It's Number 8, It's Bradford City!
The Clarets continue their hectic pre-season schedule today with a trip across the Pennines to face Bradford City at the Coral Windows Stadium otherwise known as Valley Parade.
This will be their eighth match of the Summer following their US Tour, Scottish Tour, traditional local derby at the Fraser-Eagle Stadium and last Monday night's trip to Glentoran in East Belfast for the special 125th Anniversary game.
Due to the pitch renovations at Turf Moor we have yet to play a friendly at home but we will get that honour on Saturday when we face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in our ninth and final pre-season friendly before the 2008-9 Season starts with an away trip to Hillsborough to play Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, 9th August.
Our pre-season schedule as well as being one of the most hectic in recent seasons has also been one of the most successful. We have only lost one game so far and that was a cobweb remover in our first game against Cary U-23 in the first match of the US Tour which seems agaes ago now!
Since then we have not lost a match, winning five of the other games and drawing one. We have been undefeated in four games, scoring twelve goals and only conceeding one, with clean sheets.
League Two side, Bradford City are the hosts for the second year running in tonight's friendly. Stuart McCall's side finished in 10th place last season. Last year under Steve Cotterill we drew 1-1 with the Bantams and Owen Coyle will be hoping to go one better tonight and continue the winning streak.
There can be few clues from the last line up against Glentoran concerning the starting eleven and sixteen tonight.
We were told for that game that the side had a number of injuries to the extent that Owen Coyle put himself on the bench on Monday night, coming on for the last 20 minutes and even scoring with the last kick of the match!
A number of the sqaud were missing including new signings, McDonald, Kalvenes and van der Schaaf and there was a new trialist 20 year old Aleksandrs Solovjovs,a Latvian Under 21 International left winger in the starting eleven
McCann, Elliott, Kay and Alex MacDonald were also missing
The Clarets lined up as follows:
Jensen, Jordan, Caldwell, Carlisle, Duff, Mahon, Gudjonsson, Jones, Solovjovs, Akinbiyi, Rodriguez.
Subs: Penny, Alexander, Blake, Paterson, Berisha, Coyle
We have to assume that the absentees were not suffering from serious injuries and were dropped as a precaution.
It is possible all could be considered for a run out tonight as Coyle begins to hone his starting eleven and sixteen for the start of the season but we await to hear the official announcements
We do know a few things however!
New signing, Chris Eagles who only signed yesterday from Manchester United will be sitting this game out due to presonal business. We can expect Chris to make his debut in the next friendly against Inverness Caledonian Thistle this Saturday.
Owen Coyle is still considering the new trialist, Solovjovs indicating he will feature again at some point in tonight's match.
Latest Team News:
According to the Official Site, Wade Elliott looks doubtful having picked up a niggly leg injury.
A host of players also have various knocks and bruises and face late fitness checks before Owen Coyle names his side to face the Bantams.
The players include Penny, Van der Schaaf, Alex MacDonald and Chris McCann
Burnley: Penny, Alexander, Carlisle, Jordan, Kalvenes, Van der Schaaf, MacDonald, Mahon, Solovjovs, Blake, Paterson.
Subs: Jensen, Akinbiyi, Caldwell, Duff, Gudjonsson, Jones, Berisha, Kay.
Bradford (starting): Evans, Arnison, Heckingbottom, McLaren, Lee, Clarke, Topp, Sharry, Conlon, Thorne, Daley.
Subs: Bowe, McLaughlin, Ainge, O'Brien, Taylforth, Osborne, Horne.
Wednesday 30th July Coral Windows Stadium(Valley Parade)@ 7:45 pm
1-0 to Bradford Conlon scores in last minute of first half!
GOAL!: 1-1, Burnley equalise after 55 minutes, Caldwell the scorer
GOAL!: Steve Jones on 90 minutes, talk about leaving it late! 1-2 Clarets
Full time: 1-2 Clarets, Steve Jones saves the day