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Preview: Burnley v Preston North End

4 December 2015

Burnley meet with Lancashire neighbours Preston North End for the 125th time in the league this weekend.

The Clarets will be buoyed by rescuing a late point against Cardiff City in a performance that typified the resilience and never-say-die attitude of Sean Dyche’s men.

Rouwen Hennings opened his account for the club on 85 minutes, before Matthew Connolly diverted Michael Keane’s header over the line to make it 2-2 in stoppage time.

Newly-promoted visitors Preston North End currently occupy 18th position in the Sky Bet Championship after a mixed start to life back in the second tier.

Ross McCormack’s free-kick denied them victory at Fulham last time out after Joe Garner had given them a lead on 11 minutes.

It would have been a rare away win for Simon Grayson’s men, who have won twice on the road this season against MK Dons and Rotherham United.

Preston North End: DWDLD

Burnley: WWDDD

A product of the Aston Villa academy, Daniel Johnson signed at Deepdale in January 2015 for a nominal fee.

The Jamaican winger got his first flavour of senior football in the League Cup against the Clarets back in January 2011 as unused substitute for Villa.

His impressive form was integral to helping Preston secure promotion via the Play-Offs last season. After suffering defeat on his debut, the Lilywhites lost just of the next 22 games he featured in.

And having already netted six times already so far this season despite a mixed start in the Sky Bet Championship, he is our one to watch at the weekend.

Burnley (Trippier 6’, Ings 34’) 2-0 Preston North End (Capital One Cup)

Burnley: Cisak, Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Mee, Arfield, Edgar, Jones (Stock 81), Treacy (Marney 66), Ings (Stanislas 84), Vokes.

Subs: Liversedge, Long, Lafferty, Noble

Booked: Trippier 66, Shackell 80

Preston NE: Stuckmann, Keane, Laird, Huntington, Clarke, Wright, Humphrey, Beavon (Garner 89), Holmes (Wroe 73), Byrom, Hume (Davies 73).

Subs: Rudd, Buchanan, Welsh, Mousinho

REF: P Tierney

Att: 10,648 (2,920)

Sean Dyche is hoping that Sam Vokes can be added into his squad for the visit of Preston. The striker suffered a groin injury in the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and has missed the draws with Brighton and Cardiff City but has trained well this week.

Kevin Friend will referee Saturday’s Lancashire derby against Preston North End at Turf Moor (3pm kick-off).

The Leicestershire official has taken charge of 11 games so far in the 2015/16 campaign, issuing 37 yellow cards and four reds in the process.

It will be the second time he has officiated a game involving the Clarets this season, having been the man in the middle for the 1-1 draw against Leeds United on the opening day.

Three players were booked on that occasion, Scott Arfield and Michael Kightly for Burnley and Sol Bamba for the hosts.

Mr Friend will be assisted by Mr Andrew Halliday, Mr Mark Dwyer and Fourth Official David Webb.

Sean Dyche: “I think Simon has done a great job and I like him. He's looking to do that now, that happened last year with promotion and after a mixed start they've settled.

"It's not just a derby but it's another challenging match. I say that every week but it's because that is what this division is about, it is a challenge in every game you go into."

Simon Grayson: “They are a very consistent, hard-working team and have individuals who can win them games. I watched them the other week against Brighton and saw what they were about and the majority of their squad is the same one that was with them in the Premier League and they have added to it.”

Burnley are the even-money favourites with Sky Bet to win their derby clash with Preston at Turf Moor. North End are the 3/1 outsiders for the victory and the draw is on offer at 9/4.
The Clarets have drawn 0-0, 1-1 and 2-2 in their last three games so it makes sense to look at 100/1 with Sky Bet for a 3-3 draw to continue the sequence!
Both teams have found the back of the net in six of Burnley’s last seven home games and you can get odds-against at 11/10 for both teams to score in this clash.

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