Charlton v Burnley
22/3/13 (Kick-off 3pm)
Burnley will look to stretch their unbeaten run in the league to 15 games at the Valley. The Clarets go in to the match sitting in second place in the Championship table, 10 points clear of third placed Derby County.
Opponents Charlton are battling for survival at the opposite end of the table. A poor run of form saw Chris Powell’s reign at the Addicks come to an end last week, and was soon replaced by former Standard Liege number two José Riga. The new boss recorded his first win for his Athletic in a last gasp 1-0 win over Bournemouth midweek, and they will be looking to capitalise on that victory in this weekend’s fixture.
Last Five Matches:
Charlton Star Man: Simon Church
The striker is the Addicks top scorer this season with a return of eight goals. Church is well established in the Championship having enjoyed a promotion season with previous club Reading in 2012. The striker scored 24 goals in six years for the Royals before signing for Charlton last summer. The Welshman is an international colleague of Burnley’s Sam Vokes, earning 25 caps and scoring twice for his country.
Last Time Out:
Burnley 2-1 Leeds United
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Duff, Marney, Jones, Wallace (Stanislas, 60), Arfield, Barnes, Vokes
Subs not used: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Kightly, Edgar, Lafferty
Leeds: Butland, Lees, Pearce, Murphy, Austin, Wickham, Pugh, Smith, Byram, Mowatt (Poleon,66), McCormack
Subs not used: Hunt, Warnock, Brown, Wootton, Stewart, Cairns
Charlton 1-0 Bournemouth
Charlton: Hamer, Wilson, Wiggins, Poyet, Morrison, Dervite, Green (Sordell, 65), Cousins, Church, Jackson, Harriott (Obika, 41).
Subs not used: Pritchard, Wood, Tudgay, Thuram-Ullien, Nego.
Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Harte, O’Kane (Kermorgant, 59), Elphick, Cook, Fraser (Smith, 83), Arter, Grabban (Rantie, 70), Surman, Pugh.
Subs not used: Allsop, MacDonald, Coulibaly, Ward.
Last Meeting at The Valley:
Burnley 1 (Austin, 43)
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Long, Shackell, Stanislas (Ings 72), Kacaniklic (Stock 88), Bartley, Edgar, Paterson, Austin (Vokes 84).
Subs not used: O’Neill, Mills, Treacy, Jensen.
Charlton: Button, Morrison, Cort, Pritchard, Wiggins, Jackson, Wilson, Obika (Green 63), Fuller, Haynes, Dervite (Harriott 63).
Subs not used: Taylor, Hughes, Wagstaff, Green, Evina, Hamer.
Burnley: Danny Ings will miss the trip to The Valley, as he recovers from a sprained ankle. Kieran Trippier will be assessed for the game after treatment on a tight hamstring.
Charlton: The Addicks have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this fixture.
Stat of the Day:
Burnley remain unbeaten in the league in 2014, notching up eight wins and five draws.
Sean Dyche: “All I know is that our players are going to be ready to deliver a performance because that’s what we have done all season. And when we’ve done it well we’ve got what we wanted, which is wins of course.’
José Riga: “We will win in confidence when we are not in trouble defensively. The defence gives confidence to the midfield and the midfield gives confidence to the strikers. Every story starts with the defensive aspect.”
Championship Fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Derby v Nottm Forest (12:15)
Barnsley v Bournemouth
Birmingham v Reading
Blackburn v Leicester
Blackpool v Huddersfield
Brighton v Ipswich
Charlton v Burnley
Doncaster v Sheff Wed
Leeds v Millwall
Middlesbrough v QPR
Wigan v Watford
Yeovil v Bolton
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