All the facts and stats ahead of Saturday's Turf Moor clash
Burnley v Derby County
1/3/13 (Kick-off 3pm)
Burnley will look to capitalise on their 3-1 Victory over Nottingham Forest last weekend, against another team fighting at the top-end of the table.
The Clarets go in to the game in second place in the Championship, two points ahead of the Rams, unbeaten in nine league games and looking to protect an impressive unbeaten home league record this season.
Derby, under the management of former England manager Steve McClaren, have enjoyed an impressive form of late.
Last Five Matches:
Derby County Star Man: Will Hughes
The 18-year old is one of Derby’s bright young sparks this season and holds a big future in the game.
After making his first appearance for the Rams as a substitute in a 3-2 loss away to Peterborough back in February 2012, the blonde-haired midfielder has gone from strength to strength. Hughes, who is the second youngest England Under 21 international behind Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, has made a key contribution to Derby’s successes this season, highlighting his flair with mazy runs to create chances for the strikers. The Academy graduate has three league goals for County this season and will be definitely one to watch!
Last Time Out:
Burnley 3-1 Nottingham Forest
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Marney, Vokes (Barnes, 75), Ings, Jones, Kightly (Treacy, 60), Arfield
Subs not used: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Wallace, Stanislas, Edgar, Barnes
Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Collins, Moussi (Greening, 74) Mackie, Fox, Halford, Lascelles (Henderson, 81), Jara, Djebbour (Cox, 74), Paterson, Abdoun
Subs not used: Lichaj, Harding, Debyshire, De Vries,
Derby County 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Hendrick, Eustace (Sammon 45), Hughes, Bamford (Simon Dawkins 45), Martin, Russell.
Subs not used: O'Brien, Legzdins, Whitbread, Bailey, Thorne.
Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Harte, Ritchie (Fraser 70), Arter, Surman, Pugh (MacDonald 75), Grabban, Rantie (Kermorgant 58).
Subs not used: Allsop, Pitman, Smith, Coulibaly.
Last Meeting at Turf Moor:
Burnley 2 (Austin 40, Duff 74)
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Duff, Shackell, Marney, McCann, Ings (Stock 73), Paterson (Treacy 63), Austin (Vokes 68), Wallace.
Subs not used: Mills, Bartley, Edgar, Jensen.
Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, O’Brien (O’Connor 83), Roberts, Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson (Tyson 65), Jacobs, Sammon (Robinson 72), Hughes.
Subs not used: Davies, Freeman, Doyle, O’Connor, Fielding.
Burnley: The Clarets have no fresh injury concerns going in to this game.
Derby: Jamie Ward (hamstring) and Craig Bryson (thigh) are both set for recalls to the matchday squad after the duo returned to full training this week. Shaun Barker (knee), Paul Coutts (knee) and James O’Connor (thigh) continue their rehabilitation from long-term injury.
Stat of the Day:
Burnley have already bettered last season’s point total, with 14 games still to play this season.
Sean Dyche: “Both teams have been doing really well. We’ve shown all season that we’re capable so this is no different. It’s another big game, another three points we’re searching for and another win we want to grip and hold within us, so the players will be ready, that’s for sure.”
Steve McClaren: “Burnley have been in great form and have been pretty much all season to be honest. Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have scored goals galore and Sean Dyche has got them playing very well. They’re a tough, tough side to play against and at home they’re in exceptionally good form. They blew Nottingham Forest away in half an hour, so it will be a big test for this team.”
Ref: R. Madley
Championship Fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Saturday, March 1, 2014
QPR v Leeds (12:15)
Bolton v Blackburn
Bournemouth v Doncaster
Burnley v Derby
Huddersfield v Barnsley
Ipswich v Birmingham
Leicester v Charlton
Millwall v Brighton
Nott'm Forest v Wigan
Reading v Yeovil
Sheff Wed v Middlesbrough
Watford v Blackpool
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