BPL This Weekend: Burnley looking for deja vu vs. Manchester United, Balotelli debut, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

It may have slipped the minds of many, but certainly not of Burnley supporters. With Manchester United visiting Turf Moor this weekend, memories of Robbie Blake‘s 2009 volley will spring eternal.

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That day was a magical one for the Clarets in a season that had few and far between. They were relegated the same year.

However, Manchester United limps into Turf Moor after failing to find three points in their first two Premier League matches and being humiliated by MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. The overhauls continues for the Red Devils and a new face in Angel Di Maria could be thrown into the mix. 

For Burnley, they have yet to win this season either. It could end up being another long season much like 2009.

If they can get that feeling, even if just for a moment, of a fantastic strike to knock off a Premier League big boy, although wounded one, it will be another one to recall when the darker moments sweep in.

What To Look For

1. Balotelli to debut?– While it may not have been the introduction hoped for – against Manchester City last Monday – watching Mario Balotelli against Tottenham could be nearly as enticing.

Spurs are coming off a mauling of QPR, while Liverpool found themselves thrashed at the Etihad.

Tottenham currently sit atop the Premier League table, but they have yet to face a striker with Balotelli’s ability. Pair that with Daniel SturridgeRaheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard picking passes from deep, it could be a long day for the Spurs backline.

With both teams considered to be around the Top Four, it will be a good chance to see where they stand in the early goings.

2. Everton looking for first win of season against Chelsea– Two games. Two late game capitulations. So far, that’s the story for Everton after drawing Leicester City and Arsenal by the same 2-2 score line.

Things don’t get any easier as Chelsea visit Goodison Park. The Blues have won their previous two games and have looked good doing it.

If the Toffees do get a lead, they will need to be more composed in the final 10 minutes to see it through.

However, with a more attacking oriented Chelsea and one that is clicking it could be a tough day at home for the Evertonians.

3. Waiting to be Frank– After making a loan spell to Manchester City, Frank Lampard has yet to feature.

With the current title holders looking to continue their strong start of the season against Stoke, maybe this provides a chance for Lampard to get a look in. If he does play, most likely it would be coming off the bench.

Surely, NYCFC will like to see their major signing getting competitive minutes, but with a deep squad they will be hard to come by. If City jump out on Stoke, it could be a perfect opportunity to get Lampard involved.

4. Winless trio As Burnley was mentioned before, Crystal Palace and QPR complete the winless trio.

Burnley will look to rekindle magic to defeat Manchester United. Crystal Palace is still reeling on the pitch after Tony Pulis‘ departure and will face Newcastle next. QPR on the other hand get Sunderland and will look for a more improved performance after being dismantled by Spurs.

It won’t be an easy task for either of the three teams to win, but with the Red Devils disjointed, don’t put it past Burnley to be the first.