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Preview: Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday

11 September 2015

The 2015/16 Sky Bet Championship gets back underway following the international break as Burnley face Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor.

The Clarets return to action buoyed by victories over Brentford and Bristol City and will hope to build further momentum against the Owls.

Wednesday have endured a difficult start to the season under the stewardship of new manager Carlos Carvalhal.

An opening day victory against Bristol City was followed up with defeat at Ipswich, draws against Reading and Leeds, before a 1-3 defeat against Middlesbrough last time out.

Burnley: LDLWW

Sheffield Wednesday: LDDWL

Forestieri joined the Owls from Watford for an undisclosed free in August and is the man to keep an eye out for on Saturday.

The forward played a significant role in Watford’s promotion to the Premier League, having originally joined the Hornets from Udinese on a loan deal.

A former Italy U21 international, the diminutive 25-year-old is in line to make his debut at Turf Moor.

Burnley (Vokes 43’) 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Maguire 45’)

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Treacy (Barnes 82), Marney, Jones, Arfield, Ings, Vokes.

Subs: Cisak, Long, Stock, Kightly, Stanislas, Edgar.

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer, Onyewu, Loovens, Mattock, Lee, Semedo, Maguire (McCabe 90), Maghoma (Nuhiu 68), Wickham, Lavery (Helan 84)

Subs: Martinez, McPhail, Llera, Johnson

Attendance: 13,735 (1,848)

Sean Dyche confirmed Joey Barton will not be in contention for this weekend’s game against Sheffield Wednesday as he continues to build up his fitness.

The game also comes too soon for Dean Marney and Kevin Long who are both continuing rehabilitation after cruciate knee injuries.

However, summer signing Matt Lowton comes back into contention after missing all competitive action so far.

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.

Referee Stephen Martin will officiate Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor.

The Staffordshire official has overseen 6 games so far in the 2015/16 campaign, producing 17 yellows and one red card.

The last Clarets fixture he took charge of was the 1-2 away victory at Yeovil Town in January 2014, when goals from Danny Ings and Sam Vokes secured victory.

There was just one booking on that occasion, for Yeovil’s Joe Ralls.

Mr Martin will be assisted by Robert Jones, Jason Whiteley and Fourth Official Richard Wigglesworth.

Sean Dyche: “There has been a lot of remodelling done on the pitch and that takes time for a time to format and I think there’s more to come.

“Particularly on the fluid side on our play but the solid shape and energy of the team has been very good.

“It’s another opportunity but we know from this division that it’s tough home and away. You want your home form to be strong and historically we have been.

“In the time I’ve been here in the Championship we’ve been very productive at home and we look to do that again.”

Carlos Carvalhal: “Burnley are organised and have a good team, strong in the attack and we must be at 200% for this match.”

Burnley are even money to continue their climb up the Sky Bet Championship with victory over 3/1 shots Sheffield Wednesday. Wednesday won the last meeting between the sides 1-0 in the Capital One Cup - a 15/2 shot this time, while the Clarets to win by the same margin is 5/1.

The Clarets have won their last two matches against Brentford and Bristol City by a single goal margin and it's 11/4 they continue that trend. Andre Gray and Sam Vokes are both 11/2 to net the opener and 2/1 to score anytime.

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