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How Burnley could line up next season

With Burnley having realistically guaranteed their Premier League status for another 12 months, Sports Mole takes a look at how the Clarets could line up next season.

At one stage this season, it appeared that Sean Dyche's working relationship with Burnley may have been coming to an end with the Clarets producing a succession of below-par performances.

However, a remarkable upturn in results has led to the club becoming a fixture in the top half of the table, with qualification for the Europa League now not out of the question.

Providing that Dyche continues in his position at Turf Moor, the Burnley manager will want to mix familiarity with the addition of a couple of fresh faces, as well as being mindful that he may have to cash in on one of his star men.

With that in mind, Sports Mole predicts how the North-West outfit may line up at the beginning of the next campaign.

BURXI next season

Given the likelihood that Nick Pope could move on to a bigger club, former Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell may be in line to take the place of the England international.

Barring any departures, the centre-back partnership of James Tarkowski and Ben Mee appears set in stone, with Matthew Lowton and Charlie Taylor the probable choices at full-back.

Despite the January arrival of Josh Brownhill, Dyche has no reason to make significant changes to his midfield, leaving it likely that Ashley Westwood and Jack Cork will take on the defensive-minded positions.

However, with Burnley having been frequently linked with Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher, it appears possible that the playmaker could be given a chance at Turf Moor next season.

With Dwight McNeil and Chris Wood guaranteed to be named in Dyche's preferred XI, a decision must be made on whether to use Johan Berg Gudmundsson or Ashley Barnes on the right.

Burnley are also being linked with an approach for Bristol City winger Niclas Eliasson, who has contributed three goals and 12 assists in the Championship this season despite making nearly as many substitute appearances as he has starts.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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