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Preview: Huddersfield Town v Burnley

12 March 2016

Burnley make the short trip to Huddersfield Town looking to record their six consecutive win in the Sky Bet Championship.

Victory over Fulham on Tuesday extended an impressive unbeaten run to 13 games and saw Sean Dyche’s men move four points clear in top spot, albeit with the chasing pack having games in hand.

Sam Vokes’ double and a winner from Andre Gray secured a 3-2 victory in the capital, after the Clarets had trailed 2-1 at the break.

Huddersfield Town, who sit 18th in the Sky Bet Championship, will head into the game buoyed by a 3-1 home victory over Reading on Tuesday.

But with Rotherham's victory over Middlesbrough, they remain just seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Nahki Wells netted his 15th goal of the season in all competitions, before Jamie Paterson and a first professional goal for Flo Bojaj secured a welcome victory for Head Coach David Wagner.

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Bermudian international striker Nahki Wells returned to the goal trail on Tuesday against Reading.

The Terriers £1.3m record signing has now hit 15 goals for the season in all competitions and the 25-year-old is highly regarded as one of the Championship’s most dangerous forwards.

Wells made it clear in January that he was pushing to take his total for the 2015/16 campaign to 20-plus goals and if Huddersfield end the season with a flourish, he is likely to have played a key part.

Burnley (Gray 12’ 42’) 2-1 Huddersfield Town (Duff og 88’)

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

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

Huddersfield Town: Steer; Whitehead (Bojaj 89), Hudson, Lynch; Cranie, Huws, Paterson, Bunn, Carayol (Dempsey 72); Miller (Wells 59)

Subs: Murphy, Holmes, Billing, Boyle

Referee: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 16,749 (1,309 away)

Sean Dyche has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Huddersfield Town.

David Jones missed Tuesday’s game against Fulham with a niggling Achilles injury but that has settled well and he could be involved.

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

Ashley Barnes is continuing on his games programme as part of his rehabilitation after a long-term knee injury and Lukas Jutkiewicz is edging closer.

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner is hoping to be boosted by the return of several players.

Philip Billing will be available again after serving a three match suspension and The Terriers are hopeful that Joel Lynch (hamstring), Emyr Huws (ankle), Karim Matmour (illness) and Joe Murphy (shoulder) might be back.

Scott Duncan will take charge of Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Northumberland official has officiated 28 games so far this season, issuing 72 yellow cards and 2 red cards in the process.

The last game he took charge of involving the Clarets was the 2-0 win over Yeovil Town at Turf Moor back in August 2013.

Mr Duncan will be assisted by Mr. Simon Barrow, Mr. Andrew Miller and fourth official Mr. Shaun Hudson.

Sean Dyche: “Everyone is a dangerous opposition, no matter what the circumstances or their position. The last one doesn’t owe you the next one.

“I say it all the time because I mean it and we take every game seriously. The biggest show of that were Bolton as they were having a tough time on and off the pitch and yet against us they were very good.

“We didn’t take them for granted and we certainly won’t take Huddersfield for granted or anyone else for that matter."

The Clarets will be out to make it six wins in a row and are 7/5 with Sky Bet to beat Huddersfield in Yorkshire. Their run of form has seen them surge clear at the top of the table and they are now 11/8 to win the title for Sean Dyche.

The Terriers returned to form in midweek with a 3-1 victory over Reading and they are 9/5 to follow-up with the draw 9/4. Burnley won the reverse fixture 2-1 earlier in the season and the same outcome is a 17/2 chance at Sky Bet.

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