Burnley v Ipswich
26/04/14 (Kick-off 12:15)
Burnley will be hoping to celebrate promotion back to the Premier League with victory over Ipswich in their final home match of the season.
The Clarets sealed their return to English football’s top flight with a 2-0 win over Lancashire rivals Wigan Athletic on Bank Holiday Monday.
Burnley’s form at Turf Moor has been exceptional; Sean Dyche’s men have lost just two of their last 26 home fixtures.
Scott Arfield’s late header gave Burnley a 1-0 win when they last faced Ipswich at Portman Road back in October.
However, Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich will be looking to spoil Burnley’s promotion party. The Tractor Boys are just two points off the play-offs in 9th position and will pose a stern test.
Last Five Matches:
Ipswich Star Man: David McGoldrick
McGoldrick is Ipswich’s leading goalscorer this season with 16 goals in all competitions.
The 26-year-old signed for Ipswich on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest in the summer after four seasons at the City Ground.
The Nottingham-born forward joined Forest in a £1m transfer from Southampton in 2005, after starting his career at city rivals Notts County.
McGoldrick has scored three goals against Burnley in his nine-year playing career, including both goals in a 2-0 victory for Forest in April 2011.
Last Time Out:
Burnley 2-0 Wigan
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier (Baird 78), Mee, Jones, Duff, Shackell, Kightly, Marney, Barnes, Ings, Arfield.
Subs not used: Cisak, Wallace, Stanislas, Edgar, Treacy, Long.
Wigan: Al-Habsi, Perch, Crainey (Kiernan 45), McArthur, Boyce, Barnett, McClean (Maynard 77), Collison, Fortuné, Jordi Gomez (McManaman 45), Beausejour.
Subs not used: Carson, Caldwell, Maloney, Powell.
Ipswich 2-2 Bournemouth
Ipswich: Gerken, Richardson, Cresswell, Wordsworth (Green 45), Chambers, Smith, Anderson (Nouble 53), Skuse, Murphy, Williams (Mings 77), Hunt.
Subs not used: Loach, Tabb, Taylor, Marriott.
Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Daniels (Smith 66), O’Kane, Ward, Cook, Ritchie, Surman, Grabban, Kermogant, Pugh (Rantie 66).
Subs not used: Allsop, Elphick, Harte, MacDonald, Fraser.
Burnley: No new injury concerns.
Ipswich: Luke Hyam is unavailable while Anthony Wordsworth and Paul Anderson are both doubts. Christophe Berra is fit and part of the squad.
Stat of the Day:
Only Brighton have kept more clean sheets than Burnley in the Championship this season; Brighton have kept 19, Burnley 18.
Sean Dyche: “We want to go out at home on a win. We’ve only lost five games so we’re not looking for that to change. I know Big Mick and Terry Connor there and they’ll have their team ready, make no mistake. They’ll come here and want to get involved in a real ding-dong of a game because they want the three points. But we’ll be ready and looking to win again.”
“Burnley have only lost two at home and tomorrow’s game will be different circumstances for them, they will have enjoyed their success this week. They are a team of winners, as they’ve proved this season, and won’t want to lose their final home game to us. They have been remarkable. To maintain what they’ve done and get promoted is credit to Burnley. They’ve been fantastic.”
Referee: J. Linington
Championship Fixtures (Kick-off 3pm unless stated):
Saturday 26th April 2014
Birmingham v Leeds
Bournemouth v Nottm Forest
Charlton v Blackburn
Derby v Watford
Huddersfield v Leicester
Middlesbrough v Barnsley
QPR v Millwall
Sheff Wed v Bolton
Wigan v Blackpool