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Preview: Burnley v Hull City

6 February 2016

Burnley face fellow promotion contenders Hull City at Turf Moor hoping to extend their six-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Clarets gained 10 points and scored 12 goals in a free-flowing January, before drawing 1-1 away at in-form Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

Turf Moor has been particularly fruitful with Sean Dyche’s side scoring four goals in three of their last four home games.

Defensively, the Clarets conceded just two league goals in January and that framework could prove key against a side bang in-form themselves.

Hull City have registered six straight wins in all competitions and moved top of the Sky Bet Championship, which saw Steve Bruce recognised as the Manager of the Month for January.

Abel Hernandez also scooped the player award for his goalscoring exploits and with a squad that possess a vast array of Premier League quality, the Tigers will arrive in confident mood.

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Recently named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for January, Abel Hernandez has been in scintillating form of late.

The Uruguay international scored six goals in four appearances last month, including his first hat-trick on English soil in the 6-0 win over Charlton Athletic.

The Clarets will be all too aware of his quality after he netted in the reverse fixture in December and the former Palermo man could prove a handful for a defence that was only breached twice last month.

Hull City 3-0 Burnley

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Duff, Mee, Arfield (Kightly 69), Barton, Marney, Boyd (Taylor 76) Gray (Hennings 69), Vokes.

Subs: Gilks, Jones, Ward, Darikwa

Hull City: McGregor, Odubajo, Davies, Meyler, Hernandez (Snodgrass 84), Clucas, Maguire, Livermore, Diame (Huddlestone 84), Robertson, Elmohamady.

Subs: Jakupovic, Maloney, Akpom, Hayden, Diomande.

Ref: M Clattenburg

Att: 21,842 (2,422)

Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Hull City. Dean Marney is likely to remain out with a recurrence of a niggling calf injury that has kept him out recently, while Matt Gilks remains sidelined with an elbow injury he sustained in training.

New signing James Tarkowski is in contention to be in the squad but the gaffer says he will wait and see as he continues to settle into the group.

Long-term absentees Ashley Barnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz are both continuing their recoveries from cruciate ligament injuries.

For the visitors, Shaun Maloney is the only absentee from Steve Bruce’s squad, while new signing Dušan Kuciak won’t be involved and a late decision will be made on recent loan addition Nick Powell.

Referee Graham Scott will officiate the Clarets’ Sky Bet Championship fixture against Hull City on Saturday at Turf Moor.

The Oxfordshire official has overseen 12 games so far this season, issuing 50 yellow cards and 1 red card in the process.

He was the man in the middle earlier this season when the Clarets beat neighbours Bolton Wanderers 2-0, courtesy of an Andre Gray double.

Five players were booked on that occasion; Tendayi Darikwa and Joey Barton for Burnley and three for the visitors.

Mr Scott will be assisted by Mr. Daniel Cook, Mr. Michael McDonough and fourth official, Mr. Darren Bond.

Sean Dyche: “I think they all have the feel of a big game around this time as we're going into that run down of the season.

“When you're playing teams around you at the top, there is always that feeling but at the end of the season it doesn't count for anything other than how many points you've got.

“Nobody cares about who you've beaten along the way and our job is to get as many wins on the table. Added on to that of course, beating the teams around you is very helpful and we know that.”

Steve Bruce: “Burnley are a good team in a rich vein of form and, historically, this club has never found it easy going to Turf Moor. We know how difficult it’s going to be and, apparently, it’s going to be a horrible afternoon weather-wise in terms of wind and rain. It’s going to be a very difficult game but that is what the Championship is. It’s a wonderful opportunity for ourselves to widen the gap if we can.”

Burnley are the slight 13/8 favourites with Sky Bet for victory at home to fellow Sky Bet Championship promotion contenders Hull on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers have been priced up at 7/4 to return to the KC Stadium with the three points and the draw is on offer at 11/5.

Burnley have scored four goals in three of their last four home games and Sky Bet offer a massive 80/1 for the Clarets to win 4-0 and 18/1 is the price for Sean Dyche’s side to win by three or more goals.

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