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Preview: Burnley v Bolton Wanderers

16 October 2015

Burnley return after the international break looking for successive victories in the Sky Bet Championship.

A late Sam Vokes strike earned a 2-1 victory over Rotherham United last time out after Grant Ward had cancelled Andre Gray’s 8th minute opener out with a stunning strike.

The Clarets currently occupy sixth in the table and could potentially move into the top two with a victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Meanwhile, opponents Bolton Wanderers will be looking to climb out the bottom three with a result at Turf Moor.

The Trotters scored three times at QPR last time out on the road but still ended up on the losing side as they seek to find their away form.

Burnley: WWDLW

Bolton Wanderers: LDLWW

A product of Crewe Alexandra’s famous youth academy, forward Max Clayton joined Bolton in September 2014.

He had spent his entire career with the Railwaymen and the England youth international also helped fire them to League One.

There were a number of clubs in for his services and he appeared in a friendly for Barclays Premier League side Sunderland before opting to hone his burgeoning talent in the Sky Bet Championship.

He netted his first goal for the club against Wigan Athletic in front of the Sky cameras last season, before rupturing his interior cruciate ligament.

Having made two appearances so far this season, he will be hoping he can made an impact for Neil Lennon’s men this year.

Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Burnley (Vokes 58’)

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell(c), Duff, Kightly (Barnes 86), Marney, Arfield, Jones, Ings, Vokes

Subs: Cisak, Long, Edgar, Stanislas, Wallace, Lafferty

Bolton: Bogdan, Baptiste, Ream, Wheater, Mills, Medo (Davies 61), Trotter (Moritz 61, (Danns 72)), Spearing(c), Lee, Eagles, Jutkiewicz

Subs: Lonergan, Knight, White, Pratley

Referee: G.Salisbury

Attendance: 16,428 (2,787)

Sean Dyche says he has a fully-fit squad to choose from for tomorrow’s derby against Bolton Wanderers.

Although the game will come too soon for long-term absentees Dean Marney and Kevin Long.

In the opposition camp, Dean Moxey is a doubt with a toe injury but Francesco Pisano is fit after sustaining an injury against Queens Park Rangers before the international break.

Zach Clough is also ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Graham Scott will take charge of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match between the Clarets and Bolton Wanderers at Turf Moor (3pm kick-off).

The Oxfordshire official is yet to take charge of a fixture this season but officiated 43 games in the 2014/15 campaign, producing a total of 140 yellow cards and four reds.

The last Clarets fixture he took charge of was the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League, when he awarded a late penalty for a foul on Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Seven players were booked on that occasion; including Dean Marney, Ashley Barnes and Michael Kightly.

Mr Scott will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis, Matthew Wilkes and Fourth Official Sebastian Stockbridge.

Sean Dyche: “You have to be ready for the next game. We’ve made a marker of that and you can never take anyone for granted in this division.

“There is a lot of respect in these parts for each different club, even in the big derby down the road. There is still that underlying respect about that and what it stands for and for Bolton it’s no different.

“I like Neil (Lennon) as well, he’s a good guy and a really honest guy. I know he’s working hard with his players to try and improve things and make things better.”

Neil Lennon: “Going to Burnley is a difficult ask, but we scored three goals away from home last time out so we know we are capable.

“Burnley have come down from the same level as QPR last season, but we feel they may be a tougher nut to crack because they have been in good form.

“It’s good that we’re not having to travel too far. I’m looking for a reaction and that can hopefully set us up nicely for two upcoming home games.”

Burnley will be looking to boost their promotion bid with a derby victory over Lancashire rivals Bolton, who have managed to win just once this season.

The sixth-placed Clarets, who won 2-1 at Rotherham before the international break, are 17/20 favourites to pick up all three points while the Wanderers are 16/5, with the draw priced at 13/5.

Burnley lost their previous home game to Reading but apart from that, Sean Dyche’s side are in form at Turf Moor with three wins and a draw from their five games. Two of those victories have been by a single goal so you can back them to win by that margin again at 11/4.

Bolton did score three times in an agonising 4-3 defeat at QPR last time out but they only managed one goal in their other four away games. Burnley are 21/10 to win to nil on Saturday.

Andre Gray and Sam Vokes were both on target against Rotherham and the duo can both be backed at 9/2 to score first against Bolton and 13/8 to strike anytime.

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