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Preview: Burnley v Charlton Athletic

18 December 2015

The Clarets face Charlton Athletic at Turf Moor looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat at table-topping Middlesbrough.

A solitary strike from Emilio Nsue in the second-half condemned Sean Dyche’s side to a first away defeat in 9 games.

They are still 5th in the Sky Bet Championship and such is the nature of the division, victories in quick succession over the festive period could soon see them challenge the top two.

Visitors Charlton Athletic go into the game on the back of a 2-2 home draw against Bolton Wanderers.

The Addicks slipped into the bottom three with their Tuesday opponents and may face a battle to survive under the stewardship of interim Head Coach Karel Fraeye.

In their last three on the road, they have registered one win which came against play-off chasing Birmingham City.

Burnley: DDLDL
Charlton Athletic: WLLDD

Teenage striker Ademola Lookman has been a bright spark in a difficult campaign so far for the Addicks.

Having signed from local club Waterloo FC in 2014, an impressive goalscoring record for the club’s academy led to him making a first-team debut against MK Dons, when he replaced Reza Ghoochannejhad on 65 minutes.

His first senior goal came against Brighton earlier this month, and he netted an early brace against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday as his stock continues to rise.

Charlton 0-3 Burnley – Barnes 38’, Vokes 55’ (pen), Kightly 90’

Burnley: Heaton, Baird, Duff (Long 90), Shackell, Mee, Stanislas (Kightly, 74), Marney, Jones, Arfield, Vokes, Barnes.

Subs not used: Wallace, Cisak, Edgar, Treacy, Lafferty

Charlton: Hamer, Jackson, Morrison, Dervite, Green (Ajdarevic, 46) Church (Ghoochannejhad, 54), Obika, Wiggins, Wilson, Cousins, Poyet (Sordell, 76).

Subs not used:  Thuram-Ullien, Wood, Nego, Fox

Referee: O. Langford

Attendance: 16,113

Sean Dyche no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Charlton Athletic.

Long-term absentees Lukas Jutkiewicz and Ashley Barnes continue to recover from their cruciate ligament injuries and won't be available for selection.

Referee Paul Tierney will officiate Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship game between the Clarets and Charlton Athletic at Turf Moor.

The Lancashire official has taken charge of 21 games, where he has produced a total of 66 yellow cards and two reds.

The last Burnley game he refereed was in January 2013, when the Clarets lost 1-0 at Barnsley in an FA Cup tie.

Four players were booked on that occasion; including Dean Marney for Burnley and Brian Stock was shown a red card.

Mr Tierney will be assisted by Alf Greenwood, Duncan Street and Fourth Official Darren Deadman.

Sean Dyche: “We've had four away games out of six and some tough games. That's the challenge of the Championship and we know what it's about.

"It's a great chance to correct things against Charlton and with three out of the next four at home.

“Charlton have had a change of manager and in their style. They are good on the counter with pace and we've seen how the league can change so we've got to be on it in an important game for us."

Karel Fraeye: “Burnley are a very good side. A lot of them have played together for a long time so it's a very consistent team.

“They have a recognisable style of play. We know what to expect and we go there to try and get everything we can out of the game.”

Burnley (8/15) are the favourites with Sky Bet for the clash against Charlton Athletic at Turf Moor. The Addicks are the 11/2 outsiders for an away victory and the draw is on offer at 3/1.
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FOOTNOTE: The Burnley FC Fanzone after the match will relocate to the Harry Potts' car park, where there will be live entertainment, activities and a bar in the marquee.

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