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PREVIEW: Wigan Athletic v Burnley

Clarets continue build-up against Championship opposition

27 July 2019

The Clarets face domestic opposition in pre-season for the final time on Saturday when they go to Championship outfit Wigan Athletic.

With two weeks to go to the start of the Premier League season, Burnley will follow up their trip to the DW Stadium with home games against Nice and Parma.

The game will be streamed live on Clarets Player to all premium subscribers. For more details, and to subscribe, CLICK HERE.  Please note: Day passes should only be ordered on the day of the game.

And after Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at League One side Fleetwood Town, boss Sean Dyche is looking to continue the upward curve against the Latics.

“That’s the idea,” said Dyche. “We are taking it up another notch. You think it might be tougher in the sense that they are in the Championship.

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“But we have worked the players hard again this week. We haven’t gone into that true game-thinking yet where it’s building up tactically with rest and getting ready to perform.

“We are still working on fitness levels, but after Wigan it will start easing down in terms of it being more tactical, more game-style and more game-preparation thinking.”

Dyche is hopeful Ben Mee may be able to play some part against a Wigan side managed by ex-Clarets’ midfielder Paul Cook after missing the last two games with a slight groin problem.

Defensive ally Ben Gibson was also kept out of the mid-week win at Fleetwood, along with Robbie Brady and Nick Pope, with an ankle injury which won't keep him sidelined for long.

Wigan, who are likely to include former Burnley defender Danny Fox, will be playing their final warm-up game ahead of their Championship opener at home to relegated Cardiff City on Saturday-week.

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Paul Cook played 169 games for Burnley in a four-year spell at Turf Moor

And Cook is expecting another proper work-out on the back of the Latics’ 0-0 draw at home to Everton on Wednesday night.

“Burnley will be another tough game. Sometimes I look back on arranging these games and think 'why have I done that?'. It seemed like a good idea in April and May," the Wigan boss told his club's website.

“Sean's got a very good side. He's done so well as a manager with Burnley.

“They're an outstanding, well-established Premier League team, so we need to rest, recover and hopefully put in a good performance; maybe a couple of goals as well, because that's what the fans want to see.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm and supporters can pay on the day:

Adults - £15.00

Over 65s - £15.00

Under 18s - £5.00

Under 12’s - £2.00

The game will be streamed live on Clarets Player to all premium subscribers. For more details, and to subscribe, CLICK HERE. 

Please note: Day passes should only be ordered on the day of the game.


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