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Preview: Burnley vs Wolves

18 March 2016

The Clarets will head into Saturday’s game against Wolves in top spot regardless of the outcome of Friday night’s fixture between Middlesbrough and Hull City.

Six successive wins and 14 games unbeaten has seen them tighten their grip on top spot in the promotion race, but there is plenty of work still to do.

Wolves arrive in 12th position and will be hoping for a strong end to the season.

Kenny Jackett’s men finished just outside the Play-Offs in 2014/15 on goal difference and lost the services of their top goalscorer Benik Afobe to Bournemouth in January of the current campaign.

Michal Zyro arrived from Legia Warsaw and Joe Mason signed from Cardiff City on deadline day to try and fill the goals void left by the England U21 marksman.

In their last outing they held out for a 0-0 draw against Birmingham City in the Midlands derby and will head to Turf Moor with no fear.

(Last five games in all competitions)

Burnley: WWWWW
Wolves: LWLWD

Poland international striker Michal Zyro arrived from Legia Warsaw in the January window on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Zyro came through the youth ranks at Warsaw and helped them to a Polish title and Polish Cup win in recent years.

He scored three times in his first three games for the Midlands club before picking up a calf injury.

Wolves 0-0 Burnley

Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee (Ward 78); Boyd (Taylor 75), Jones, Barton, Arfield; Vokes (Hennings 65), Gray

Subs: Gilks, Lowton, Kightly, K. Long

Wolves: Martinez (Ikeme 57); Iorfa, Batth, Williamson, Golbourne; Henry, McDonald, Edwards, Price, Ojo (Byrne 57); Afobe

Subs: Doherty, Wallace, Coady, Holt, Le Fondre

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Attendance: 20,684

Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ashley Barnes is in action for the Development Squad today against Aston Villa at Bodymoor Heath as he continues to build up to full fitness.

Lukas Jutkiewicz is edging closer to game time after his cruciate knee injury and Dean Marney got another 90 minutes in the week.

Chris Long will not be available for selection after suffering a hamstring injury in the week.

Frederick Graham will be in charge of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Turf Moor (3pm kick-off).

In the 2015/16 season, the Essex-based official has overseen 25 games, producing 100 yellow cards and one red card in the process.

The last Clarets game he officiated was a 1-0 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road back in April 2013.

Six players were booked on that occasion; Jason Shackell, Ben Mee, Dean Marney and Martin Paterson as well as two for the hosts.

Mr Graham will be assisted by Scott Oldham, Simeon Lucas and fourth official Mark Brown.

Sean Dyche: “Kenny has done a good job over a number of years there and I think everyone would certainly agree they’re a big enough club to be in the Championship if not the Premier League.

“I know the way he works and he won’t be letting the player’s season fizzle out for no reason.

“It’s another exciting challenge and it’s just even better because they’re coming up to Turf and we’ve had 3 out the last 4 away from home.

“Now we’ve got 3 out of the next 4 at Turf and we like that because of our fan base and the fans can play a really important part with that patience.

“It’s hard to get every game right and dominate every single game so they can play their part by staying with and believing in the lads.”

Kenny Jackett: “They’re a very good side, obviously the league table doesn’t lie,” said Jackett.

“They’ve come out of the Premier League, hit the ground running in the Championship and managed to maintain a terrific position which they are still in now.

“It’s big challenge and we want to test ourselves against the best, and against a side that are top of the league.

“We respect Burnley and we’ll be going up there to try and give them problems and continue to improve and build ourselves.”

Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley are the odds-on favourites at 4/7 with Football League sponsors Sky Bet for a seventh victory in a row when they host Wolves at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

Kenny Jackett’s visitors are big outsiders at 5/1 to claim the three points and the draw can be backed at 29/10.

Burnley have won three of their last four home games 1-0 and you can get 9/2 with Sky Bet for the Clarets to get the better of Wolves by that scoreline this weekend.

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