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Preview: Blackburn Rovers v Burnley

23 October 2015

The Clarets make the short trip to Blackburn Rovers looking to build on an away point at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Matt Taylor’s late strike cancelled out Eric Lichaj’s opener at The City Ground to keep Burnley in 5th position in the Sky Bet Championship.

Only Brighton and Birmingham have registered more wins than the Clarets this season and they head into the game look for successive derby wins at Ewood Park in the 102nd competitive meeting between the two sides. 

Blackburn Rovers have made their worst start to the season in the second tier since the 1990/1991 season when they picked up 11 points from the opening 12 games. 

However, Burnley face a side who haven’t conceded in a touch over 7 hours at Ewood Park. Their 0-0 draw against Derby County meant a fourth straight clean sheet and in Jordan Rhodes they always pose a threat at the opposite end.

Blackburn Rovers: WDWLD

Burnley: DLWWD

Jordan Rhodes joined Rovers for £8m from Huddersfield Town in 2012 and is one of the Sky Bet Championship’s most prolific marksmen.

Indeed, no player has scored more goals than the 25-year-old (82) in the Championship going back to Aug 2012.

The Clarets know all about the threat of Rhodes. He netted the opening goal in the 2-1 win at Ewood Park and also levelled in the 85th minute in the 1-1 reverse at Turf Moor.

Blackburn Rovers (Rhodes 24) 1-2 Burnley (Shackell 73, Ings 79)

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Marney, Jones, Arfield, Kightly (Wallace 67), Ings, Vokes (Barnes 67)

Subs not used: Cisak, Stanislas, Edgar, Treacy, Long

Blackburn: Robinson, Spurr, Hanley, Lowe, Dunn (Feeney 71), Rhodes, Varney (Gestede 81), Keane, Henley, Evans (Taylor 92), Conway

Subs not used: Kane, Eastwood, Olsson, Williamson

Referee: M. Dean

Attendance: 21,589

Sean Dyche will make a late decision on the fitness of winger George Boyd. He was expected to train today after suffering an ankle injury against Bolton Wanderers and missed the 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Long-term absentees Dean Marney and Kevin Long are continuing their recoveries. The former will restart his games programme next week, while Long played 90 minutes in the U21 win over Bradford City in the Final Third Development League Cup.

Keith Stroud will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s East Lancashire derby against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park (12.30pm kick-off).

The Hampshire official has been in charge of 12 games so far in the 2015/16 campaign, issuing 45 yellow cards and one red.

Last time he took charge of a game involving the Clarets, Burnley were promoted to the Barclays Premier League against Wigan Athletic at Turf Moor.

Six players were booked on that day, Ben Mee and Ashley Barnes and four for the visitors.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Mr G Hart, Mr S Hudson and Fourth Official Jeremy Simpson. 

Sean Dyche: “It’s slightly different for me now as I’ve experienced it a few times I’m pleased to say and had good results.

“I’ve got a better understanding of it but it’s still the people’s game. I don’t understand like those who are Burnley born and bred but I know what it means to everyone.

“Blackburn have been keeping clean sheets and they worked very hard to get a result against Derby. We have great respect for everyone in this division, but alongside that a great belief in what we do when that 
whistle blows.”

Gary Bowyer: “"Once the Derby game was out of the way then the talk at the training ground was about this Saturday's match and rightly so as it is one that everybody is really looking forward to." 

"I don't think the build-up is any different in a sense of how we prepare, we'll go through the same processes. 

“But the main thing is that it is the local derby and the atmosphere that takes place at these games. It is just completely different and one that you've really got to love and enjoy being involved in.”

Burnley are 9/5 with Sky Bet to win their East Lancashire derby at fierce rivals Blackburn Rovers in-front of the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday. The hosts are 6/4 for the victory and the draw 23/10.
Sky Bet have plenty of specials available for this live TV game, including Andre Gray to score, Burnley to win and both teams to score at 9/1.
Matthew Taylor – who rescued a late point for Burnley in a 1-1 midweek draw at Nottingham Forest – is 11/1 to get the first goal and 4/1 to score anytime.

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