Boss Eddie Howe aims to end Millwall jinx as Clarets look to make home return count.Boss Eddie Howe admits his Burnley side will be kicking off a big week when they bid to stop the Lions roaring at Turf Moor.
The Clarets play the first of back-to-back home games against Millwall on Saturday, with Sheffield Wednesday to come on Tuesday night before a trip to Crystal Palace next Saturday leads into another international break.
Millwall are currently in the bottom three after winning just twice so far this season but their recent record at Burnley – winning 3-1 and 3-0 over the past two seasons – commands respect as Howe urges his troops to build on last Saturday’s win at Derby and keep climbing the table.
“You only have to look back at the last two seasons and see they have been difficult games for us at home,” said Howe.
“They are a tough nut to crack, they are very physical and a real threat from set plays, so we don’t under-estimate Millwall.
“You know every time you play them what you can expect and we certainly need to perform better than we have done in the last two home games against them.
“It’s a massive week for us. We are under no illusions about the importance of these three games.
“We can only take one at a time so first we attack Millwall but I think it’s a big week in our season and hopefully we can get the momentum we want.
Eddie Howe is delighted to be back at Turf Moor
“We are delighted to be back on home turf - especially when we have won two out of three games at home and performed pretty well - and hopefully the crowd can give us that extra push we need as well.
“They have got such a huge part to play. We do say it all the time but our home form is going to be pivotal to us this year and the next two games are massive ones for us.”
The Clarets go into the game on the back of two wins from their last three Championship fixtures but without the tonic of a Capital One Cup success after losing in mid-week at Swindon Town.
A re-shuffled side conceded three times to the League One outfit with two of the goals in a 3-1 defeat coming from set-pieces.
And with Derby, Leicester, Brighton and Huddersfield also scoring against the Clarets from dead-ball situations, Howe is looking to eradicate that threat and capitalise on his side’s potency in front of goal against a Millwall side without a clean sheet this season.
“We are certainly capable of winning games and we are certainly capable of scoring goals,” added the Burnley boss.
“I think whenever you come to see a Burnley game at the moment you can expect good entertainment at both ends of the pitch.
“But we certainly know that we have to tighten up and it’s mainly set plays.
“We are disappointed at the number of goals we have conceded from set plays, either directly or second phase.
Jason Shackell faces a fitness check
“In open play we have been pretty tight so we know the areas we need to improve and if we can do that, with the goals we have got in the side, hopefully we should be successful.”
Clarets’ captain Jason Shackell and winger Junior Stanislas face fitness checks but Cameron Stewart and Martin Paterson return to the squad after missing the mid-week cup defeat in Wiltshire.
Millwall, whose only away win so far came at pointless Peterborough last month and who have lost their last three games, may hand defensive re-calls to Paul Robinson and Jack Smith as Scott Malone, Shane Lowry and Karleigh Osborne face fitness checks.
Midfielder Tam Mkandawire may also return to Kenny Jackett’s squad after long-term injury.
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