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Preview: Burnley v MK Dons

15 September 2015



The Clarets head into the clash with newly-promoted MK Dons looking for a fourth straight victory in the Sky Bet Championship.

Goals from David Jones, Matt Taylor and a club-first for Andre Gray secured a 3-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

MK Dons have experienced a mixed start to their maiden Championship campaign.

Karl Robinson’s men recorded victory on the opening day against Rotherham United, winning 1-4 at the New York Stadium, and their second victory of the campaign came against Bolton Wanderers.

However, they travel to Turf Moor looking to bounce back from defeats to Birmingham City and Middlesbrough in their last two outings.



Burnley: DLWWW

MK Dons: WDWLL





Son of former Chelsea midfielder Gus, Diego Poyet is on a season-long loan at stadium:mk from West Ham United.

The cultured 20-year-old midfielder impressed in Burnley’s 2013/14 promotion season at Charlton Athletic and has become renowned for his passing ability and insatiable work-rate.

His form in that campaign saw him named as the Addicks’ Player of the Year and he has also represented Uruguay at U20 level.



Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Amougou, Easton, Marney (McCann 59), Bartley, Wallace, Treacy, Rodriguez, Hines (Austin 59)

Subs: Stewart, MacDonald, Knowles, McCartan, Hewitt.

MK Dons: Martin, Chicksen, Lewington, Williams, Flanagan, Chadwick, Baldock, Potter (McNamee 59), D Powell, Ibehre, Bowditch (Collins 88)

Subs: Milton, S Powell, Gyasi, Doumbe, McLoughlin.

Attendance: 4,134



Sean Dyche reiterated that Joey Barton will not be involved against MK Dons as he builds up to fitness.

Dean Marney and Kevin Long are still recovering from cruciate ligament injuries, while Matt Lowton is again in contention after being named on the bench against Sheffield Wednesday.

Fredrik Ulvestad is also getting closer to a return to action after suffering a couple of minor setbacks on his way back from an ankle injury sustained against Bradford City.



Kevin Wright will take charge of tomorrow night’s Sky Bet Championship game between the Clarets and MK Dons at Turf Moor (7.45pm kick-off).

So far this season, the Cambridgeshire-based official has refereed 5 games where he has produced a total of 17 yellow cards and one red.

The last Burnley game he took charge of was a 0-0 home draw against Middlesbrough in February 2013.

Four players were booked on that occasion, Kevin Long and Dean Marney for the Clarets and Nicky Bailey and Josh McEachran for the visitors.

Mr Wright will be assisted by Mr K Evans, Mr R Wild and Fourth Official Mr M Brown.



Sean Dyche: “MK Dons will want to lay down a marker. They’ve had a tough couple of games in their last two games but they started off the season nice and bright.

“They want to come and produce but we’ve still got that mentality, that clear-minded focus that we have to perform.

“It’s our job to not only stop them but to deliver our performance in order to win.”

Karl Robinson: "Burnley are a very good side. In some ways them going to the Premier League last season is like us coming up to the Championship in terms of being the underdogs.

"They'll see it as an opportunity for another win and make it four on the spin but we're excited by the challenge."



Burnley are 5/6 with the League sponsor to secure a fourth successive Sky Bet Championship win on the bounce with MK Dons 100/30 and the draw available at 5/2.

The Clarets are now 7/2 to secure automatic promotion and 5/4 to grabs a top six finish with MK Dons now 9/2 to be relegated.

It will be only the third meeting between the sides with Burnley winning the last two 2-1, a 15/2 shot on Tuesday night. Andre Gray is 9/4 to net in a win for the hosts and 13/8 to net anytime.


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