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Preview: Burnley v Fulham

3 November 2015

Burnley head into another game at Turf Moor looking to record their second victory in three days when they meet Fulham.

Andre Gray’s double helped to see off Huddersfield on Saturday and the Clarets stood firm in the face of late pressure from the Terriers after Michael Duff inadvertently put the ball in his own net.

The Clarets now occupy 3rd place in the Sky Bet Championship after an unbeaten October and could go top if they register another three points tonight.

However, visitors Fulham are in form themselves and come to Turf Moor having clocked up successive victories against Reading and Bristol City, scoring eight goals in the process.

Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack both have seven goals apiece so far this campaign and having gone unbeaten themselves in October, Kit Symons side are likely to provide a stern test of the Clarets credentials.

Burnley: WWDWW

Fulham: DDDWW

19-year-old Moussa Dembele has been one of the standout performers recently in the Sky Bet Championship.

The French forward has netted seven times and notched two assists for the Whites so far this season. Five of those goals have come in his last three games and the pacey striker will be full of confidence alongside Ross McCormack.

He has represented France at every level from U16s to U20s and played a key role in France U19s reaching the semi-finals of the 2015 European Championships and looks a bright prospect for the future.

Fulham (Murphy 23, Elm 31, Zamora 54) 3-0 Burnley

Fulham: Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Shorey; Duff (Bjorn Helge Riise 76'), Etuhu, Murphy, Davies (Greening 61'); Elm, Zamora (Okaka 70')

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Kelly, Smalling, Nevland

Burnley: Jensen; Mears, Cort (Eagles 31'), Carlisle, Edgar; Elliott (Cork 55'), André Bikey, McDonald, Fox; Nugent (Paterson 75'), Fletcher

Unused substitutes: Weaver, Duff, Blake, Thompson

Ref: C Foy

Attendance: 23,005

Sean Dyche has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of Fulham.

Kevin Long is ‘more or less fully-fit’ after taking part in recent Development Squad fixtures while Dean Marney is going really well after recovering from a minor niggle that delayed his progress.

Andrew Madley will officiate tomorrow night’s home Sky Bet Championship fixture against Fulham at Turf Moor (7.45pm)

The West Yorkshire referee has been in charge of 16 games so far this season and issued 55 yellow cards and three reds in the process.

The last time he officiated a game involving the Clarets was the 3-0 victory over Derby County in August 2013 at the iPro Stadium.

Three players were booked on that occasion – Ben Mee and Dean Marney for the Clarets and Ben Davies for the hosts.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Mr Anthony Backhouse, Mr Mark Dwyer and Fourth Official Mr Darren Bond.

Sean Dyche: “They’re a good side who’ve got some very good players and as with anyone in the Championship you have to ready for all and we’ve made a good show of that.

“That’s important that the players have that clarity and focus and so do the fans and I think they do.

“We’re still not the finished article but we’re showing good signs of being productive.”

Kit Symons: “It’s going to be tough and we’re going to have to defend resolutely and be solid as a unit.

“The one thing that annoyed me a bit on Saturday was that we conceded a goal. It was late and the players were arguing about it which shows our winning mentality.

“We went to Boro and kept a clean sheet, which is a difficult place to go, and we’re getting better all the time.”

Burnley are 10/11 favourites with Sky Bet to get the three points against Fulham tonight, with the draw priced at 13/5 and the visitors at 11/4.

Andre Gray netted twice at the weekend to make it five goals in his last five games. He’s priced at 4/1 to open the scoring and 6/1 to score another brace.

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