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Preview: Burnley v Rotherham United

19 February 2016

With a victory or a draw against this weekend’s opponents Rotherham United, the Clarets would equal their best unbeaten run of the season so far.

They head into the game against the Millers on the back of a 0-0 draw at Reading, which saw them go eight without defeat and they’re brimming with confidence after 14 goals in their last five league games before that.

Meanwhile, the visitors arrive with a fourth new manager of the season in Neil Warnock and they’ll be buoyed by the 0-0 draw against Play-Off hopefuls Birmingham City last weekend at the New York Stadium.

That was Warnock’s first game in the hot seat since being appointed until the end of the season and he has since bolstered his ranks with the additions of Jerome Thomas, Lloyd Doyley and Paddy Kenny.

Burnley: WLDWD

Rotherham United: LDLLD

Scottish international winger Chris Burke is vastly-experienced at Championship level and has moved to the New York Stadium from Nottingham Forest on loan.

The skillful 32-year-old, who won the Scottish Premier League with Rangers in 2005, scored 14 goals in the 2011/12 campaign for Birmingham City and played 61 of their 62 games as they competed in the Europa League.

He has previous against the Clarets having netted the winner for the Blues in a 2-1 win that year and will be relishing regular first-team action again with the Millers.

Rotherham United (G.Ward 75’) 1-2 Burnley (Gray 9’, Vokes 81’)

Burnley: Heaton, Mee, Keane, Duff, Darikwa, Arfield, Barton, Jones, Boyd (Taylor 75), Gray (C Long 88), Vokes.

Subs: Gilks, Ulvestad, Lowton, Kightly, Ward

Rotherham United: Camp, Buxton, Collins, Rawson (Broadfoot 77), Mattock; G Ward, Smallwood, Andreu (Maguire 71, Newell (D Ward 71); Clarke-Harris, Derbyshire.

Subs: Collin, Ledesma, White, Richardson

Referee: Peter Bankes

Attendance: 9,752 (1,595)

New signing Lloyd Dyer will not be involved this weekend as he is given time to settle into the group.

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.

Rotherham United will be without suspended defenders Joe Mattock and Richard Wood after they both saw red against Birmingham last weekend.

Jerome Thomas may well be involved after signing earlier this week but is more likely to be used as an impact substitute.

Lloyd Doyley and Paddy Kenny are also both available for selection after they signed deals earlier today.

Referee Tim Robinson will officiate the Sky Bet Championship clash with Rotherham United on Saturday.

The official from West Sussex has overseen 28 games so far this season, issuing 106 yellow cards and four red cards in the process.

He has never officiated a game involving the Clarets before.

Mr Robinson will be assisted by Helen Byrne, Gary Hilton and fourth official Carl Boyeson.

Sean Dyche: “This week it’s a different challenge and now they’ve got another new manager and a different feel comes into their group.

“We have to be aware of that and ready for that. We have to give another performance and that’s the key no matter who you play.

“It doesn’t guarantee the outcome but it gives you a strong chance and we’ve shown that over a season.

“Neil is a wily old fox and he’s always been very kind to me as a young manager so I’m respectful of him and I get on with him away from the pitch.”

Neil Warnock: “I think Burnley have a good side now and a lot of experience in midfield with the likes of Joey Barton. We know we're underdogs.

"It's great to be going to places like this and fighting it out with them. We have to try and dampen the spirits when we get there.”

Burnley are 8/15 favourites to overcome Rotherham United (11/2) in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Rotherham United have conceded the joint-most goals inside the opening 15 minutes in the Championship this season and the first goal to come between 1-10 minutes is priced at 3/1.

Andre Gray remains the division’s leading goalscorer and is 100/30 to open the scoring against the Millers.

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