Burnley have pulled their usual trick once again as they turned their season around from one that could have ended disastrously, into a potentially golden one for Sean Dyche and his men.
The Clarets kick-started the 2019/20 Premier League season in torrid form, but sit just one point behind Arsenal and only several behind the much-praised duo of Sheffield United and Wolves.
A European place may be a tough ask, but they’re not out of the running by any means with nine Premier League fixtures to prove their mettle and look up, not down, in the table.
Check out your complete guide to Burnley’s 2019/20 season ahead of the Premier League restart.
Burnley in 2019/20
Manager: Sean Dyche
Top scorer: Chris Wood (11 goals)
Most assists: Dwight McNeil (5 assists)
Check out our full list of Burnley fixtures 2019/20.
What a team, man. Burnley have been written off in all four seasons since their return to the top flight, and each time they’ve managed to churn out 40 points or more to survive with relative ease.
Two of those four seasons ended bang on the magic number while a stunning seventh-place finish is sandwiched between after they racked up 54 points.
Now, with nine games to spare, they’re sitting comfortably on 39 points and the ‘reset button’ provided by lockdown may have actually reinvigorated and re-motivated Burnley.
This is the time when mid-table teams have tended to drift off in the past, but the unceremonious pause on UK football may have inadvertently given Burnley players a chance to rest and refocus on simply winning as many football matches as they can, knowing a win or two could knock them into European contention.
The numbers game suggests several other sides are favourites to claim a Europa League place ahead of Burnley, but if there’s one lesson we should finally learn, it’s to never write Burnley off.
Looking for all the remaining Premier League matches and how to watch them? Check out our Premier League fixtures guide.