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Premier League Fantasy Preview: Burnley

Bookies favourite to finish bottom they may be but they won't end up there from a lack of effort. Can the Clarets overcome the odds and give the Premier League one of their greatest stories?

Can the outsiders prove the experts wrong?  Can the manager getting the chewing gum off his shoes in time?
Can the outsiders prove the experts wrong? Can the manager getting the chewing gum off his shoes in time?
Chris Brunskill

They may have the smallest budget within the Premier League but Burley and their manager will not approach the season without hope.  Under Sean Dyche they have become a well organised spirited team.  The Clarets achieved promotion automatically finishing second in last seasons Championship with a record of 26-15-5.

Small they may be but within their squad there may be some fantasy value (and boy with the 100m budget we need value).  Lets take a look

Tom Heaton - 4m

Heaton was Dyche's first signing for the club, arriving for free in the summer of 2013.  The former Manchester United and England under 21 shot stopper played all 46 games last season.  18 clean sheets suggests possible value in the home games although you will all stay away game one where they host Chelsea.

Jason Shackell - 4.5m

Club captain and into his prime at 30 years of age.  Shackell was named in the Championship team of the season and played all 46 games earning 18 clean sheets.  Just the 5 yellows and 1 red in all competitions suggest he may be phantom value with the volume of blocked shots etc he will need.

Kieran Trippier - 5m

I see already a number of you are already on Mr Trippier.  A product of Manchester City's youth development (along with Chelsea what chance do you ever have of coming through) he joined Burnley after a successful loan spell in the January transfer window of 2012.  41 appearances last season, he is a nailed on starter at right back.  In his 41 games he scored once but offered 12 assists suggesting how often he gets into the opponents half.  True it may be less this season but again in home games against the weaker sides he may be a crucial attacking weapon.

Michael Kightly -come on Yahoo

Proven premier league experience will be important for Burnley this season and KIghtly brings plenty of that.  In the prime of his career he played 32 and scored 5 last season when on loan.  Now a permanent signing he seems certain to start the season at least as a first team regular.  Keep an eye out as he has yet to be added to the game.  If he is listed as a midfield option he may be filler type that you want benched for away games if under 4m.

Danny Ings - 6.5m

Joining for Charlton Ings was a revelation last season. in 40 appearances Ings scored 20 goals and 7 assists.  He should be on penalties to with the guaranteed start.  Bar last season he has been injuring prone but will come into this season full of confidence.

Sam Vokes -5.5m

The Clarets other big goalscorer from last season is out injured.  A shame for the club as with Ings the double act would have been a handful.  39 appearances with 20 goals.

The Burnley manager spends quite a lot of time on UK tv and to me at least comes across as a pretty firm manager but one the players play for.  With a voice that sounds like he smokes 40 a day he is also an amusing character and Burnley may become many peoples soft spot this coming season.