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Preview: Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley

2 February 2016

Burnley return to Sky Bet Championship action as they travel to another in-form side in Sheffield Wednesday tonight.

The Clarets were knocked out the Emirates FA Cup at Arsenal despite a battling display that is likely to give them confidence going into a big week.

Sam Vokes’ powerful header levelled the score at 1-1, before Alexis Sanchez’ second-half strike ended hopes of progression.

They head to Hillsborough looking for a fourth straight league win after victories over MK Dons, Brentford and most recently Derby County.

Wednesday were also undefeated in the league in January, clocking up three straight league wins and an away draw at Reading last time out.

The Owls were also in Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round action at the weekend and were knocked out by League One side Shrewsbury Town.

Shrewsbury twice came from behind, before Jack Grimmer grabbed the winner in the seventh minute of added time.

Carlos Carvahal’s men have the added incentive to climb back into the Play-Off positions after Birmingham City’s draw at Bristol City saw them move into the top six.

Sheffield Wednesday: WWWDL
Burnley: WWWWL

Gary Hooper joined the Owls on a permanent deal in the January transfer window, signing a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 27-year-old forward initially joined on loan in October 2015 and after opening his account against MK Dons in December, he went on to net six times in as many games.

Hooper attracted attention from a number of clubs after hitting 50 goals in 88 starts for Scunthorpe United, before opting to move to Scotland and join Celtic.

There, he appeared in the Champions League and netted 63 times in 90 league starts prompting Norwich City to swoop for his services.

He scored 18 times for the Canaries on their way to Play-Off glory last season and he will be hoping to help Wednesday achieve the same.

Burnley (Jones 7’, Taylor 78’, Gray 90’) 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Nuhiu 20’)

Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Kightly (Taylor 62); Vokes (Hennings 76), Gray (Long 90).

Subs: Gilks, Ward, Lowton, Anderson.

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith; Palmer, Lees, Loovens, Pudil; Lee, Hutchinson, Wallace (Matias 75), Bannan; Forestieri, Nuhiu.

Subs: Price, Turner, Semedo, Helan, Joao, Lopez

Attendance: 17,277 (2,417 away)

Dean Marney is touch and go 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.

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

Referee Andy Woolmer will officiate tonight’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The Northamptonshire official has taken charge of 22 games in the current campaign, issuing 66 yellow cards and 1 red card in the process.

The last time he took charge of a game involving the Clarets was in April 2012 in a 1-1 draw with Coventry City.

Three players were booked on that occasion; Dean Marney for Burnley and two for the visitors.

Mr Woolmer will be assisted by Mr Joe Hull, Mr Matthew Parry and fourth official Ross Joyce.

Sean Dyche: “Sheffield Wednesday are trying to bring players in and have brought in some very good players during the window.

“They are financially strong but you get out on the pitch and its eleven vs eleven and we have made a good show of ourselves in general this season away from home but particularly lately when we are taking these games on.

“It is down to us performing in the same manner.”

Carlos Carvahal: “To win against Burnley we must be 100% and need our fans to push the team to the end.

“This will be our toughest game of the season. This is a day where the fans can help us, we need their help and energy.

“Burnley away earlier in the season was the first game of a new era. We're better in this moment. It will be an interesting game"

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