Burnley v Leeds United
15/3/14 (kick-off 3pm)
Burnley will look to get back to winning ways and strengthen their grip on second place in the Championship table against a troubled Leeds United side.
The visitors arrive at Turf Moor amidst turmoil concerning their ownership and having conceded nine goals in their last two home games.
Heavy defeats to Bolton Wanderers and Reading have seen Brian McDermott’s side drop to 15th position in the league standings.
However, Leeds got a credible draw in their last away outing at Queens Park Rangers and will be searching for another good performance against a Burnley team unbeaten at home for over a year.
Last Five Matches:
Leeds Star Man: Ross McCormack
The 27-year-old Glaswegian has been a revelation this season having already beaten his career-best goalscoring tally.
With 24 goals to his name, McCormack is the only player to have scored more Championship goals than Burnley in-form strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes. He has also been nominated for the Championship Player of the Year award alongside the Clarets top marksman.
In January, manager Brian McDermott made the former Rangers and Cardiff man captain of the club and he has recently been back in the Scotland squad and started for his national team in their away friendly win against Poland last week.
Last Time Out:
Birmingham City 3-3 Burnley
Birmingham: Randolph – Spector, Packwood, Robinson, Blackett – Lee (Macheda 60) – Burke, Adeyemi, Huws, Shinnie (Žigić 79) – Novak.
Subs not used: Doyle, Martin, Caddis, Rusnák, Ibe.
Burnley: Heaton – Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee – Wallace (Stanislas 62), Marney, Jones, Arfield (Edgar 90+2) – Ings (Barnes 75), Vokes.
Subs not used: Cisak, Long, Kightly, Treacy.
Goals: Macheda 63, 90+4, Huws 69 – Marney 30, Duff 67, Vokes 86
Attendance: 16,695 (1,593)
Leeds United 2-4 Reading
Leeds: Butland – Lees, Žaliūkas (Smith 60), Pearce – Byram, Mowatt, Austin, Murphy, Pugh – Wickham, McCormack.
Subs not used: Cairns, Wootton, Brown, Stewart, Poleon, Hunt.
Reading: McCarthy – Gunter, Pearce, Gorkšs, Obita – McCleary (Blackman 40), Guthrie, Akpan, McAnuff – Drenthe (Hector 78) – Robson-Kanu (Cummings 86).
Subs not used: Federici, Taylor, Thisbola, Le Fondre.
Goals: Smith 63, Austin 64 – McCleary 25, Drenthe 46, Blackman 48, Robson-Kanu 54
Last meeting at Turf Moor:
Burnley 1-0 Leeds United
Burnley: Grant – Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee (Lafferty 59) – Stock (Vokes 64) – Wallace, Marney, McCann, Paterson – Austin.
Subs not used: Jensen, Edgar, Bartley, Stanislas, Ings.
Leeds: Kenny – Byram, Peltier, Pearce, Drury (Pugh 81) – White (Varney 86), Brown, Austin, Tonge – Diouf, Becchio.
Subs not used: Ashdown, Kisnorbo, Green, Norris, Gray.
Goal: Austin 83
Danny Ings limped off with an ankle knock during Wednesday’s game against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s. However, he has not been ruled out of contention for this one.
Jimmy Kébé is expected to miss out through illness. Stephen Warnock and Lee Peltier should be available for selection, though.
Stat of the Day:
Eight different players have been on target for Burnley in the last five games.
Sean Dyche: “They can be a wounded animal at the minute. You can’t define that. They’ve had a couple of indifferent results that they wouldn’t have been happy with, but they’ve got more to offer. I know their squad, manager and coach Nigel Gibbs – all good people who work hard. It is Leeds United and, let’s make no mistake, if you look on paper, they have a fair squad. We made it clear that we’re ready to go every week and we will be again when the whistle blows.”
Brian McDermott: “You’ve got to compete and work hard. You’ve got to win every second ball and every first ball and you have to take your chances when you get them. The most important thing is that you run and run hard. We’ll be looking to match them in every single department. We’ve got to try and go there and get a performance to win the game. That is all we can do as a group of people, as a group of staff and as a group of players.”
Referee: Mr Simon Hooper
Saturday’s Championship fixtures (all 3pm kick-offs):
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Bolton v Brighton
Huddersfield v Blackburn
Ipswich v Wigan
Leicester v Blackpool
Millwall v Charlton
Nottingham Forest v Doncaster
QPR v Yeovil
Reading v Derby
Sheffield Wed v Birmingham
Watford v Barnsley