Welcome to the Dafabet Big Match Preview as the Clarets welcome Huddersfield Town to Turf Moor in the Premier League
The Clarets put another point on the board and extended their unbeaten Premier League run to four games in a first goalless Premier League draw at Turf Moor since May, 2015.
On an afternoon of few goal-scoring opportunities, the Clarets recorded a second successive clean sheet in the league.
And with newly-promoted Huddersfield never overly ambitious and unable to break the deadlock themselves, both sides were forced to settle for taking some reward to occupy seventh and eighth places in the league table with nine points apiece – something both would have gladly taken six games into the campaign.
The first top-flight meeting between the two clubs since 1971 brought a return to Premier League action for Jeff Hendrick for the first time since the second game of the season.
The Irishman started in an advanced midfield position in support of Chris Wood as the Clarets utilised for the first time at Turf Moor the formation that had been so productive away from home.
But with a well-drilled, compact Huddersfield side getting plenty of men behind the ball it was hard going for Burnley - despite the promptings of the impressive Steven Defour - to see a route to goal.
And their only real chance of a sterile first half came to Wood with 23 minutes gone.
The striker had previously scored eight times against the Terriers for four different clubs but was unable to add the Clarets to that list as he headed wide the perfect cross from Stephen Ward.
The over-lapping Ward was the one able to get behind the Huddersfield defence and he almost picked out Wood again after a piece of trickery from Robbie Brady had unlocked Town’s back four as Burnley enjoyed their best spell of the opening half.
But Huddersfield survived through Christopher Schindler’s clearance as they stayed in the game, reaching the break goalless for a fourth time in five league games so far this season.
After a flying start to their first Premier League season following promotion as Championship play-off winners, a run of three league games without a win had slowed their momentum.
And the Yorkshiremen – who, like the Clarets, went out of the Carabao Cup in mid-week - never threatened to add to their tally of one goal during that run until two minutes into the second half when they could have gone in front.
A driving run forward from Tom Ince saw him pick out Laurent Depoitre but the big Belgian striker was unable to add to the first goal he scored in English football to secure a 1-1 draw with Leicester City a week earlier as his low shot was saved by Nick Pope.
Ince then fired wide following another burst from midfield as the visitors looked to catch the Clarets on the break.
With Burnley seeing plenty of the ball but struggling to create the potentially decisive opening, boss Sean Dyche sent on Ashley Barnes to play alongside Wood with just under 20 minutes to go.
Huddersfield had sent on Rajiv van La Parra to freshen up their attacking options and after being booked for diving in an unseemly attempt to win a penalty, the Dutchman forced Pope to save again with a skidding shot from outside the box.
The Clarets’ second change saw Johann Berg Gudmundsson replace former Terrier Scott Arfield as Burnley tried to find a winner themselves.
And with seven minutes to go, Wood worked the space to let fly a shot which Jonas Lossl was pleased to see go straight at him from 20 yards.
But with neither side able to create the one real chance that might prove the difference, it proved a case of have what you hold as both teams boosted their points’ tally to consolidate their impressive starts to the season.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Cork, Defour, Arfield (Gudmundsson 77), Hendrick (Barnes 74), Brady, Wood. Substitutes: Legzdins, Vokes, Westwood, Bardsley, Long.
Booked: Cork, Arfield, Tarkowski
Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Lowe, Mooy, Hogg (Billing 80), Kachunga (Hadergjonaj 88), Sabiri (van La Parra 63), Ince, Depoitre. Substitutes: Green, Malone, Whitehead, Hefele.
Booked: Sabiri, van La Parra
Referee: Chris Kavanagh