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Burnley vs. Leicester City

Turf Moor

4th December 2007

7:45pm

Clarets seek Foxes Double

The Clarets buoyed by three impressive away wins on the trot, including a 1-0 away win against tonight's opposition,Leicester will be seeking their first double of the season as the Foxes come to Turf Moor.

A win tonight will see our new gaffer's point tally rise to 10 points out of a maximum 12 points. The game at the Walker's Stadium of course was pre-Owen Coyle after Steve Cotterill had just left by mutual consent and when caretaker manager at the time,Steve Davis had his first taste of taking charge of the first team and came through with flying colours in the now traditional 1-0 victory at the Crisp Bowl.

The Clarets are on fire at the moment, having since beaten both top club,Watford and third placed club Charlton in the space of under seven days with both games down in London.

Should our home form be a concern though? Our last home match against Stoke although we dominated, still resulted in a disappointing 0-0 draw in Owen Coyle's first game in charge.

Now is the time to dispel any concerns in this department and lets hope for a convincing win tonight to propel us even further up the table.

We are currently 9th on 28 points and crucially only 2 points off the six placed club with a game in hand. The Foxes have also had a managerial change recently with Ian Holloway taking charge, they have played the same number of games as the Clarets but find themselves languishing in 17th place with 21 points. We really must start winning against these sort of teams at home otherwise all the hardwork in London recently will have been wasted. In our next three matches we face Wolves at Molineux and then two home matches against QPR and Preston, home games we should easily win based on current form. We will have played five home games by the end of this month starting tonight and finishing with Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City over Christmas. Fifteen points would surely put us in an automatic promotion position let alone play-offs! The fate,our fate is in Owen Coyle's hands. Lets hope he continues his impressive start.

There does not appear to be anymore injury concerns and Owen Coyle may again be tempted to name the same sixteen that have served us so well in recent matches:

Kiraly; Alexander, Harley, Carlisle, Unsworth; Elliott, Mahon, McCann, Lafferty; Blake, Gray.

Subs: Jensen, O'Connor, Gudjonsson, Akinbiyi, Jones.

It is assumed that Spicer and Jordan may still be injured but if not they might feature in some capacity. Caldwell, Duff and Berisha though of course will remain sidelined with long-term injuries

Owen Offers

'We have had a nice start and we need to continue that. I don't think anybody would have envisaged us getting six points at Watford and Charlton. I thought they were both terrific performances which were merited.

'It is important that we take that on now though. There's no point resting on your laurels and enjoying the week which you've had, that's behind us.

'We want more weeks like that but we'll only get that through working hard.'

Burnley Team News:

Caldwell will still be out for a couple more weeks yet and of course the long term cruciate ligament injuries to Duff and Berisha rule them out. John Spicer is back in training but its not clear if hes fit and if so if he will feature. Jordan is also doubtful

Player to watch: Andy Gray

Banging them in for fun now, scored 13 goals so far this season

Leicester City Team News:

The Foxes are having significant injury problems in attack.Leicester are still without DJ Campbell (knee), Collins John (hamstring), Elvis Hammond (ankle) and the suspended Matty Fryatt.

James Wesolowski (hamstring) and James Chambers (thigh) will also not feature.

Player to watch: Stephen Clemence

Midfielder Stephen Clemence seems to have been in the thick of the action recently and could be an handful.

Last Time We Met

We of course last played them only a few weeks ago last month securing a 1-0 win away with Andy Gray scoring the goal. Our last match at Turf Moor though did not go our way last season, and we were unlucky to lose 1-0 back in February as we continued that awful winless run

Match Prediction:

Come on lets thump somebody-4-0 Clarets

Next Fixtures:

Wolves @ Molineux in a Sky Televised match with a 5:20 pm KO on Saturday 8th December




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Date:Tuesday December 4 2007

Time: 5:31PM

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Team unchanged and same 16 for third match running:Kiraly; Alexander, Harley, Carlisle, Unsworth; Elliott, Mahon, McCann, Lafferty; Blake, Gray. Subs: Jensen, O'Connor, Gudjonsson, Akinbiyi, Jones.
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