20/4/13 (kick-off 12.45pm)
The stakes are high at Turf Moor tomorrow, although Burnley need the points more than Welsh visitors Cardiff, whose promotion to the Premier League was confirmed in midweek.
Should Hull drop points at home to relegated Bristol City on Friday night, the Bluebirds will effectively be confirmed as champions.
However, out to stop Malky Mackay’s party is his former Watford assistant Sean Dyche, whose current side currently sits just three points clear of the relegation zone.
With two of their remaining games at Turf Moor, the Clarets remain outsiders for the drop with the bookies, but could go a long way towards ensuring safety with three points against City.
Last ten matches
Cardiff Star Man: Fraizer Campbell
The England international striker has been in impressive form since signing from Sunderland in January, after struggling to break into the Black Cats side through injury. In his first 11 games for the Bluebirds, the former Manchester United youngster has scored six goals, including two braces against Bristol City and Wolves.
Fraizer scored in his last game against Blackburn, but picked up an injury ruling him out for four games and which renders him touch and go for Saturday’s clash at Turf Moor.
Last time out:
Leeds United 1-0 Burnley
Leeds: P Kenny, S Byram, S Warnock, J Pearce, T Lees, M Tonge, L Varney, P Green, R Austin, R McCormack (D Somma, 84), E Diouf.
Subs not used: R Hall, A Drury, H Habibou, A White, J Ashdown, D Poleon.
Burnley: L Grant, J Shackell, K Long, B Mee (D Lafferty, 47), K Trippier, R Wallace (D Ings, 65), D Marney, C McCann, A Kacaniklic, M Paterson (J Stanislas, 53), S Vokes
Subs not used: M Bartley, D Edgar, B Stock, B Jensen.
Cardiff 0-0 Charlton
Cardiff: D Marshall, L Barnett, A Taylor, K McNaughton, B Turner, J Mutch, A Gunnarsson, C Noone (T Smith, 71), K Bo-Kyung, C Bellamy, R Gestede.
Subs not used: P Whittingham, J Lewis, J Mason, C Conway, D Cowie, B Nugent.
Charlton: B Hamer, R Wiggins, D Dervite, M Morrison, C Solly, A Hughes (J Obika, 81), B Pritchard (D Green, 88), J Jackson, C Harriott, R Fuller (M Gower, 81), Y Kermorgant.
Subs not used: S Kerkar, M Taylor, L Wilson, D Button.
Last meeting at Turf Moor
Burnley 1-1 Cardiff
Burnley: L Grant, M Duff, B Easton, B Mee, K Trippier, R Wallace (A MacDonald, 84), D Marney, C McCann, K Treacy (W Elliott, 77), J Rodriguez, C Austin (Z Hines, 65)
Subs not used: D Edgar, B Jensen
Cardiff: D Marshall, A Taylor, A Gerrard , K McNaughton , M Hudson , P Whittingham, C Conway, D Cowie, R Earnshaw (R Gestede, 75) K Miller , J Mason (D Blake, 69)
Subs not used: P Quinn, T Heaton, D Keinan
Burnley are without Charlie Austin (appendix op) and Michael Duff (calf). A late decision will be made on Ben Mee, who suffered a hamstring strain at Leeds United in midweek.
City will decide between Frenchman Rudy Gestede and Joe Mason in attack. Tommy Smith could also earn a recall. Fraizer Campbell and Craig Conway are both likely to miss the game, as will Heidar Helguson and Nicky Maynard.
Stat of the Day:
Burnley have failed to beat Cardiff in the last 10 attempts. The last triumph over the Welsh side was in April 2007, when goals from Steve Jones and Paul McVeigh beat Dave Jones’ side 2-0 at Turf Moor.
Sean Dyche: “It’s hero time over the next three games and you want someone to make the difference.”
Malky MacKay: Sean (Dyche) will absolutely want the points this weekend, as do I. We’re both football managers and we’ll be professional as usual, trying to win the game.
Referee: S Attwell
This weekend’s Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Friday 19th April 2013
Hull v Bristol City 19:45
Saturday 20th April 2013
Huddersfield v Millwall 12.30
Burnley v Cardiff 12.45
Birmingham v Leeds United
Bolton v Middlesbrough
Brighton v Blackpool
Charlton v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Derby v Peterborough
Sheff Wed v Ipswich
Watford v Blackburn
For an up-to-date Championship table, click HERE