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Preview: Charlton Athletic v Burnley

5 May 2016

Burnley head to The Valley looking for a win that would secure the Sky Bet Championship title.

Sam Vokes’ header in the 1-0 win over QPR saw them promoted back to the top-flight at the first attempt at Turf Moor.

A remarkable 22-game unbeaten run is still in tact and should they beat the Addicks it will be half a Championship season.

They come up against an already-relegated Charlton Athletic side who will be looking bow out of the season on a high after troubles on and off the pitch.

Johan Berg Gudmundsson scored for the second successive game in their 1-2 win over Leeds United last time out.

In the reverse fixture at Turf Moor, a Scott Arfield double and goals from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes secured a 4-0 win.

(Last five games in all competitions)

Charlton Athletic: LLDLW

Burnley: WWDWW

Academy graduate Jordan Cousins has been a bright light despite relegation to League One. The 22-year-old retained his Player of the Year award on Sunday evening, becoming the eighth man in the club history to retain his crown.

The midfielder has made 38 appearances for Jose Riga’s side and boasts an impress pass success percentage of 79.4% as well as picking up 2 goals and 1 assist.

Having grown up a Charlton fan, the Addicks will be hoping they can keep hold of one of their star men for a promotion tilt next season.

Burnley (Arfield 42’, 53’, Gray 55’, Vokes 78’) 4-0 Charlton Athletic

Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd (Taylor 82), Marney, Barton, Arfield (Kightly 82): Vokes, Gray (Hennings 80).

Subs: Gilks, Ward, Darikwa, Jones.

Charlton: Henderson; Solly, Bauer (Sarr 66), Lennon, Fox; Diarra (Bergdich 63), Cousins, Jackson, Fox; Makienok, Vaz Te (Ahearne-Grant 29).

Subs: Charles-Cook, Pope, Holmes-Dennis, Konsa.

Attendance: 15,697 (234 away)

Dean Marney remains the only injury doubt for the promoted Clarets, and although he trained on Thursday, his fitness will be assessed closer to the trip to the Valley.

Referee Roger East will take charge of the Clarets final Sky Bet Championship clash against Charlton Athletic on Saturday (12.30pm).

The Wiltshire official has refereed 36 games so far in the current campaign, issuing 104 yellow cards and 2 red cards in the process.

One of those fixtures was Burnley’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal in January. Just two players were booked that day; Laurent Koscielny and Scott Arfield.

Mr East will be assisted by Mr Derek Eaton, Mr Andrew Garratt and fourth official Gavin Ward at The Valley.

Sean Dyche: “We spoke about it as a group at the beginning of the season, again in November, January and March that our aim was not just promotion to win the league.

“We’ve got a great chance to do that now we’ve parked the first part of the job which is to get promoted and that is the massive part.

“We’ve earnt the right to be where we are. The lads have had a couple of down days, rightly so after all their efforts to get to where we’ve got to, and I reminded them this morning we want to go and win it now.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re about our business to get what we want.”

Jose Riga: "We know the quality of Burnley but we are part of the last suspense of the season and even though we already know our fate, it is a good thing.

“Hopefully we can compete and then it is about Burnley doing the right thing to get what certainly they deserve already.

“But I want to see my team at the best level of course.”

Burnley are the odds-on favourites at 4/9 with the Football League sponsors to win at Charlton Athletic, which would secure the title.
The already-relegated hosts, who recorded a fine 2-1 win over Leeds last time out, are priced at 6/1 outsiders and the draw is priced up by Sky Bet at 100/30.
All of Burnley’s last four wins have come by one goal and you can back the Clarets at 5/2 with Sky Bet for a winning margin of one goal once again.

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