9th April 2007
Can the Clarets continue their run of form and put their third consecutive win on the board against the Bluebirds at home this Easter Monday? The Clarets will be buoyed up following an impressive 4-0 tonking of Plymouth at home last Tuesday night and an even more impressive win, 1-0 against automatic promotion-chasing Birmingham away on Saturday.
A win today and that will be a total of 51 points, a recognised tally for safety and one, that barring a disaster will make it virtually impossible for the bottom three teams to catch us.
Another three points against another promotion chasing side, Cardiff could also cement Steve Cotterill's future at the club. There doesnt appear to be any danger now of him leaving before the end of the season and most fans based on our poll are still hoping he is given one final chance in 2007/8 to prove himself. The loyalty shown to the gaffer by the Chairman and Board coupled with support from a strong section of the fanbase has been remarkable after a 19 match winless stretch. Most managers in today's thirst for results would not have survived such an awful run. Steve Cotterill now seems to be rewarding this faith in him by turning round the results and restoring confidence to the team.
The Clarets escaped unscathed from the Brum match with no further injuries and could select exactly the same starting eleven and sixteen as that match although it will be interesting to see if supersub John Spicer will be awarded with a start after his match winning goal on Saturday.
The Clarets team is likely to be as follows:
Jensen, Harley, Thomas, Caldwell, Duff, Jones, Djemba-Djemba, J O'Connor, Elliott, McVeigh, Gray
Subs: Coughlan, Coyne, McCann, Spicer, Akinbiyi.
Cardiff,9th on 63 points have wobbled in recent matches and are now on a run of three matches without a point,losing their last away match 2-1 against Derby followed by two home defeats against Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday.
Burnley Team News:
John Spicer could start for Burnley after coming off the bench to score against Birmingham on Saturday.
Stephen Foster (Achilles) and Alan Mahon (Groin) however remain injured and unavailable.
Player to watch: Eric Djemba-Djemba
Arguably the Man of the Match in the last three Clarets matches, Eric continues to shine and plays some awesome football at times. Cardiff will have to be aware of the danger
Cardiff Team News:
Midfielder Peter Walton is suspended after his red card in the last minute of Saturday's defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.
Another Midfielder Riccardo Scimeca is still out.Striker Michael Chopra and defender Darren Purse are however expected to play.
Player to watch: Michael Chopra
Michael Chopra has recently shown his loyalty to Cardiff by signing a contract extension.The 23-year-old, who has scored 21 Championship goals this season, joined Cardiff from Newcastle United on a three-year deal in June. We will have to keep this guy in check.
Last Time We Met!
We fell to one goal away to Cardiff back in November. Considering the Bluebird's high standing at this time,this was a creditable performance.
A suddenly winning Clarets team facing a suddenly losing Cardiff side. Could be an obvious banana skin but with home advantage and a solid back four I will predict a 2-0 Clarets win. Let's consign that run between Dec-Mar even more to history and continue our run of form
Leeds at Elland Road Saturday April 14th at 3pm