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Preview: Cardiff City v Burnley

27 November 2015

Burnley travel to Cardiff City looking to extend an eight-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Clarets are positioned promisingly in fifth place, but could move into the top two if they continue their impressive form and register victory over the Bluebirds.

Last time out, Andre Gray’s penalty cancelled out Bobby Zamora’s strike in the first four minutes and Scott Arfield went close to winning the game late on.

Opponents Cardiff City currently occupy 9th position and will be looking to bounce back after a 2-0 defeat to Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

They will however be buoyed by their form at the Cardiff City Stadium so far this term. Their only defeat on home soil came back in September against table-topping Hull City.

Cardiff City: DDLWL

Burnley: WWWDD

Having already netted five times so far this season for the Bluebirds, Joe Mason is likely to pose a threat to the Clarets defence on Saturday afternoon.

Mason signed for the club in July 2011 and scored 12 goals in his first season, including one in the 2012 Carling Cup champions.

The striker enjoyed three successful loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and he could be integral for Slade’s men alongside Kenwyne Jones and new arrival Tony Watt if they have Play-Off ambitions.

Burnley (Edgar 90’) 1-1 Cardiff City (Conway 27’)

Burnley: Grant, Lafferty, Long, Shackell, Trippier, Wallace (Edgar 46), McCann, Marney (Treacy 84), Stanislas (Paterson 46), Vokes, Ings.

Subs: Jensen, Bartley, O’Neill, Stock

Booked: Trippier 39, Marney 76

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Turner, Conway, Bo-Kyung, Gestede, Noone (Bellamy 67), Gunnarsson, Mutch (Cowie 74), Barnett.

Subs: Whittingham, Mason, Lappin, Nugent, Lewis

Ref: S Attwell

Att: 13,264 (1,613)

Sean Dyche is set to make a late call on the fitness of Welsh international striker Sam Vokes ahead of the trip to Cardiff City.

Vokes missed the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion with a groin problem and there is still a question mark over his fitness.

Darren Drysdale will take charge of the Clarets Sky Bet Championship clash against Cardiff City on Saturday at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Drysdale has officiated 14 games so far in the 2015/16 campaign, issuing 35 yellow cards and one red card in the process.

The last Clarets fixture he took charge of was the 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Nottingham Forest at Turf Moor in 2013.

Four players were booked on that occasion, three for Nottingham Forest and Junior Stanislas for the Clarets.

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Mr Mark Russell, Mr Andrew Turner and Fourth Official Andy Davies.

Sean Dyche: “Looking at their squad on paper they have some really good players, some of who have been there for a long time.

“They’ve certainly got good experience and it seems they’ve had good home form and been a bit up and down away from home.

“That’s probably what a Championship season is about and we’ve had our own share of that.

“I’ve seen them a couple of times and they are decent side, but I could say that virtually every week.

“They certainly have strength in depth and it’s whether they have strength on the day.

"We have to show our own strength with a good performance to get what we all what, which is three points.”

Russell Slade: “They're strong, rigid and with a massive threat up front. We know what a big game Saturday is and if we can put a good run together over Christmas that will stand us in good stead for the new year."

Fifth-placed Burnley travel to Cardiff and the former are 6/4 with Sky Bet to make it six victories in nine games.

The Clarets have drawn their last two and another stalemate is 11/5 while a win for the hosts is on offer at 19/10.

Burnley striker Andre Gray has nine goals in the Championship and he is 9/2 to open the scoring while Kenwyne Jones and Joe Mason are both 11/2 shots to do the same for Cardiff. 

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