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Preview: Burnley v Leeds United

8 April 2016

Burnley remain top of the Sky Bet Championship with six games to go after a 0-0 draw against Play-Off chasing Cardiff City on Tuesday night.

That extended the Clarets unbeaten run to 17 and broke a 34-year record in the process ahead of the televised clash with Leeds United.

Steve Evan’s side were denied victory by a late Tjaronn Chery penalty in their 1-1 draw against QPR this week and sit 15th in the table.

In the reverse fixture at Elland Road on the opening day of the season, Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for March Sam Vokes headed home an equaliser after Mirco Antenucci had given the Whites the lead.

(Last five games in all competitions)

Burnley: WWDDD

Leeds United: WWLLD

19-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook is our one to watch when Leeds United visit Turf Moor in Saturday’s televised clash.

The England U19 international has been a bright spark having made his breakthrough at the start of the 2014/15 season and went on to win the Football League Championship Apprentice of the Year as well as the
club’s Young Player of the Year award.

One of the top prospects outside the top flight, he was subject to speculation about his future in January and manager Steve Evans confirmed that bids had been rejected.

In February, he further enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a stunning long range strike against Fulham.

Leeds United (Antenucci 83') 1-1 Burnley (Vokes 86')

Burnley: Heaton, Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee, Kightly (Taylor 89), Jones, Arfield, Boyd, Vossen (Sordell 70), Jutkiewicz (Vokes 70)

Subs: Ward, Dummigan, Anderson, Gilks

Leeds: Silvestri, Byram, Bamba, Bellusci, Wood, Mowatt (Doukara 89), Dallas, (Antenucci 70) Taylor, Cook (Wootton 89), Adeyemi, Berardi.

Subs: Cooper, Erwin, Turnbull, Phillips

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 27,672

Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Roses clash with Leeds United.

Lukas Jutkiewicz will step us his return with 45 minutes for the Development Squad against Liverpool today at Melwood.

Chris Long is also back on the grass with the physios after suffering a hamstring injury.

Steve Evans has stated that Sol Bamba was not feeling 100% on Tuesday but trained on Thursday and will be in contention for the game.

Marco Silvestri is returning from suspension and after Bailey Peacock-Farrell made his debut against QPR so a decision will be made on his goalkeepers.

Referee Lee Mason will officiate the Sky Bet Championship clash against Leeds United on Saturday (12.30pm).

The official from Lancashire has been in charge of 26 games in the current campaign, issuing 74 yellow cards and 3 reds in the process.

The last time he was involved in a Burnley fixture, the Clarets lost 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield in March 2015. Only Ben Mee was booked on that occasion.

Mr Mason will be assisted by Mr. Andrew Halliday, Mr. Matthew Wilkes and fourth official Mr. Mark Haywood.

Sean Dyche: “They're got some very good players and they're looking for the ultimate mix to bring that consistency.

"We don't take anyone lightly. I know I say that a lot and I don't apologise for it because we prepare for everyone as serious as whether they're top, middle or bottom.

"We respect everyone until that whistle blows and then the respect goes out the window and we go to win a game of course.”

Steve Evans: “I think they will be in the Premier League at the end of the season.

“They have six matches to go and Sean will target every home win - every three points are huge.

“They got a draw in midweek and got some criticism… I wish I was getting some criticism sitting in Sean Dyche’s place.

“He has done a marvellous job - he has stuck by his main core group and it’s no surprise to me that they’re top of the league.”

Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley are 8/15 favourites to maintain their position at the summit by beating Leeds at Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime. The visitors are 11/2 to spring a surprise and 3/1 to earn a draw.

Only Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor has scored more goals in the top four tiers of English football than Andre Gray (23) this season and the Burnley striker is 3/1 to net first in this clash and the same price to bag a brace. He’s 14/1 for a hat-trick.

There hasn’t been a draw between these sides at Turf Moor in the last 10 meetings but they drew 1-1 at Elland Road on the opening day of the season. A repeat score line can be backed at 6/1.

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