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Preview: Wolves v Burnley

6 November 2015

Burnley head to the West Midlands looking to extend their rich vein of form in the Sky Bet Championship.

They are now joint top after an unbeaten October, that saw them win four games out of five in the league, was added to with victory over Fulham on Tuesday night.

Andre Gray’s third successive brace broke a 103-year old record and put the striker on 10 for the season, before Matt Taylor added a third late on to secure a 3-1 victory.

Opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers will be looking to reverse the formbook in front of their own supporters.

Their only victory in the last five outings came in the televised Midlands derby against Birmingham City.

And last time out Jonathan Kodjia’s solitary strike saw ensured a 1-0 defeat against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Wolves: LLLWL

Burnley: WDWWW

Despite Wolves’ stuttering start, Benik Afobe has netted seven goals in 17 appearances so far in the 2015/16 season and continued his prolific exploits from the previous campaign.
The 22-year-old moved to the Black Country from MK Dons in January 2015 after netting 19 goals at stadium:mk.

And after adding a further 13 goals in the Sky Bet Championship the same season, he became the joint top goalscorer in English football across all divisions.

Pacey and powerful, Afobe may be the man Wolves turn to as they look to halt their recent run. Grant Holt and Adam Le Fondre could provide the perfect foil for the former England youth international.

Wolves (Dicko 88’) 1-2 Burnley (Ings 8’, Paterson 53’)

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Edgar, McCann, Marney, Ings, Paterson (Stanislas 83), Vokes (Bartley 90)

Subs: Jensen, O’Neill, Wallace, Mills, Stock

Wolves: De Vries, Henry, Ward (Sako 59), Hunt (McAlinden 69), Johnson, Sigurdarson (Dicko 59), Robinson, Gorkss, Doumbia, Doyle, Doherty

Subs: Jonsson, Batth, Foley, McCarey

Referee: Darren Sheldrake

Aside from the long-term absentees, Sean Dyche has a clean bill of health for the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Michael Kightly missed Tuesday’s win over Fulham with illness but is back in contention to play his former employers.

Elsewhere, Kevin Long may be involved in the squad after taking part in recent Development Squad fixtures, but the game is likely to come too soon for Dean Marney who played 90 minutes against Oldham Athletic in the week.

Jonathan Moss is the man in the middle for tomorrow trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux (3pm).

The West Yorkshire referee has been in charge of 8 games so far this season, all in the Premier League, and issued 26 yellow cards and three reds in the process.

The last time he officiated a game involving the Clarets was the 1-0 defeat to West Ham United in May 2015.

Five players were booked on that occasion and Michael Duff was sent off after just 23 minutes – a decision that was later overturned.

Mr Moss will be assisted by Mr Simon Long, Mr Scott Oldham and Fourth Official Mr Mark Heywood.

Sean Dyche: “We all know the unpredictable nature of the Championship and I’ve said it 100 times. That’s not a light way of answering a question, you have to be ready all the time.

“Even during games, games can change quickly even more so in the Premier League having experienced it.

“We have to be aware of the opposition but inevitably we always focus on ourselves.”

Kenny Jackett: “They’re a very good side who are expected to be up there but for us it’s about getting our performance level right.

“The important thing is that we have energy and enthusiasm and put on a performance that gets the fans behind us.”

Burnley are 19/10 outsiders with Sky Bet for their trip to Wolves as they look to claim a fourth Sky Bet Championship victory in a row.
Wolves have been priced up as 7/5 favourites for the three points by Sky Bet and the draw is on offer at 23/10.
Burnley have won three of their last five matches on the road by one goal and Sky Bet offer 100/30 that the Clarets once again win by a one-goal margin at Molineux.

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