NPower Championship: Burnley v Preston Team News
Burnley boss Brian Laws is relishing the prospect of picking up three points against North West rivals Preston North End in front of a fanatical home crowd this afternoon.
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Laws told the club’s website: “This football club rocks when the fans are behind it. They have seen the good home form we’ve got and to maintain it against your local rivals will give everyone a huge lift.”
The Claret’s are sitting three points from an automatic promotion place at this early stage of the season helped by a 100% home record and another win will maintain the momentum of the club’s challenge for a return to the Premier League.
Derby matches between Burnley and Preston at Turf Moor have a habit of being high scoring affairs and in their last three league meetings here the two sides produced fourteen goals.
Burnley won the last Turf Moor derby with Preston 3-1 in 2008 while Preston won 3-2 in the 2007 encounter here.
Bet365 are offering odds of 14/1 for Burnley to repeat the 3-1 score line while North West bookie Betfred is offering 9/2 for Preston to take three points back to Deepdale.
Burnley danger man Chris Iwelumo will be fit to resume in attack following a hamstring problem.
The former Wolves centre forward will be looking to extend his 100% strike rate at Turf Moor and is available at odds of 5/1 with bet365 to score the first goal.
Clarets long serving defender Michael Duff will also return to the squad.
Former Preston favourites, skipper Graham Alexander and summer signing Ross Wallace are set to feature for Burnley.
First choice right back Tyrone Mears misses the game against his former club as he sits out a one match ban.
North End manager Darren Ferguson can choose from a near full strength squad with the return of central defender Wayne Brown.
Barry Nicholson is the only player unavailable having just returned to training following a broken leg.
Possible starting line ups:
BURNLEY: Jensen, Edgar, Fox, Carlisle, Bikey, Alexander, Marney, Elliott, Iwelumo, Paterson, Wallace.
PRESTON: Lonergan, Jones, Morgan, St Ledger, Davidson, Gray, James, Coutts, Treacy, Hayes, King.