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Barstewards` Derby is Finally Here!

Blackburn Rovers

Turf Moor

Sunday 2nd December


The one all Clarets fans have been waiting for will finally have arrived this Sunday! Yes, its Burnley v Blackburn at Turf Moor!

The Pre-amble:

Burnley v Blackburn this Sunday at Turf Moor, not that anybody needs telling that! Fans might need to be reminded though that this is an early kick-off game at 12:30pm and that it won`t, perhaps surprisingly be covered by the live TV cameras! Are Sky and the rest mad? This has to be the most bitterly fought derby in the whole of the UK and you only have to look at the special police measures in place to realise that! There is extra bite to the game this time too! Blackburn are just one point above the Clarets so a Burnley win would see them move above their deadly rivals and get ever closer to pushing for a play-offs spot. At the time of writing this match preview on Saturday, the other Championship games had still to be played but at the moment Rovers are in 10th spot on 28 points from 19 games and the Clarets in 14th place with 27 points. The current sixth placed club Hull are 5 points clear of the Clarets!

Burnley have picked up four points in their last two games, both on the road after beating Hull City 1-0 at the KC Stadium last Saturday and then earning a point against Barnsley at Oakwell in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night. The Clarets should go into the derby clash the more confident of the two sides. Rovers lost a crucial home match against Bolton 2-1 on Wednesday night their second defeat at Ewood on the trot after also going down 2-0 to Millwall at home last Saturday. Blackburn boss Henning Berg may have the more difficult task in lifting his players for this clash after those two disappointing defeats.

There is no getting away from the fact though that Rovers have had the upper hand in the derby clashes over recent seasons and although the two clubs spent many years playing apart in different divisions you have to go back to 1979 for the last time the Clarets tasted success over the old enemy. Rovers have won the last three battles and the two sides last met when they were both in the Premier League in 2009/ really is Burnley`s turn to have some cheer and this is probably our best chance in sometime with just one point separating the two clubs and the Clarets currently the club in better form. Come on lads!!

Burnley Team News:

Dean Marney returns from a one-match suspension after picking up a fifth yellow in the home game against Charlton a week last Saturday. He sat out the midweek game away to Barnsley! Sean Dyche appears to have the luxury of a full squad to choose from with no injuries reported after the 1-1 draw at Oakwell on Tuesday night.

Player to watch: Charlie Austin

Austin was back to finding the back of the net on Tuesday night after opening the scoring with a header in the fifth minute. He had a drawn a rare blank in the previous three games but remains the country`s leading goal scorer with 18 Championship goals so far. Hopefully Austin will win the battle of the strikers against Rover`s Jordan Rhodes

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn has been out for a month with a calf strain but could play a part if he wins his battle to be fit enough in time. Striker Fabio Nunes is also close to a return and could feature

Colin Kazim-Richards, Morten Gamst-Pedersen and Jason Lowe are all pushing for a starting eleven place.

Player to watch: Jordan Rhodes

Can we keep Rhodes at bay? He is Rovers current leading marksman with 12 Championship goals so far this season but although it makes him the joint third highest goalscorer in the Championship that is still six goals short of Austin`s remarkable tally. The hotshot striker made his name with Huddersfield. The 23 year old Scotland international striker made a high-profile move to Ewood Park at the end of August 2012 for a fee reported to be in the region of 8 million including add-ons having scored a remarkable 73 times for the Terriers in 124 appearances. The majority of those games though were at League 1 level although he also scored against the Clarets in our clash at the John Smiths Stadium helping his side secure a 2-0 win just five days before he left Huddersfield!

Team & Tactics:

The big question is will Sean Dyche stick with the 4-1-4-1 formation he has started with in every game since arriving at the club. Coupled with that question is whether it has been right the tactic with Dyche finishing up usually reverting to 4-4-2 at some point during the game! I think 4-1-4-1 works providing we have the option on the bench to play 4-4-2 if need be so it seems the right tactics to adopt. Three wins and one draw from six games since Dyche arrived seems to prove the point. We did I feel miss Marney though on Tuesday night against Barnsley and Martin Paterson playing the wider role does not appear to have worked that well for some weeks. It is perhaps time to drop Pato to the bench and start Danny ings. I suspect the Burnley eighteen will look something like this :

Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Stock, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Ings, Austin

Subs: Jensen, Lafferty, Edgar, Stanislas, Stewart, Paterson, Vokes

Ref Watch:

Boy will this game need a top referee with guts and experience and it looks like we got one! Lee Mason is in charge. The Lancashire referee is well-respected and has a wealth of Premier League experience. In his 12 games so far this season, not one player has seen red although 49 have picked up yellow cards. Last season his tally was just 3 reds and 80 yellow cards from 32 games so quite a lenient referee it would appear! This derby though could be a tough challenge and it will be interesting to see how well he controls proceedings. His last game involving the Clarets was against Barnsley at Oakwell last season back in October 2011. Just one yellow card was shown that day but Burnley lost the game 2-0.

Match Prediction:

Rovers have won just once in six games since the new gaffer, Henning Berg arrived to replace Steve Kean. Burnley have to make sure that statistic remains the same after Sunday`s game. On so many levels a win is vital for the Clarets! Surely on law of averages alone as well as current form, it`s our turn? God, I hope so! 2-1 to Burnley with the whole town in ecstasy!

Next Match:

Clarets travel to the City Ground on Saturday 8th December to play Nottingham Forest (Kick-Off: 3pm)

Date:Saturday December 1 2012
Time: 11:58AM


Come on You Clarets! Make the town buzz and send those Rovers coaches home with miserable fans on board for a change!!
01/12/2012 12:00:00
Having followed Portsmouth for nearly 40 years, we have a similar relationship down here with Southampton or the scummers as we like to call them. We for many years were in their shadow & arguably we are again but for a few years we had our day & we stuffed them good & hard on the pitch. So hopefully this will be your day. Play up Burnley.
01/12/2012 12:03:00
I started a preview piece in Wednesday TMP but with one thing and another I have not had a spare half hour to conclude it. There was also the unnerving feeling that I did not want to tempt fate talking about how the game might be won and lost. Its a great opportunity for us for sure and if we can perform the way we have in the other big matches this season (we havent conceded against Bolton, Blackpol and Leeds) then we should be OK. I expect it to be extremely close a goalless draw wouldn't surprise me if it becomes a game of cat and mouse. It might come done to a slice of luck or a referee's decision, surely we are due for something to fall our way. The Burnley fans have a big job tomorrow and I hope everyone is going to be in good voice rather than the 'bad dream' scenario the last time they came to town.
01/12/2012 14:27:00
Hope there is no cheating by Rovers players this time. We beat Leeds that meant everything To a west Yorkshire man and his Lad now living in Grimsby I have had many experiences of flack from Leeds Fans at School and work over the years. So its vital our young fans who go to school with B.....Rovers fans are able to experience joy on Monday morning along with their dads who work with B....Rovers fans. ITS VITAL WE WIN THIS ONE.
grimsby claret
01/12/2012 16:30:00
BBC Sport Team News: Blackburn manager Henning Berg is without veteran striker Nuno Gomes because of a hamstring injury.
01/12/2012 18:47:00
After Saturday's games, Burnley now 15th six points behind new 6th placed club Watford (Rovers 12th). Win tomorrow we go 9th!! Come on You Clarets!
01/12/2012 19:33:00
I think and have a good feeling we will batter them bring it on we have players that can rip them appart
Albmaleaf claret
02/12/2012 07:43:00
I remember VR saying he'd have a conflict of interest when Nuno Gomes came to the Turf as, if I remember correctly, VR knows him from his link with Academica. So I can only imaine that VR phoned his mate and persuaded him to sit this one out!!! I hope the team is quicker than VB today. It's taken me over 10 minutes to complete this post. As ever with tinternet, it could of course be one or more of about 50 things other than VB causing a slowdown, though everything else was working. Maybe just pre-match nerves. I'm going to walk the dog.
Couch Potato
02/12/2012 09:23:00
COME ON YOU CLARETS!!!!!!! Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mee, Duff, Shackell, Stock, Marney, McCann, Austin, Paterson, Wallace. Subs: Vokes, Edgar, Ings, Lafferty, Bartley, Stanislas, Jensen. Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Henley, Martin Olsson, Hanley, Dann, Lowe, Murphy, Formica, Rhodes, Kazim-Richards, Pedersen. Subs: Givet, Dunn, Markus Olsson, Rochina, King, Vukevic, Kean.
02/12/2012 11:52:00
Does anyone have a link for the game ? The one I usually use doesn't have it but it has the bloody AFC Wimbledon game instead...
02/12/2012 12:46:00
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