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Big Preview: Blackburn v Burnley

7 March 2014

Blackburn v Burnley
Ewood Park
9/3/14 (kick-off 12.30pm)
Burnley head into Sunday’s East Lancashire derby in terrific form with four wins in their last five fixtures placing the Clarets second in the Championship.
With five points separating Sean Dyche’s men from closest rivals Derby going into the weekend, Burnley will be looking to maintain momentum and tighten their grip on second place.
However, opponents Blackburn will be looking to take the wind out of the Clarets sails.
And with Rovers six points off the play-off places, Sunday would be the perfect time to start stringing wins together.

Last Five Matches

Blackburn Star Man: Jordan Rhodes
Top scorer Rhodes has previous in this fixture, netting a late equaliser at Turf Moor back in September to deny the Clarets victory at the death.
Rovers’ record signing has fared well in front of goal this season; although not able to match the numbers posted by Sam Vokes or Danny Ings, the 24-year-old has 16 strikes in the league. 
The Scotland international earned a move to Blackburn after making his name in League One with Huddersfield and is now in his second season with the Lancashire club.

Last Time Out:

Burnley 2-0 Derby
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Jones, Marney, Kightly (Wallace 64), Arfield (Stanislas 87), Ings (Barnes 80), Vokes
Subs not used: Cisak, Edgar, Treacy, Long

Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Forsyth, Keogh, Hendrick, Martin, Russell (Sammon 45), Eustace (Bryson 72), Hughes, Buxton, Dawkins (Bamford 62)
Subs not used: Ward, Legzdins, Whitbread, Thorne
Attendance: 17,285

Bolton 4-0 Blackburn
Bolton: Bogdan, Baptiste, Ream, Spearing, Knight, Wheater, Kamara, Danns (Moritz 85), Mason, Jutkiewicz (Trotter 87), Davies (Lee 77)
Subs not used: Hutton, Eagles, Hall, Lonergan

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Spurr, Taylor (Evans 45), Lowe, Kilgallon (Kane 73), Conway, Williamson (Varney 45), Getsede, Rhodes, Olsson
Subs not used: Eastwood, Dabo, Lenihan, Rittenberg
Attendance: 17,541

Team News:
The Clarets have a fully fit squad for Sunday’s clash.
Blackburn defender Grant Hanley is back in contention after missing his side’s 4-0 defeat against Bolton last weekend. Elsewhere, Matt Kilgallon will be assessed after limping off in that game with a groin injury. New loan signing from Manchester United, Michael Keane, is in line for a debut

Stat of the Day
Stretching all the way back to last season; Burnley have lost just three of their last 36 league games.

They Say:
Sean Dyche: “We go into the game very confident, in a good mood and good spirit, knowing that really the expectation is on Blackburn.
“There is a tremendous energy and organisation in the side and we feel we’ve got real ability, so we’re looking forward to the game.”

Referee: M. Dean

Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Saturday 8th March 2014
Barnsley v Nottm Forest
Birmingham v QPR
Blackpool v Bournemouth
Brighton v Reading
Derby v Millwall
Doncaster v Huddersfield
Leeds v Bolton
Middlesbrough v Ipswich
Yeovil v Sheff Wed

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