Former England goalkeeper David James makes Burnley prediction amid Premier League relegation fight

Former England goalkeeper David James insists Burnley ARE safe from Premier League relegation following Wednesday’s draw with Fulham.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Burnley manager Sean Dyche. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Ashley Barnes’ equaliser, three minutes after Ola Aina put the Cottagers ahead, maintained the Clarets’ eight-point advantage over the bottom three.

Scott Parker’s side did move within six points of 17th place Newcastle United, who have won just twice in 13 matches, but James believes Fulham will ultimately fall short.

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“The position that Fulham find themselves in, the bottom three, for me, are the three that are going down having had the experiences before,” he told Sky Sports’ Football Show.

"Who knows what is going to happen with Newcastle, I’m sure they’ll hope to manage to get something at Manchester United and put themselves away from danger but those three are the ones going down.

"I’m not seeing enough form from Fulham. I’ve seen some nice football at times but I’m not seeing enough in Fulham to suggest they’re going to get out of it.”

James also had this say on Robbie Brady’s 25-minute cameo at Turf Moor.

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The Republic of Ireland international was subbed on for Johann Gudmundsson in the first-half before leaving the field for Josh Brownhill just after the hour-mark.

James added: "Burnley are safe – Dychey will have an opportunity to rest his players his little bit more.

"It’s great management or player management if you like, to notice that (Robbie) Brady needed to come off.

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"Watching Brady’s face on the bench, I’m not sure if he articulated to him when he brought him off because he looked like one of unhappiest substitutes ever.

"I think Burnley are safe, unless something drastic happens and something amazing happens with Fulham.