Marshall one of two players reported to have had a medical at the club on Monday.

Moussa Konate of Sion is also a player that Hull have targeted, along with Adrian Mariappa formerly of Watford and Palace.

Hull will be expecting a very hectic schedule on Transfer Deadline Day, with as many as seven new signings mooted and a few players linked with departures.

Can Hull remain in the Premier League?

Exits Must Be Limited

The transfer policy at Hull has been a surprising one, given that they are embarking on an exciting season in the Premier League.

They have allowed their best players to leave, without replacing them.

A key example was the sale of Mohamed Diame, who was a key player in midfield and sold to Newcastle for a meagre £4.5 million.

There has also been growing speculation that key striker Abel Hernandez could be sold, with Aston Villa tabling a £20 million deal in the offing.

As it stands Villa have failed to agree personal terms with the Uruguayan, who was a key player in their Championship season, with 22 goals.

The main aim for Hull in this window will be to add players to their beleaguered squad, not lose them to sides in the Championship and Premier League.

Exceptional Start

Despite all of the chaos surrounding the club they have made an excellent start, with wins against champions Leicester and Swansea away.

Their opening day 2-1 win against Leicester shocked the football world, with the Premier League champions undone by excellent goals from Adama Diomande and Robert Snodgrass.

Hull followed that up with an excellent 2-0 win away at Swansea, with goals from Shaun Maloney and Abel Hernandez late in the game enough to take all three points.

They produced a spirited performance against Manchester United in their third game, remaining resolute in defence until the 92nd minute, when Marcus Rashford slotted home to resign Hull to a 1-0 loss.

Hull's incredible performances have defied belief, with the players putting in an incredible effort and it was a sure fire sign that they are right behind manager Mike Phelan.

The former Manchester United assistant has yet to be offered the job, but based on the strength of performances and results he should be awarded the role immediately.

Season's Expectations

The takeover is a shadow that is looming large over the club, with a Chinese consortium linked with a move but the nature of performances have been absolutely incredible.

When you take into account that a manager with the experience that Steve Bruce has departed, for Phelan to come in and deliver under these circumstances, speaks volumes for him and the team.

They currently sit 5th in the Premier League table, with only Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea with more wins than them.

The main aim of the season will be to remain in the top flight, if they can recruit cleverly and heavily in the coming games, they will have an excellent chance.

Hull Betting Tips

Hull to win the Premier League outright @ 1000/1

Hull to avoid relegation @ 5/6

Abel Hernandez to be the Premier League's top goalscorer @ 80/1

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