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Preview: Burnley v Blackburn Rovers

4 March 2016

Burnley head into the East Lancashire derby looking to record a double over their rivals for the first time since 1978/79 season, with a fourth straight league win at Turf Moor.

Andre Gray’s brace against Bolton Wanderers sealed a superb fightback, after Liam Feeney’s goal had seen them fall behind with 20 minutes to go.

That sent the Clarets top of the table and they will look to continue a fine run of form against Paul Lambert’s side.

Blackburn arrive on the back of an impressive 2-1 home victory over Middlesbrough, courtesy of goals from Hope Akpan and Danny Graham.

Rovers have won their last two Sky Bet Championship fixtures as they look to finish with a flourish under Lambert’s stewardship and will be keen to end a spell of six years without a victory over the Clarets.

(Last five games in all competitions)

Burnley: WDWWW

Blackburn Rovers: WLLWW

Cultured midfielder Jordi Gomez is our one to watch in tomorrow’s East Lancashire derby. The Spaniard who is currently on loan from Sunderland has made 6 appearances for Blackburn so far, scoring three goals in the process.

Gomez boasts an impressive 82.5% pass success rate so far this season across appearances for both Sunderland and Rovers and could be key in midfield.

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Burnley (Arfield)

Burnley: Heaton, Mee, Duff, Keane, Darikwa, Arfield, Barton, Jones, Boyd, Vokes, Gray (C Long 85).

Subs: Gilks, Lowton, Kightly, M Taylor, Hennings, Ward

Blackburn: Steele, Hanley, Delfouneso (C Taylor 79) Marshall, Rhodes, Olsson, Lawrence, Akpan, Duffy, Evans, Corry.

Subs: Henley, Spurr, Kilgallon, Williamson, O'Sullivan, Raya

Ref: K Stroud

Att: 19,897 (4,723)

Michael Keane will be back in the matchday squad after recovering from the head injury sustained against Rotherham United.

Lloyd Dyer is closing in on full fitness after being given time to settle into the group by manager Sean Dyche.

Michael Duff (knee) and Dean Marney (calf) are both touch and go after coming through a Development Squad game against Preston in the week.

Marney played 60 minutes, while Duff completed the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory.

Ashley Barnes also played his first minutes since May in that fixture, completing 45 minutes as he begins to slowly build-up to first-team action.

Select Group official Mike Jones will take charge of Saturday’s East Lancashire derby against Blackburn Rovers.

The Chester official has officiated 28 games so far this season, issuing 98 yellow cards and 1 red card in the process.

The last game he took charge of involving the Clarets was the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League, with Danny Ings on the scoresheet.

Three players were booked on that occasion; Ron Vlaar for the hosts and Scott Arfield and Fredrik Ulvestad for Burnley.

Mr Jones will be assisted by Mr Andrew Garratt, Mr Andrew Halliday and fourth official Scott Duncan.

Sean Dyche: “"It was made clear to me when I first joined that this is the main derby and behind that the outcome that we want is to win a game.

"I'm pleased with that (the recent record against Blackburn) but beyond that there is still that feeling, which I mention a lot, of the past not owing you anything.

"It doesn't guarantee the next one whether that is a weekly event of results, a good run or a not so good run of results. The focus is when the whistle blows.

"We've made a good show of the fact we can really deliver for whatever the game needs."

Paul Lambert: “It is a derby game, it doesn't matter if you at the top of the league, the middle of the league or at the bottom, form definitely goes out of the window, it is who can keep their head.

"You don't play the occasion, you play the game. If you play the occasion then it can become pretty difficult. So it is just about keeping your head.

"I know it is an old cliche, but it is three points. We are playing really well at this minute. We'll go there and we'll definitely try to win.

"It is their home game but I know that we are playing really well at the moment and I know that we can hurt them.”

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