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Preview: Burnley vs Hellas Verona

8 August 2014

Sean Dyche’s men face Italian side Hellas Verona on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off) as their pre-season preparations come to a close.

The Clarets faced a tough test on Tuesday evening as they were twice denied victory by Spanish side Celta Vigo.

Lukas Jutkiewicz opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, but a revitalised second-half Celta hit back through Alex Lopez.

Jutkiewicz then struck again after great work from Ashley Barnes, but Spanish forward Nolito levelled the scores at 2-2.

Dyche has a full complement of Clarets to pick from for the friendly against Hellas aside from long-term absentee Sam Vokes and is likely to rotate his squad so that everyone gets valuable playing time ahead of the Chelsea fixture.

Winger Michael Kightly played 63 minutes in the Development squad’s 3-0 victory over Fleetwood Town on Wednesday as he continues to recover from minor knee surgery over the summer and he is likely to be
involved with the first-team again after making the bench against Celta Vigo.

Danny Ings is also available again after being rested by Dyche on Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure.

Hellas Verona began their preparations for the 2014/15 Serie A campaign with a 1-1 draw against Russian side Rubin Kazan courtesy of a Luca Toni goal before beating Lega Pro Prima Divisione A side F.C. Südtirol 6-0.

In their latest fixture, Verona beat Khor Sports Club of Qatar 4-0 and the Italians have also been boosted by the additions of Aston Villa’s Antonio Luna and former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez in the past week.

Mandorlini’s men will be looking to build on their excellent 10th place finish in their first season back in Serie A.


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