All the facts and figures ahead of the Molineux clash
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley
27/4/13 (kick-off 3pm)
Wolves enter the last chance saloon when they entertain the Clarets in their final home fixture of the season, with manager Dean Saunders adamant that only victory will keep alive their hopes of survival. However, Wanderers' recent home form is encouraging and three points would set up their final day showdown at Brighton.
A home win would also keep the pressure on Burnley, unless results elsewhere guarantee the Clarets’ safety. However, Sean Dyche’s men know that three points would also end all uncertainty without the need for outside assistance.
Last ten matches
Wolves Star Man: Kevin Doyle
Wolves dangermen, Bakary Sako and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, have been absent in recent weeks, so the mantle has passed to Doyle to be the savior. The Republic of Ireland international has failed to repeat his prolific goal scoring record of previous Championship seasons, but has shown glimpses of his previous best in the last seven games, where he has netted four times, including crucial winners against Bristol City, Middleborough and Hull. The former Reading striker has scored nine times this season for Wolves, but has only found the net twice in nine meetings against the Clarets.
Last time out:
Burnley 1-1 Cardiff City
Burnley: L Grant, J Shackell, K Long, K Trippier , D Lafferty, R Wallace (D Edgar, 46), D Marney (K Treacy, 83), C McCann, J Stanislas (M Paterson, 46), S Vokes, D Ings
Subs not used: L O'Neill, B Jensen, M Bartley, B Stock.
Cardiff: D Marshall, L Barnett, A Taylor, K McNaughton, B Turner, C Conway, J Mutch (D Cowie, 74), A Gunnarsson, C Noone (C Bellamy, 66), K Bo-Kyung , R Gestede
Subs not used: S Lappin, B Nugent, J Mason, P Whittingham, J Lewis
Charlton 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Charlton: B Hamer, R Wiggins, D Dervite, M Morrison, C Solly, A Hughes (M Gower, 12), B Pritchard, J Jackson (D Green, 61), C Harriott, R Fuller (J Obika, 81), Y Kermorgant
Subs not used: M Taylor, D Button, L Wilson, S Kerkar
Wolves: D De Vries, K Gorkss , S Ward (D Batth, 89), J Robinson, R Johnson, M Doherty , K Henry, T Doumbia, S Hunt (A Hammill, 86), K Doyle, B Sigurdarson
Subs not used: K Foley, A McCarey, J Cassidy, N Dicko, L McAlinden
Last meeting at Turf Moor
Burnley 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Martin Paterson, Charlie Austin)
Burnley: L Grant, J Shackell, M Duff , D Edgar, B Mee , K Trippier, R Wallace (D Ings, 70), D Marney (J Stanislas, 81), B Stock, M Paterson (S Vokes, 89), C Austin
Subs not used: D Lafferty, C Stewart, K Long, B Jensen
Wolves: C Ikeme, K Foley, C Berra, S Ward, R Johnson (D Edwards, 69), K Henry, J Pennant (A Forde, 68), B Sako, T Doumbia, S Ebanks-Blake , K Doyle
Subs not used: B Sigurdarson, D Davis, D Batth, R Stearman, D De Vries
Frenchman Bakary Sako trained earlier this week after recovering from a hamstring injury that has ruled him out for six games and Wanderers will make a late decision on his fitness.
Burnley also must decide on Michael Duff’s availability, although Ben Mee and Charlie Austin remain sidelined.
Stat of the Day:
A Burnley victory would secure the first double over their bogey side since the 1956/57 season, when the Clarets won 3-0 at home and 2-1 away. Wolves won the Football League title in the following two seasons. Harry Potts’ Burnley side beat them to it in 1960.
Sean Dyche: “Some of these players will be experiencing the ups and downs of the Championship for the first time, so it’s part of their growth. Anyone can take the wheel of a ship in calm water. It’s not so easy in rough seas, but rough seas do make good sailors.”
Dean Saunders: “We've got ten points from our last five home games, so we've got nothing to fear. I'll be saying to them 'go out there and play your natural game’.”
Referee: Darren Sheldrake
This weekend’s Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Friday, 26th April 2013
Leicester v Watford 19:45
Saturday, 27th April 2013
Barnsley v Hull
Blackburn v Crystal Palace
Blackpool v Derby
Bristol City v Huddersfield
Cardiff v Bolton
Ipswich v Birmingham
Leeds United v Brighton
Middlesbrough v Charlton
Millwall v Nottm Forest
Wolves v Burnley
Peterborough v Sheff Wed (17:20)
Derby v Peterborough
Sheff Wed v Ipswich
Watford v Blackburn
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