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Preview: Burnley v QPR

30 April 2016

Burnley welcome the visit of QPR looking to make it 22 games unbeaten with a victory that take them closer to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

League leaders Middlesbrough are a point ahead of the Clarets after they drew 2-2 with Birmingham City in front of the Sky cameras.

If Brighton and Hove Albion drop points against Derby County before kick-off, three points would secure promotion ahead of the final weekend of the season.

Last time out, a Joey Barton free-kick earned all three points in the Lancashire derby against Preston North End.

In the reverse fixture against QPR, it was a 0-0 draw in what was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first game in charge at Loftus Road.

(Last five games in all competitions)

Burnley: DWWDW


Playmaker Massimo Luongo is an Australian international and joined the club in the summer in a joint deal with Ben Gladwin from Swindon Town.

The 23-year-old came through Tottenham Hotspur’s academy after leaving APIA Leichhardt Tigers in his homeland.

After impressing in two loan spells, he joined Swindon Town permanently and won a number of admirers for his attacking play, scoring 13 goals in 85 league appearances.

Former Head Coach Chris Ramsey brought him to Loftus Road after working with him at Tottenham and he could be a big part of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s plans in a transitional period.

QPR 0-0 Burnley

Burnley: Heaton, Mee, Duff, Keane, Darikwa, Boyd, Jones, Barton, Arfield, Gray, Vokes.

Subs: Gilks, Lowton, Marney, Kightly, Taylor, Hennings, Ward.

QPR: Green, Hall, Onuoha, Phillips, Fer, Konchesky, Faurlin, Henry (Emmanuel-Thomas 74), Hoilett (Austin 60), Perch, Sandro

Subs: Chery, Luongo, Smithies, Angella, Tozser

Referee: S Atwell

Attendance: 16,576 (1,590)

Dean Marney is Sean Dyche’s only injury worry heading into Monday’s televised clash against QPR. The midfielder is closing in on 200 Clarets apperances and was withdrawn at Deepdale with a hamstring problem.

Referee Jonathan Moss will take charge of our Sky Bet Championship clash against QPR at Turf Moor on Monday 2nd May (4.45pm).

The West Yorkshire official has refereed 30 games so far this season, issuing 91 yellow cards and 7 reds in the process.

Moss was in charge of the Clarets 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers back in November. Scott Arfield and Ben Mee were booked on that occasion, with Kevin McDonald and Sheyi Ojo booked for the hosts.

Mr Moss will be assisted by Mr. Andrew Halliday, Mr. Edward Smart and fourth official Mr. Geoff Eltringham.

Sean Dyche: “I think the whole club has handled the big occasions well this season.

“That comes down to the alignment throughout the whole club, probably since my first summer here, when we re-moulded the team.

“The fans have been absolutely glued to the team since then and that’s an important factor.

"It gives the team strength and allows them to play with freedom and we all want that to continue.”

“There is a clear focus here and we like that. There is a time to reflect on the highs of what’s gone, but that’s not now.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: “Burnley are a very, very good team. We have to be right but we want to challenge ourselves against these kind of teams. We want to look at Burnley as an example of where we want to be in the future.

“The atmosphere can only help our players. No matter who you are, every player wants to play at the highest level and in games with big atmospheres, and this is one of those games.

“You want to go into these games and express yourself, and be able to play good football under pressure.

Burnley are the odds-on favourites at 100/30 with the Football League sponsors to boost their Sky Bet Championship promotion charge with three points at home to QPR on Monday afternoon.
The visitors to Turf Moor are big outsiders at 10/1 to claim the three points and the draw is priced up by Sky Bet at 4/1.
All of Burnley’s last three wins have come by one goal and you can back the Clarets at 5/2 with Sky Bet for a winning margin of one goal once again.

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