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Preview: Burnley v Huddersfield Town

30 October 2015

Burnley return to action at Turf Moor after a positive week on the road. A 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest was followed up with a derby day victory over Blackburn Rovers, courtesy of Scott Arfield’s strike.

A positive result against Huddersfield Town could see the Clarets move into the top two in the Sky Bet Championship and continue a fruitful October where they have won three and drawn one.

In the opposition camp, Huddersfield Town have experienced a mixed start to the season. 

They narrowly lost out to promotion favourites Derby County at the John Smith’s Stadium last weekend, when a stunning strike from George Thorne secured a 2-1 win for the Rams.

Burnley: LWWDW

Huddersfield Town: DLDWL

Having burst on to the scene at Bradford City, when he scored 26 goals in 54 appearances in his breakthrough campaign during the 2012/13 season and helped the Bantams to a League Cup final, Huddersfield swooped for Wells services in January 2014.

The pacey forward joined for a club-record fee and netted 14 times in his first season in the Sky Bet Championship.

He has scored three times so far in this campaign and is likely to provide a threat at Turf Moor.

Burnley (Ings 6’ 41’, Trippier 79’) 3-2 Huddersfield Town (Paterson 20’, 89’)

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee (Lafferty 71), Arfield, Jones, Marney (Stock 84), Treacy (Stanislas 84), Vokes, Ings.

Subs: Cisak, Edgar, Kightly, Long

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hogg (Holmes 54), Hammill (Scannell 85), Ward, Clayton, Dixon, Norwood, Wallace, Smith, Paterson. Lynch (Gerrard 25).

Subs: Bennett, Woods, Gobern, Stead, Gerrard.

Ref: D Coote

Attendance: 14,105 (1,902)

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

Long-term absentees Dean Marney and Kevin Long are continuing their recoveries. Both players played the full 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Rochdale in the week.

For the visitors, they will be without the services of winger Sean Scannell (hamstring) and Jonathan Hogg (thigh) and James Vaughan will serve the last of his three-match ban after a red card against Ipswich Town.

Oliver Langford will take charge of Saturday’s home Sky Bet Championship fixture against Huddersfield Town.

The West Midlands official has officiated 13 games in the 2015/16 season so far, producing 31 yellow cards in the process and no reds. 

The last Burnley game he took charge of was at The Valley, where the Clarets beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 courtesy of goals from Ashley Barnes, Sam Vokes and Michael Kightly – no players were booked on that occasion.

Mr Langford will be assisted by Mr Billy Khatib, Mr Danny Markham and Fourth Official Mark Brown.

Sean Dyche: “We’ve worked very hard to get to where we’ve got to but the work doesn’t stop, there are now guarantees and it doesn’t owe you anything because you’ve been winning games.

“We’ve got a good focus on that and I say it a lot but we’ll be ready. The next game comes round and we make sure they’re mentally ready.

“Physically they’re in great shape everyone knows that and the framework of the team is good. The technical quality comes to the fore whenever is needed and even in a game where we were quieter last week, 
Scott Arfield found that technical quality to win it.

“We need to find different ways of winning because every week is different and every week is a big challenge in the Championship.” 

Chris Powell: “They’ve spent good money on players like Andre Gray and they’ve got aspirations of going straight back up.”

“We’ll have five or six under 21s in the squad tomorrow. They’re very new to the experience of going out there and being under pressure.”

Burnley are 5/6 favourites with Sky Bet to follow up their win over Blackburn Rovers last weekend. The visitors are 7/2 for the victory and the draw is priced at 12/5.

Scott Arfield netted the winner at Ewood Park and is 10/1 to be the first goalscorer against his former employers and 7/2 to score at anytime in the 90 minutes.

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