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Preview: Brentford v Burnley

14 January 2016

The Clarets head into the televised game against Brentford searching for their third away victory on the spin in the space of a week.

An Emirates FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough was followed up by an emphatic 5-0 win at MK Dons on Tuesday, with five different scorers on target.

Sean Dyche’s side have netted 13 goals and kept four clean sheets in their last five Sky Bet Championship games and they can close the gap on the automatic promotions positions further with three points at Griffin Park.

Hosts Brentford have lost their last two Championship games against Birmingham and Middlesbrough, but will be buoyed by a good performance on Tuesday against the league leaders.

David Button’s unfortunate own goal saw them lose 1-0, but new manager Dean Smith saw encouraging signs from his 11th placed side and they are likely to be tough opponents.

Brentford: DWLLL
Burnley: LWDWW


Diminutive midfielder Alan Judge has been one of the standout performers in the Sky Bet Championship this term.

The 27-year-old, who has scored 10 goals in 23 games this season as well as contributing 7 assists, is said to be attracting interest from a number of clubs.

His fine form was rewarded with the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award for October and Dean Smith will be hoping to keep hold of his services to make a serious assault on the Play-Offs.

Burnley (Keane 26’) 1-0 Brentford

Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Kightly (Taylor 74); Hennings (Vokes 60), Jutkiewicz (Sordell 82).

Subs: Gilks, Ward, Vossen, Anderson.

Brentford: Button; Bidwell, Dean, Hofmann, McCormack (Udumaga 82), Kerschbaumer, Judge, Diagouraga, Vibe, Gogia Colin (58), Tarkowski.

Subs: Bonham, O'Connell, Barbet, Clarke, Senior.

Referee: D. Webb

Attendance: 14,928 (696)

Dean Marney is rated as touch and go for the trip to Brentford as he recovers from a niggling calf injury.

Michael Duff returned to the squad for the game against MK Dons on Tuesday and he is back in contention.

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

Chris Kavanagh will officiate tomorrow night’s televised Sky Bet Championship clash against Brentford at Griffin Park (7.45pm).

The Lancashire official has taken charge of 21 games so far this season, issuing 76 yellow cards and one red in the process.

The game against Brentford will be the first time he has been involved in a fixture with the Clarets.

Mr Kavanagh will be assisted by Mr Robert Massey-Ellis, Mr Daniel Robathan and fourth official Andy Woolmer.

Sean Dyche: “They've had a change of manager which usually brings a stimulus of sorts. They had a close affair against Middlesbrough and we've had a look at that game.

“They were on the front foot and tried very hard to get something from that and were probably a bit unlucky.

“It's another challenge, but we want them home and away and we're on a nice solid run with a lot of goals.”

Dean Smith: "Burnley are a strong team. They came out of the Premier League last season and they have a lot of quality players. They have the parachute payments from the Premier League and that helps in this league. It will be a challenge for us.

"We lost a very good player earlier in the season in Andre Gray and he is now the league’s top scorer. We know there is a challenge there. But where there is a challenge there is an opportunity and we are looking forward to that.

"The lads know about Andre and we know he is a really good player. We will have to be at our best to make sure he doesn’t score against us.

"Burnley have a strong chance of promotion, they are up amongst it. Middlesbrough look as if they are getting a march on other teams but Hull and Derby are there. It is a strong league and a strong top five."

Sky Bet have priced Burnley up as 19/10 outsiders for three points at Brentford live in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday night.
The Bees have been made 11/8 favourites for the win with home advantage and Sky Bet offer the draw at 23/10.
Andre Gray has netted five goals in his last five matches for Burnley and the striker can be backed as a Sky Bet Price Boost to score in a win for the Clarets at odds enhanced from 100/30 to 4/1.

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