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After losing four of their final five outings under Jason Tindall, Bournemouth have gotten back on track with victory over Birmingham in their first appearance under caretaker Jonathan Woodgate.
The former Tottenham and Real Madrid defender has help from the experienced Harry Redknapp, who has been attending training sessions in an unofficial capacity at his request, though it must be noted that Birmingham are down in the relegation zone in the Championship and harder tests await.
Promotion back to the Premier League is of course the main target this season, but the visitors will no doubt put out their best team here and the only injury doubts are Junior Stanislas and Dominic Solanke.
Bournemouth may have lost the likes of Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser over the summer, while Joshua King has just departed for Everton, but this is still a team featuring Premier League experience including players like Asmir Begovic, Jack Wilshire, David Brooks and Shane Long amongst others.
Burnley might only be one place above the relegation zone, but with an eight-point cushion over Fulham, can be expected to field a strong team as well.
Sean Dyche’s side might only have picked up one point from their past three outings, but two of these were 2-0 defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Man City, while they steadied the ship with a 1-1 draw hosting Brighton last time out.
Prior to these games, they had won three om the trot, including a shock victory at Anfield, so we wouldn’t be unduly concerned over their recent results.
Under 2.5 Goals
As ever, Burnley are not a prolific team, scoring just 14 league goals so far this term, as they’re the only top-flight side whose matches have averaged fewer than two goals per game.
Striker and top scorer Chris Wood is out with a hamstring injury, and across all competitions nine of their past 11 outings have featured under 2.5 goals, including five of six at Turf Moor.
Burnley To Win 1-0, 2-0, 2-1
Even excluding the traditional ‘Big Six’, Premier League teams have still won six of seven FA Cup fifth round matches hosting Championship sides since 2013/14.
All but one of these games were settled by a one-goal margin, as the second-tier outfits put up a fight and were level at the break in four of five meetings since 2015/16.
However, Burnley won all four head-to-heads over the past two campaigns, conceding just the single goal across these meetings, and we’d expect them to progress by a narrow margin into the next round.