Sean Dyche’s in-form Clarets travel to fellow promotion-chasers Derby County buoyed by four straight wins in the Sky Bet Championship.
A 2-1 win against MK Dons at Turf Moor, courtesy of goals from Sam Vokes and George Boyd propelled Burnley up to 4th in the table.
The Clarets have amassed 14 points from their opening seven games and are likely to face a stern examination of their credentials from big-spending Derby County at the iPro stadium.
Paul Clement’s men got off to a slow start to the season having failed to win in the month of August, but successive victories over Preston North End and Reading away from home have shown signs that the summer signings are beginning to gel.
Derby County: DDLWW
Tom Ince joined the Rams permanently from Hull City in the summer on a four-year deal after an impressive loan spell last term.
He scored 11 times in 18 appearances during his temporary stay at the iPro in 2014/15 and was named as the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for April.
Burnley (Jones 29’, Marney 68’) 2-0 Derby County
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Duff, Marney, Jones, Kightly (Wallace 64), Arfield (Stanislas 87), Vokes, Ings (Barnes 80).
Subs: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Edgar.
Derby: Grant, Forsyth, Keogh, Hendrick, Martin, Russell (Sammon 46), Eustace (Bryson 72), Hughes, Buxton, Dawkins (Bamford 62), Wisdom.
Subs: Ward, Legzdins, Whitbread, Thorne
Attendance: 17,285 (2,853)
Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the iPro Stadium. Dean Marney and Kevin Long are still making good progress for their cruciate ligament injuries, while Joey Barton is in his third week
of a ‘personal pre-season’.
Fredrik Ulvestad is edging closer to being involved but the game against The Rams is likely to come too soon for the Norwegian.
Dean Whitestone will take charge of Monday night’s Sky Bet Championship trip to Derby County at iPro Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).
The Northamptonshire official has taken charge of 8 games in the 2015/16 season where he has produced a total of 26 yellow cards and two reds.
The last Burnley game he took charge of was a 0-1 home defeat against Middlesbrough in April 2014.
Two players were booked on that occasion, Daniel Ayala and Dean Whitehead for the visitors.
Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Mr W Grunnill and Mr P Hodskinson and Fourth Official Mr C Sarginson.
Sean Dyche: “Derby are a big club, and they’re re-moulding a side themselves and have spent a lot of money in doing so.
“But we believe heavily in what we do. We’ve always had that in-depth belief, so we don’t overthink the opposition.
“I’ve been really pleased with the players. We’ve found different ways of winning and that’s important at any level of football, but particularly in the Championship.”
Paul Clement: "Burnley are very organised and have had a good run of results in the last few weeks. We are expecting a very tough game"
"We are a team in transition from last season. There's been a lot of change and I think we will get better as the season unfolds"
Burnley are the 11/4 outsiders for victory in front of the Sky Sports cameras against Derby on Monday night. The Rams are the even-money favourites with home advantage and the draw can be backed at 12/5.
The Clarets are searching for a fifth Sky Bet Championship win on the spin and they’ve claimed three of their last four victories by a one-goal margin. Sky Bet make it 4/1 that Sean Dyche’s men win by one goal again.
Sky Bet also offer 7/2 for Burnley to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 in the firm’s Correct Score Group Betting.