Facts and stats ahead of Boxing Day clash at Turf Moor
Burnley v Derby
26/12/12 (kick-off 3pm)
With the Clarets striving to turn draws into wins, Derby should be welcome Boxing Day visitors to Turf Moor.
Although they did leave with a point from a goalless stalemate last January, the Rams have lost four of their previous five games against Burnley.
And the Clarets, chasing their first double of the season after winning at Pride Park in September, should take heart from that statistic as they seek to end a run of four draws from their last five matches.
With another impressive performance at Birmingham City last Saturday again bringing them only a point, Sean Dyche’s men have won just one of their last eight games and will be looking for a greater return as they kick off the second half of the season.
But despite Derby’s status as a bogey team, it won’t be easy against Nigel Clough’s side which sits three points and four places above the Clarets in the table to claim a top-ten place.
Derby lost at home to in-form Hull last Friday night but that result came on the back of successive away wins.
And after struggling badly away from home, the Rams did end a four-game losing streak with a comfortable 2-0 win at struggling Bristol City in their last trip from Pride Park.
Last ten matches
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Derby key man
Teenage midfielder Will Hughes is making waves across the Championship after becoming a first-team regular this season.
Still only 17, the former youth team player is a creative midfield force who has already been capped at England under-21 level and was named as the Championship’s young player of the month for November.
Last time out
Birmingham City 2 (Davies, Zigic) Burnley 2 (Ings, Wallace)
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Duff, Shackell, Marney (Vokes 90), McCann, Ings (Bartley 88), Austin, Paterson (Treacy 63), Wallace. Subs: Stanislas, Edgar, Long, Jensen.
Birmingham: Butland, Hancox, Hall (Elliott 76), Caldwell, Davies, Packwood, Mullins, Morrison (Burhe 71), Zigic, Redmond, Riley. Subs: Ibanez, Hawker, Gomis, Delfouneso, Doyle.
Derby County 1 (Jacobs 45) Hull City 1 (Koren 25, Faye 50)
Derby: A Legzdins, R Keogh, J O'Connor, G Roberts (B Davies, 87), J Brayford, W Hughes, C Bryson, P Coutts, M Jacobs (T Robinson, 78), J Hendrick, C Sammon. Subs: M O'Brien, F Fielding, V Gjokaj, K Freeman, N Tyson.
Hull: E Jakupovic, J Hobbs, J Chester , A Faye, S Quinn, R Koren (T Cairney, 89), A Elmohamady, D Meyler , C Evans , J Simpson (N Proschwitz, 76), R Brady. Subs: B Amos, A McLean, L Rosenior, P McShane, S Olofinjana.
Last meeting at Turf Moor
Burnley 0 Derby County 0
Burnley: L Grant, M Duff, D Edgar, B Mee , K Trippier, R Wallace (J McQuoid 45), D Marney , C McCann, K Treacy (M Bartley 72), J Rodriguez, C Austin. Subs not used: B Jensen, Z Hines, B Easton.
Derby: F Fielding, J Shackell, G Roberts, J Brayford, S Barker , C Bryson, J Bailey (J Hendrick 47), P Green, J Ward, T Robinson (R Noble 57), C Ball (J Buxton, 84). Subs not used: B Davies, A Legzdins.
Burnley: Defender Danny Lafferty will have a fitness check on the hamstring strain that kept him out of last Saturday’s draw at Birmingham. Ben Mee is still out with a knee injury.
Derby: Frontman Jamie Ward is recovering from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since September and could make the bench at a push. Fit-again defender Mark O’Brien could figure.
Stat of the day
The Clarets unbeaten in seven against Derby with the Rams not winning at Turf Moor since October, 2004.
Sean Dyche: “I think we are good value for at least another four, maybe six points. But our time will come, that’s for sure.”
Nigel Clough: “We have not had back-to-back bad performances. Friday’s defeat by Hull has gone now. We get over it and move on and that has been one of the many good things about this squad.
“We have a defeat and then move on and put another performance in.”
Referee: Andy Haines
Boxing Day Fixtures
Nottingham Forest v Leeds (12.15)
Charlton v Ipswich (1pm)
Barnsley v Birmingham
Bolton v Sheff Wed
Bristol City v Watford
Burnley v Derby
Cardiff v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield v Blackpool
Hull v Leicester
Middlesbrough v Blackburn
Wolves v Peterborough
For an up-to-date league table click HERE.