Burnley manager Sean Dyche

Burnley's away form must improve quickly – starting Saturday

Burnley carry the unfortunate record of having the worst away record in the Premier League so far this season, but things are starting to look up on the road for the Clarets.

Recent away games have seen Burnley lose four games in a row with a score line of 2-1, but three of those games have been marred by abysmal refereeing decisions.

Performances away from home have been there, but something is missing and it seems like Dyche has so far struggled to put his finger on the problem.

Out of those last four away games, Burnley have travelled to Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, and have not been disgraced in any of those, feeling hard done by not to have picked up a point.

Turf Moor has been a fortress this season and if it wasn’t for the home form, Burnley would be deep in a relegation battle, because they have only picked up one point on the road this season, which came at Old Trafford, in what was an outstanding defensive performance.

An important run of away games

Burnley are now tasked with four consecutive away matches, against: Hull City, Swansea, Liverpool and Sunderland, where they need to be looking for at least five points.

Hull, Swansea and Sunderland are all games that the Clarets have to get something from and if they can pick up the five points I suggested, they would be all but safe, as they look bound to win at least one of their last five home games.

The run starts at Hull this weekend. It will be a difficult game, against a side who are on the up under Marco Silva. It is a challenge that Burnley will be willing to take on and it is a game that is certainly winnable if the Clarets turn up.

Important to bounce back

After last weekend’s embarrassing defeat to Lincoln, which saw the Clarets turn in a pathetic performance, this weekend could go either way.

Burnley could bounce back like they have done so many times and produce a fine performance, or the less likely option, they could go into a shell and turn in another terrible performance, but I would expect it will be the former.

If the Clarets can claim the spoils on Saturday, the weight is off their shoulders and they will travel to the Liberty Stadium full of confidence, and the belief they can follow it up with another away win.

It is crucial that we win one of these four games, because if we lose them all, we are at serious risk of being pulled into the relegation battle.

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