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By most accounts, Burnley have had an outstanding campaign and are set to finish in seventh place -- their highest finish since the 1973-74 campaign when they finished sixth.

Sean Dyche's club is on 54 points and could go as high as 57 with a win on Sunday, but they won't catch Arsenal for sixth and are far enough ahead of Everton to worry about dropping a spot on the final day.

Which makes Sunday's season finale against Bournemouth at Turf Moor more about putting forth a performance the supporters and players can be proud of as they look to add to the squad this summer, in addition to finishing on a positive note after last week's 5-0 loss to Arsenal.

In that light, the adjustments for next season have already begun as the club signed midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson to a new three-year contract to remain at Turf Moor until 2021.

The Iceland international made 34 appearances for the Clarets this season, scoring twice and adding eight assists. Once the season concludes, he will head off to Russia to compete in the 2018 World Cup.

For Dyche, Gudmundsson's deal exemplifies the progress Burnley (14-12-11) have made this season.

"He's had a very strong season. We saw a lot of good things last season. He had a couple of spells injured and that was unfortunate," the manager said. "But we saw the progress he was making and this season he's stepped up again.

"He's done very well. He's been another story of someone who last season was getting used to it, understanding it – both us and the Premier League. He has used that wisely and matured and moved forward again this season in his own performances and the team performances. It's another good sign of what we're trying to achieve by keeping our best players."

Bournemouth (10-11-16) are still fighting for a top-half finish, but they'll need some things to break their way if that goal is to be achieved. Eddie Howe's boys sit in 12th place on 41 points. They can climb to 10th place with a victory, but they will also need both Crystal Palace and Newcastle United to drop points on the final day.

The Cherries are also aiming to finish the season with two consecutive wins following last week's 1-0 triumph over Swansea City at Vitality Stadium, which saw Ryan Fraser score the lone tally on 37 minutes.

The club will be a bit short-handed this weekend, however, as Harry Arter, Junior Stanislas and Adam Smith will all miss the finale due to injury.

All three players have been out since picking up injuries during the international break in March.

"The ones that were out are still out," Howe said. Harry Arter, Junior Stanislas and Adam Smith will all miss the game. There are one or two other knocks that we'll have to check and make decisions on."

Bournemouth are targeting their first away win at Burnley in all competitions at the 15th attempt, having drawn six and lost eight of their 14 previous visits.

Both Burnley's Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood have scored nine Premier League goals this season. Only two Burnley players have ever reached double figures in a single campaign, Danny Ings with 11 in 2014-15 and Sam Vokes with 10 in 2016-17.

Updated May 11, 2018

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