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Preview: Burnley v Derby County

25 January 2016

Fourth meet third when the Clarets entertain Derby County on Monday night in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Just one point separates the sides, and Burnley go into the game on the back of three straight away wins in the space of a week, including comprehensive 5-0 and 3-1 victories over MK Dons and Brentford respectively.

Visitors Derby will be looking for a reaction after their 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham City last weekend at the iPro Stadium.

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, also shown live, the Clarets stood firm to extend their unbeaten run against the Rams to 11 games.

Burnley: WDWWW
Derby County: DLWDL

Tom Ince joined the Rams permanently from Hull City in the summer on a four-year deal after an impressive loan spell last term.

He has continued to make a mark at this level, with eight goals in 25 appearances so far in the 2015/16 season.

In December alone, he found the net on five occasions in six appearances, including a first-ever career hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Bristol City.

That saw him nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month and with three assists to boot, he is likely to pose a threat.

Derby County 0-0 Burnley

Burnley: Heaton, Mee, Keane, Duff, Darikwa, Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Kightly (Taylor 81), Gray (Hennings 30), Vokes.

Subs: Gilks, Lowton, Barton, Ward, Long

Derby County: Carson, Christie, Forsyth, Keogh, Shackell, Thorne (Hanson 82), Butterfield (Hendrick 75), Johnson, Martin, Russell, Weimann.

Subs: Grant, Bent, Pearce, Shotton. Warnock

Referee: D Whitestone

Attendance: 26,834 (592)

Dean Marney will be welcomed back after missing the last five games with a niggling calf injury. He has come through a good few days training and is likely to be available for selection.

Matt Gilks missed the game against Brentford after sustaining an elbow injury in training and he is now out for several weeks.

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

Referee Michael Oliver will officiate Monday's Sky Bet Championship clash against Derby County at Turf Moor.

Oliver became the youngest Premier League referee in Premier League history aged 25 when he took charge of Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers in 2010.

The Select Group official has taken charge of 18 games so far this season, including two Europa League ties, issuing 64 yellow cards and 5 red cards.

Last season, he officiated the Clarets’ 0-0 home draw with Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League at Turf Moor.

Three players were booked on that occasion, George Boyd for the Clarets and two for the visitors.

Mr Oliver will be assisted by Mr Darren Cann, Mr Scott Ledger and fourth official Tony Harrington.

Sean Dyche: “We’ve been really pleased with the group because there have been big demands on them because the Championship is never easy but also in terms of the mileage we’ve put in on the road.

“The mentality towards the games, when everyone talks about the thick and fast nature, to put that on the football pitch and deliver has been great.

“It's fair to say when you look at the stats and you crunch it all down it's more difficult going away to teams making good of it at their grounds.

"They have to come and perform at Turf Moor so let's see what we can do. We've made it a strong place over a number of years and the challenge changes for them.

"The obvious challenge, home or away is to win football matches and that's the main focus."

Paul Clement: "It's tight at the top. I have full confidence in the players we can get a result on Monday against a good Burnley team"

"I feel that I have seen a reaction from the players to the defeat last weekend. They have worked well on the training ground"

"We got a result at Hull City when they were at the top. That's a reminder of what we are capable of. It's a good game for us"

Burnley will continue their push for promotion at Turf Moor against Derby on Monday and the hosts can be backed at 6/4 with Sky Bet.

The Clarets have won three matches on the bounce now, scored over two goals on each occasion and are 15/8 to score a brace or more on this occasion.

Derby have drawn two and lost two of their last four starts in the Championship and can be backed at 19/10 for three points with Sky Bet. The stalemate is 11/5 – their two draws were 1-1 and 2-2 and a repeat of either of those scorelines has been priced up at 9/2 and 16/1 respectively.

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