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Burnley v Sheff Wed: The Big Preview

2 October 2012

Facts and stats ahead of tonight's big game at Turf Moor.

Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday

Turf Moor 02/10/12 (7.45pm)


OVERVIEW

The Clarets make a rapid return to action at Turf Moor to face a Sheffield Wednesday side which has lost its early season momentum.
Following promotion last season, the Owls started out with four wins from their opening five games in league and cup.
But since knocking Fulham out of the Capital One Cup at the end of August, Dave Jones’ side has slumped to six successive defeats.
Wednesday could count themselves unlucky not to be awarded an early penalty at Wolves last Saturday.
But after conceding a goal to a free-kick just before half time, they have now lost four successive away games in the Championship since an opening day draw at Derby County.
Scoring only once from open play in the last five games has done little to help their cause and confidence can hardly be at a high.


The Clarets will therefore be looking to go for the kill, having let the Lions of Millwall off the hook at the weekend.
Eddie Howe’s men had their own seemingly legitimate gripes over some of the refereeing decisions but were also guilty of not building on a 2-1 half-time lead.
With scoring goals no problem, thanks in the main to the irrepressible form of Charlie Austin, the Clarets will be looking to cut out their over generosity at the other end to extend an unbeaten league run to three games and turn one point into three.

LAST TEN MATCHES

Burnley:  DLWLWLDLLW
Sheffield Wednesday: LLLLLLWWWD

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY KEY MAN

On-loan Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is tipped for great things at Goodison Park.


The 18-year-old has made half a dozen Premier League appearances for the Toffees but has been sent to Hillsborough to gain further first-team experience.

LAST TIME OUT

Burnley 2 (Mee 19, Austin 43) Millwall 2 (Trotter 3, Henderson 90+2)

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mee, Duff, Edgar, Marney, McCann (Bartley 71), Wallace (Stewart 90), Austin, Paterson (Vokes 75), Stanislas. Subs: Stock, Mills, Long, Jensen.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Robinson (Smith ht), Lowry, Malone (Batt 67), Trotter, Henry, Keogh (Henderson 64), Abdu, Wood. Subs: Wright, Henderson, Racon, Mkandawire, Taylor.

Attendance: 11,192

Wolves 1 (Sako 43) Sheffield Wednesday 0

Wolves: Ikeme, Foley, Berra , Ward, Johnson, Henry, Boukari (Peszko 14), Sako , Doumbia, Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 81), Doyle (Batth 89). Subs: Stearman, Davis, Edwards, De Vries.     

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Taylor, Gardner, Mattock, Johnson, Semedo, Antonio, Barkley, O’Grady, Bothroyd (Rodri 74), Pecnik (Mayor  63). Subs: Jones, Corry, Llera, Madine, Bywater.

Attendance: 23,591

LAST MEETING AT TURF MOOR

28/02/2009
Burnley 2 (McCann 53, Eagles 85)
Sheffield Wednesday 4 (Tudgay 19, 69, Clarke 79, 82)

Burnley: Jensen, Williams (Rodriguez 73), Duff, Caldwell, Jordan, Alexander, Elliott (Eagles 64), McCann, Blake, Thompson (McDonald 73), Paterson. Subs: Gudjonsson, Penny.  

Sheff Wed: Grant, Buxton, Hinds, Beevers, Spurr, Gray (Jeffers 89), Potter, McAllister (O’Connor, 89), Johnson (Small 87), Tudgay, Clarke. Subs: Wood, Simek.

Attendance: 12,449
TEAM NEWS

Burnley: Jason Shackell is a doubt with the knee problem that ruled him out of last Saturday’s game.

Sheffield Wednesday: Defenders Kieran Lee, Lewis Buxton, Mark Beevers and Reda Johnson are all doubtful. Jermaine Johnson deputised at right-back against Wolves and may do so again. Midfielder Rhys McCabe could return.

STAT OF THE DAY

Having conceded 17 goals so far in the Championship, Wednesday shared the worst defensive record in the division with Millwall and Peterborough.

THEY SAY

Jason Tindall: “Football does kick you in the teeth sometimes but hopefully we can bounce back tonight with a positive performance and get three points.”

Dave Jones: “When you’ve had something nice for many months, you forget what the bad times were like.


“It’s all about sticking in there, fighting and scrapping, and making sure you don’t lose all the good things.”

Referee: David Coote

Tonight’s fixtures (kick-off 7.45pm)

Barnsley v Peterborough
Brighton v Ipswich
Bristol City v Millwall
Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff v Birmingham
Charlton v Watford
Huddersfield v Leicester
Hull v Blackpool
Wolves v Crystal Palace
Bolton v Leeds (8pm)

Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Derby
Nottingham Forest v Blackburn

Tickets are still available for tonight’s game. For details, click HERE. And supporters can also pay on the gate, except for concessions which must be bought in advance from the ticket office at Turf Moor.



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