The Spaniards are coming to Turf Moor on Tuesday!
The Clarets have now completed their pre-season friendlies on the road following their games against FC Grossklein in Austria, Accrington Stanley, Preston and Blackpool. They now complete their preparations with two friendly home games against foreign opposition starting with Spanish La Liga side, Celta Vigo who will be the visitors to Turf Moor on Tuesday night (Tuesday 5thAugust Kick-Off @7:30pm). The following Saturday it will be the turn of the Italians when the hosts will be up against Serie A side, Hellas Verona (Saturday 9thAugust Kick-Off @3pm) but first let`s concentrate on Celta Vigo!
Celta Vigo (formed in 1923) last season finished in 9th place in the Primera Division. Their most successful season in the Spanish top flight came in 2002-03 after finishing fourth and qualifying for the Championship League where they were knocked out by Arsenal. They will certainly be our toughest challenge of the summer so far! Our pre-season friendlies so far have all been against lower league opposition but out of the four games played we are nursing just one defeat, the 2-1 loss at Preston last Tuesday night! We at least followed that disappointment up with victory on Saturday after beating Blackpool 1-0 at Bloomfield Road in a convincing performance where the Clarets dominated the game throughout. That result made it three wins out of four following the 8-0 thrashing of FC Grossklein during our Austrian tour and the 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley in the Store First Stadium.
Sean Dyche is now beginning to build-up a picture of his likely starting eleven and bench to face Chelsea in the opening Premier League game of the season at home on Monday 18th August. If you look at the squad that faced Blackpool and with no news of any further injuries, it is likely that Burnley will select from the following against Celta Vigo.
Possible Starting Eleven: Cisak, Reid. Shackell, Long, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, Jones, Taylor, Sordell, Barnes
Subs: Gilks, Trippier, Duff, O`Neill, Mee, Arfield, Hewitt, Ings, Jutkiewicz, Gilchrist, Anderson
There are so many options so we shall have to see what Dyche decides. Tom Heaton though could miss out again. He seems to be suffering from a persistent calf problem and has not yet featured in a pre-season game. Michael Kightly too could remain sidelined and of course Sam Vokes is still on the long road to recovery following knee surgery.