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Preview: Burnley v Nottingham Forest

23 February 2016

A hard-fought 2-0 victory over Rotherham United saw the Clarets move into the top two and match their longest unbeaten run of the season (9).

Sam Vokes’ fifth goal in eight games and a late clincher from Scott Arfield secured all three points against Neil Warnock’s men.

The Clarets head into the game against Forest tonight looking for a fourth successive clean sheet after keeping an impressive six in their last nine games.

At the City Ground earlier in the season, Matt Taylor’s late strike rescued a point in a 1-1 draw, after Eric Lichaj had given the Midlands side a lead.

Forest will not be short of confidence themselves. They have not tasted defeat on the road since November against a Brentford side that included James Tarkowski.

They’re unbeaten in their last six away games, drawing four and registering impressive victories at Middlesbrough and Leeds United.

They come searching for their first victory at Turf Moor since 2003, when Andy Reid, Marlon Harewood and Gareth Taylor got the goals.

(Last five games in all competitions)

Burnley: LDWDW

Nottingham Forest: WDLWL

Portugal international forward Nelson Oliveira is our one to watch tonight for Nottingham Forest.

The 24-year-old is on a season-long loan from Benfica and has already struck eight times in 25 appearances, and endeared himself to the Reds faithful with a goal in the East Midlands derby against Derby County.

Oliveira has experienced both the English, Spanish and French top-flight during loan spells at Swansea, Deportivo La Coruna and Rennes.

He has represented Portugal 14 times and appeared at Euro 2012, as well as making Champions League appearances for Benfica.

Most recently, he netted the winner against Leeds United at Elland Road and could prove a handful.

Nottingham Forest (Lichaj 73’) 1-1 Burnley (Taylor 90’)

Burnley: Heaton, Mee, Duff, Keane, Darikwa (Lowton 84), Afrield, Jones (Kightly 84), Barton, Taylor, Vokes, Gray (Hennings 87).

Subs: Gilks, Ulvestad, Ward, C Long

Nottingham Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Wilson, Lansbury, Mendes (O’Grady 80), Oliviera (Grant 77), Ward, Vaughan, Hobbs, Pinillos, Walker (Blackstock 69).

Subs: Fox, Williams, Evtimov, Burke

Ref: S Atwell

Attendance: 17,721 (862 away)

Michael Keane will miss out after suffering a head injury against Rotherham United, which means James Tarkowski is in line for his full debut.

New signing Lloyd Dyer is continuing to settle into the group and will not be involved in the matchday squad.

Michael Duff and Dean Marney are likely to miss out with niggling injuries, while Matt Gilks remains out with an elbow injury.

Ashley Barnes is set to begin full training after nearly nine months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Nottingham Forest are set to name an unchanged squad from the defeat to Huddersfield Town. Britt Assombalonga (knee) and Henri Lansbury (ankle) are still sidelined and Andy Reid is also a long-term absentee.

Referee Andrew Madley will take charge of tomorrow night’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Nottingham Forest.

The West Yorkshire official has officiated 30 games so far this season, issuing 93 yellow cards and 3 red cards in the process.

The last Clarets game he refereed was our 4-0 home victory over Bristol City back in December 2015.

David Jones was the only player booked on that occasion, with Nathan Baker also going into the referee’s notebook for the visitors.

Mr Madley will be assisted by Mr J Hunt, Mr D Benton and fourth official Mr T Harrington.

Sean Dyche: “We're on a really strong run of good performances and good results. We're finding different ways to win games and to challenge in games I've been pleased with that because that's the art of the game.

“Forest have got some good players and they’re a side to be reckoned with. They’ve had a decent run and a poor result last week by those standards.

“We don’t take anyone for granted and whoever we come across we make sure we’re ready.”

Dougie Freedman: “The players are bitterly disappointed but we’ve learned from our failures. We all got it wrong but we’re looking forward to all getting it right against Burnley, which will be a very tough test.

“I’ve got to congratulate Burnley on their consistency – I think that’s something we’ve got to work on. I’m very proud to say we’re only one goal behind them defensively, but in attack they have bought big players for big money, and they have produced the goods for them.”

Promotion-chasing Burnley are odds-on 17/20 favourites to bag the three points against 16/5 Nottingham Forest in Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship clash. It’s 13/5 to end all-square.

Three of the last five clashes between this pair have ended 1-1, which can be backed at 11/5 in this one, while Burnley have kept clean sheets in their last three games. The Clarets are 15/8 to win to nil.

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