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Preview: Burnley v Ipswich Town

1 January 2016



The Clarets go in search of a third successive victory at home to kick start their 2016 against an in-form Ipswich Town at Turf Moor.

Last time out, an Andre Gray hat-trick and a goal from Scott Arfield secured the points in a 4-0 victory against Bristol City to move five points clear of 7th placed Sheffield Wednesday.

Visitors Ipswich Town come to East Lancashire buoyed by five straight victories on the road. Daryl Murphy pounced on Lewis Dunk’s error for his first goal since November for a 1-0 victory at Brighton on Wednesday to leave them just one point behind the Clarets in 6th.

Their only defeat in December came at home to Derby County and under the stewardship of Mick McCarthy, they will be hoping to maintain a serious assault on the Play-Off places.



Burnley: DLWLW
Ipswich Town: WWLWW



Powerful Irishman Daryl Murphy will be hoping to hit the goal trail again after netting for the first time since November against Brighton.

The striker has 7 goals so far this season in 26 appearances, including an away day hat-trick at Rotherham and a brace at the Valley against Charlton.

He netted 27 times in the 2014/15 season and is likely to be a handful for the Clarets defence this weekend.



Ipswich Town (Sears 66’, McGoldrick 71’) 2-0 Burnley

Burnley: Heaton, Mee, Duff, Keane, Darikwa, Kightly, Jones (Taylor 77), Arfield, Boyd, Vokes (Jutkiewicz 66), Vossen (Hennings 59).

Subs: Gilks, Ward, Sordell, Anderson

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen, Skuse, Douglas, Fraser (McGoldrick 28), Maitland-Niles (Coke 84), Murphy 28 (Pitman 46), Sears

Subs: Gerken, Emmanuel, Tabb, Toure.

Ref: S Hooper

Att: 18,353 (470)



George Boyd (back) and Dean Marney (calf) both missed the Bristol City fixture through injury and a late decision will be made on their fitness.



Referee Peter Bankes will take charge of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Ipswich Town at Turf Moor.

The Merseyside based official has taken charge of 21 games so far this season, issuing 86 yellow cards and one red card in the process.

The last time he took charge of a game involving the Clarets was 2-1 victory over Rotherham United at the New York Stadium in October.

Four players were booked on that occasion; three for Rotherham and Chris Long for the Clarets.

Mr Bankes will be assisted by Mr Martin Coy, Mr Simon Clayton and fourth official Mr Darren England.



Sean Dyche: “It's a big challenge because they're a good side and I like Mick a lot. He's very honest, calls it how it is and his sides are always awkward to play against.

"But you could say that about virtually all of the Championship. We're looking forward to it, we're certainly enjoying our home form and how we're going about it and the fans are as well.”

Mick McCarthy: "It's tough to get a run of away wins and we've got Burnley on Saturday - a tough ask, but we'll see.

"It's not realistic for us to catch Middlesbrough and Derby and I don't think automatic promotion is realistic. But we will be trying like hell to catch them."



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