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Wolves vs. Burnley


8th December 2007

5:20 pm

On Sky

Molineux Sky

The Clarets are on the road again today, and after three away victories on the trot beating Leicester, Watford and Charlton, the prospect of playing 6th placed Wolves should not hold any fears.

The match has the added advantage of also being televised by Sky, for those Clarets fans like me not venturing over to Molinueux. It does though mean that the kick-off is the rather odd time of 5:20 pm.

The Clarets are currently 10th on 29 points, only 4 points behind Wolves with a game in hand. Three points today would be very useful indeed with two juicy home ties up next against lowly QPR and Preston.

Our last two home matches have been disappointing in the sense we only managed a point in each, including in our last match against Leicester last Tuesday night which finished 1-1 despite an impressive performance from the Clarets. We seem to be in this cycle of win away,draw at home at the moment which is somewhat ass-over-tit, but lets hope that continues today and we can change the home statistic in the next two matches at Turf Moor with a couple of wins.

Nevertheless, it has been a very impressive start for the new gaffer, Owen Coyle with 8 out of a possible 12 points in 4 matches with no defeats. Perhaps more importantly it's the style in which they are playing, with confident attacking and so far entertaining football.

Remarkably in those four matches, the same sixteen have been selected and that could remain the same today although there is a doubt over Clarke Carlisle after he picked up a knock against Leicester on Tuesday.

The gaffer has also stated that Spicer and Jordan looked comfortable in training recently,although they probably wont feature even though they might be fit enough. Caldwell is also getting closer to fitness but if Carlisle is out, our options in the back four could be limited. I suspect Chris McCann might slot into the centre of the back four possibly releasing a place for Gudjonsson to start in midfield after his recently good performances coming on from the bench. Coyle however did sound like he was keen to give James O'Connor a chance at some point.

If Carlisle is fit, I suspect we can expect the same sixteen and starting eleven as the last four matches, if he is injured this could be a possible line-up:

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

Subs: Jensen, James O'Connor, Garreth O'Connor, Akinbiyi, Jones.

Owen Offers

The gaffer is keen to claim a hat-trick of away wins against Wolves in front of the Sky Sports cameras

'It's an opportunity for the players, first and foremost, to go and show they can play a little bit, and they've done that in the previous four games,' he said.

'We just have to focus on our job at hand, regardless of who we play.

'We'll give (Wolves) the respect tthey merit but then try to concentrate on what we can do.'

Wolves Team News:

Wolves striker Jay Bothroyd looks likely to start after returning to the squad which could mean Stephen Ward playing out wide.

Jody Craddock is still out with a groin injury though having missed the last two games through injury. Gary Breen wil also be sidelined with a knee injury.

Player to watch: Freddy Eastwood

Always get the impression, he does nothing for large scetions of the match and then suddenly decides to score for the hell of it.

Burnley Team News:

Long term cruiciate injuries to Duff and Berisha obviously rule them out. Caldwell, Jordan and Spicer are understood to be close to fitness but not quite there yet and there is now a doubt over Clarke Carlisle. Chris McCann could step in at centre back with maybe Gudjonsson coming into the midfield.

Player to watch: Andy Gray

Eager for goals at the moment and linking up brilliantly with Blake. Can he add to his 13 so far?

Last Time We Met

We lost 2-1 in this match last season back in February although there was some debate as to whether we should have got what seemed a cast iron penalty. Wolves completed the double over us,also beating the lads 1-0 at Turf Moor last season. Many Clarets though will remember the last time this fixture was televised by Sky a couple of seasons back. We were victorious that day 1-0 thanks to a spectacular free kick from Garreth O'Connor in a match that saw the Clarets under continual pressure as Wolves seeked but failed to get the equaliser.

Match Prediction:

This has a draw written all over it 1-1

Next Match:

QPR Tuesday 11th December @ 7:45 pm

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Date:Saturday December 8 2007

Time: 10:19AM

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Oh what a lover'ly Sky!! Claret sky at night, Championship delight! 2-3 to lads and its on the telly.dear!

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