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Preview: Fulham v Burnley

8 March 2016

Burnley travel to Craven Cottage looking for their first away victory over Fulham since 1980.

The Clarets’ 1-0 victory in the East Lancashire derby against Blackburn Rovers saw them regain top spot in the Sky Bet Championship and register a ninth victory in 12 unbeaten games.

Fulham go into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw against Reading at the Madejski Stadium. They sit 19th in the league, just five points clear of the relegation zone.

The Whites are the second highest scoring side in the Championship this season (53), while the Clarets lead the way with 54.

(Last five games in all competitions)

Fulham: LWDLD

Burnley: DWWWW

Ross McCormack is widely regarded as one of the Championship’s most prolific marksmen. The Scot has 19 goals in all competitions so far this season, with 17 of those coming in the league as well as 7 assists.

His last goal came from the penalty spot against Reading on Saturday and earlier in the season, he struck Fulham’s goal in our 3-1 victory at Turf Moor.

Burnley (Gray 18’,37’, Taylor 92’) 3-1 Fulham (McCormack 51’)

Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd (Taylor 75), Barton, Jones, Arfield; Vokes, Gray (Long 86)

Subs: Gilks, Ward, Ulvestad, Lowton, Hennings

Fulham: Lewis; Ream (Kacaniklic 59), Burn, Stearmna; Fredericks (Christensen 78), O’Hara (Smith 78), Cairney, Tunnicliffe, Husband; Dembele, McCormack.

Subs: Rodak, Garbutt, Woodrow, Pringle.

Referee: Mr. A.Madley

Attendance: 15,080 (271 away)

Dean Marney will return to the matchday squad after time out with a calf injury. The experienced midfielder has trained well over the past week.

Elsewhere, David Jones is rated as touch and go with a niggly Achilles injury sustained in the 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Lloyd Dyer will travel with the squad and could make the final 18 for the first-team after building up his fitness and settling into the group’s way of working.

Dean Whitestone will take charge of Tuesday’s Sky Bet Championship trip to Craven Cottage.

The Northamptonshire official has officiated 31 games so far this season, issuing 96 yellow cards and 3 red card in the process.

The last game he took charge of involving the Clarets was the 0-0 draw against Derby County back in September at the iPro Stadium.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Mr. Alan Dale, Mr. Darren Blunden and fourth official Mr. Iain Williamson.

Sean Dyche: “We’ve found different ways to win games and we had a spell of scoring goals freely and playing some fantastic football.

“Brentford on Sky people were talking about the quality of the football and Nottingham Forest was fantastic.

“The last two we’ve had to work very, very hard in two tough games, local derbies as well, to come out on top.

“If you’re on a good run of form it doesn’t guarantee the next one so it goes back to getting each game as it comes right, then all the other things come.

“That’s why I talk about it a lot and because that’s the next key thing and for us that’s Fulham.”

Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley are the 11/8 favourites with the Football League sponsors to make it five victories in a row when they travel south to Fulham on Tuesday evening.
The Cottagers are 2/1 outsiders despite home advantage and the draw can be found at 23/10 with Sky Bet.
All of Burnley’s last three wins have come by just the one goal and you can get 3/1 with Sky Bet for the Clarets to claim victory by a one-goal winning margin once again in this clash.

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