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15 October 2015

Burnley Express reporter Chris Boden looks ahead to Bolton's trip to Burnley this weekend

Chris Boden, chief football writer at The Burnley Express, speaks to bwfc.co.uk to preview the weekend’s game at Turf Moor.

bwfc.co.uk: What can Bolton Wanderers fans expect from Burnley this weekend?

CB: Burnley under Sean Dyche have become renowned for certain traits, they are fit - they ran harder than anyone in the Premier League last season despite relegation - they are organised, and are hard to beat. They are yet to fully hit their straps so far this season, but still lie only four points off the top of the table, and they will be keen to build on their win at Rotherham last time out before the international break.

bwfc.co.uk: Generally speaking, are the club happy with the way in which they have started the new campaign?

CB: Yes, albeit there is a feeling among the manager, staff, players and fans that there is a lot more to come from this group. Burnley have been finding ways to win games and pick up points without being as fluid and cohesive as they might like, but their will and desire has seen them through so far. They lost three key members of the side over the summer in Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier and Jason Shackell, but the players brought in have shown great promise so far, and there is hope of an immediate return to the Premier League.

bwfc.co.uk: How important has the summer transfer business been for Burnley?

CB: The three key players mentioned were always likely to move on after impressive individual campaigns in the Premier League, but while the Shackell deal dragged on, the other two were done early, and Burnley managed to spend around £10m, with the Ings fee, to be set by a tribunal, expected to put the club well in profit. They doubled the club record spend on £6m Andre Gray, and also spent seven figures on Matt Lowton, who has yet to play after injury and Tendayi Darikwa's form, Rouwen Hennings and Jelle Vossen - whose stay lasted only eight weeks before a return to Belgium. Joey Barton arrived on a free and made an immediate impact at Rotherham.

bwfc.co.uk: And finally, a prediction?

CB: Bolton are traditionally difficult opponents for Burnley, but I would back Burnley to claim the points on this occasion.

Chris is on Twitter, @bodenknights.

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