Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Bournemouth and Burnley take on each other at Vitality Stadium in what is expected to be an interesting FA Cup encounter. The Cherries’ main goal is to secure the Premier League survival, meaning that boss Gary O’Neil could use Saturday’s clash to rest key players. All Stacey, Rothwell, and Dembele are pushing for a start, while the likes of Brooks, Stanislas, Fredericks, and Tavernier should miss out through injuries.
Meanwhile, the Clarets are on the right track to return to the English top flight. Burnley look unstoppable in the Championship, and given Bournemouth’s four-game losing run in all competition, we are tempted to put our money on the visiting side. As for the away team, both Vitinho and Westwood are out of contention through injuries, while experienced forward Ashley Westwood is widely expected to return to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Ben Pearson):
Ben Pearson is a product of Manchester United football academy who plays for Preston North End as a midfielder. The 174-cm-tall footballer did not enjoy first-team football with Man Utd and, as a result, he signed a loan deal with Barnsley in the winter of 2015.
Ben Pearson made his professional debut on January 10, 2015 in a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town. Speaking of his first senior goal, Pearson found the net against Port Vale on January 31, 2015. The talented midfielder, who was born in Oldham, England on January 4, 1995, currently plays for Preston North End in the Championship.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. It has to be noted that Ben Pearson represented England U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 teams in international matches. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Burnley):
Burnley were one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888. The Clarets did remarkably well to win the FA Cup trophy back in 1914 and the club owners have been trying to bring glory days back to Turf Moor ever since.
Burnley defeated Liverpool in the 1913/1914 FA Cup final and, no doubt, this is regarded as the greatest achievement in the club’s history. The Clarets finished the 2015/2016 Championship campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will participate in the English Premier League in the 2016/2017 season.
Burnley play their home games at Turf Moor and the capacity of the stadium is 21,401. The Clarets have won two Community Shield trophies so far, in 1960 and 1973, but they have yet to clinch the Premier League title. Claret is the dominant colour of the team’s home shirts.