Bournemouth v Burnley
15/2/14 (Kick-off 3pm)
Having moved three points clear of third-place QPR with a mid-week victory at Bolton, Burnley are now looking to tighten their grip on second spot.
A win against Bournemouth would open up a six-point gap on closest rivals QPR, who are not in action until Sunday.
The Cherries will be looking to further cement their status as a Championship club with a good result on Saturday.
Former Clarets boss Eddie Howe is the man in charge of the south-coast club and so far has performed admirably in his role.
Howe’s Bournemouth side sit 15th in the Championship, with 11 points putting clear water between themselves and Charlton in the relegation zone.
Last Five Matches
Bournemouth Star Man: Lewis Grabban
Striker Lewis Grabban, 26, has been one of Bournemouth’s key players this season and leads the club’s goal-scoring charts with 13.
The Cherries’ number nine was a regular in Eddie Howe’s promotion winning side last season and the front-man was on the score-sheet in Bournemouth’s recent draw at Bolton.
The former Crystal Palace and Millwall forward is frequently deployed as a striker, however is equally adept at playing in a wide position.
Last Time Out:
Bolton 0-1 Burnley
Bolton: Bogdan, Baptiste, Ream, Wheater, Mills, Medo (Davies 61), Trotter (Moritz 61, (Danns 72)), Spearing(c), Lee, Eagles, Jutkiewicz
Subs not used: Lonergan, Knight, White, Pratley
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Duff, Kightly (Barnes 86), Marney, Arfield, Jones, Ings, Vokes
Subs not used: Cisak, Long, Edgar, Stanislas, Wallace, Lafferty
Bolton 2-2 Bournemouth
Bolton: Bogdan, Baptiste, Ream, Davies (Medo, 58), Mills, Knight, Trotter (Moritz, 72), Spearing, Jutkiewicz, Eagles (Danns, 83), Lee
Subs not used: Hall, Pratley, Lonergan, White
Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Harte, Arter, Elphick, Cook, Ritchie, O’Kane, Grabban (MacDonald, 94), Surman (Rantie, 66), Pugh (Kermorgant, 66)
Subs not used: Allsop, Pitman, Smith, Fraser
Midfielder Brian Stock is the only absentee from Sean Dyche’s squad travelling to the Goldsands Stadium. The Welsh international has a back injury and, although not thought to be serious, will miss the Clarets’ trip south.
Bournemouth will be without defender Charlie Daniels (thigh) and Elliott Ward (knee), otherwise Eddie Howe has no fresh injury concerns.
Stat of the Day
Burnley’s record of 12 league clean sheets this season has already equalled their total from last campaign with 16 games still to play.
Sean Dyche: “The one thing I can guarantee with my teams is sweat on the shirt and the minimum expectation is maximum effort. The players give that and have also given very good quality. You’ve got to maintain and build on each performance and we look to go again. We want the players to continue and be relentless in their attitude as they have been.”
Eddie Howe: “I think Burnley can go all the way. I’m sure it will go down to the wire though, like it does most seasons.
(On Vokes and Ings) “I’d be lying if I said I saw them as a nailed-on partnership that would score the goals they have. I don’t think there’s a limit to what either can achieve this season, and beyond."
(Source: Lancashire Telegraph)
Referee: G. Scott
Weekend’s Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Saturday 15th February 2014
Birmingham v Huddersfield
Bournemouth v Burnley
Doncaster v Barnsley
Ipswich v Blackpool
Millwall v Bolton
Watford v Middlesbrough
Sunday 16th February 2014
QPR v Reading (15:30)
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Story by Hal Boxhall-Dockree