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Burnley Preview

22 November 2013

Nottingham Forest are aiming to become only the second side to beat Burnley in the Sky Bet Championship this season when the league leaders visit The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds produced a superb away performance to win 2-0 at Leicester last time out and will be looking to pick up where they left off after the international break.
 
The gap between the two sides currently stands at eight points and Forest will be determined to close that with a victory, cementing their top-six position in the process.
 
Team News
 
Billy Davies has a number of injiury problems ahead of Saturday's game. Greg Halford has been ruled out and joins fellow defenders Kelvin Wilson and Danny Collins on the sidelines. Jack Hobbs is also a doubt with a virus meaning Jamaal Lascelles is The Reds' only fully-fit centre back.

Midfield duo Andy Reid and David Vaughan are both likely to miss the game after the pair picked up hamstring strains while away on international duty with Ireland and Wales respectively.
 
Burnley’s only long-term absentee is Scottish winger Ross Wallace who has been missing since the middle of August with a knee injury.
                                 
The Clarets should otherwise have a fully fit squad to choose from meaning that the deadly partnership of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes should start up front with the pair looking to add to their tally of 23 goals between them.
 
Current Form
 
The Reds ended a run of three games without a win as first-half goals from Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie gave them a 2-0 victory at Leicester City two weeks ago.
 
That result pushed Forest back up to 5th in the Sky Bet Championship.
 
Charlton (A) – Drew 1-1
Brighton (A) – Won 3-1
Bournemouth (H) – Drew 1-1
Yeovil (A) - Lost 3-1
Blackpool (H) – Lost 1-0
Leicester (A) – Won 2-0


 
While Burnley remain top of the Championship, their lead has been cut after consecutive draws against Millwall and Bournemouth in their last two outings.
 
The Clarets have been exceptionally difficult to beat under Sean Dyche’s leadership, with only Brighton (league) and West Ham (cup) having won against the Lancashire side this season.
 
Dyche’s men have also been impressive away from home this season. They have recorded wins at Sheffield Wednesday, Derby, Leeds, Doncaster and Ipswich so far this campaign.
 
Reading (H) – Won 2-1
Ipswich (A) – Won 1-0
QPR (H) – Won 2-0
West Ham (H)* – Lost 2-0
Millwall (A) – Drew 2-2
Bournemouth (H) – Drew 1-1
 
*Capital One Cup
 
Down The Years
 
Forest wins over Burnley: 37 (35 League, 2 League Cup)
Burnley wins over Forest: 40 (36 League, 3 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 26 (25 League, 1 FA Cup)
 
Last Meeting
 
The last meeting between the two sides came in September as a Danny Ings-inspired Burnley knocked Forest out of the Capital One Cup.
 
Matt Derbyshire had given The Reds a first-half lead but Ings cancelled that out with a fine strike just before the interval and settled the tie with a header midway through the second half.



Forest ran out 2-0 winners in last season’s meeting at The City Ground as second-half goals from Dexter Blackstock and Billy Sharp sealed a comfortable win for The Reds.



He Played For Both
 
Robbie Blake

Robbie Blake spent three months on loan at The City Ground from Bradford City in 2000 and made 12 appearances for the club. He scored his only goal for The Reds in a 4-3 win at Barnsley in October of the same year before returning to Valley Parade.
 
The striker joined Burnley from Leeds United in 2007 and went on to make 145 outings for The Clarets, scoring 21 goals. Blake scored a famous winner for Burnley in their Premier League clash against Manchester United in August 2009.
 
Officials
 
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistant Referees: Wayne Barratt and Robert Merchant
Fourth Official: Robert Ellis
 
Betting
 
Nottingham Forest are the slender favourites to beat the league leaders at 11/10, while the draw is priced at 23/10.
 
There are odds of 17/2 for supporters who fancy The Reds to run out 2-0 winners on Saturday in a repeat of last season’s scoreline at The City Ground.
 
Karl Darlow has called on The Reds to send a message to the division by beating Burnley and, despite The Clarets’ attacking prowess, there are odds of 7/4 on the shotstopper keeping a clean sheet.
 
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)
 
Matchday Magazine
 
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Burnley.
 
In this edition, priced £3, Billy Davies says Forest must keep up the momentum after winning at  Leicester, Darius Henderson reveals his favourite Forest goal and Carl Froch looks ahead to his big fight against George Groves.
 
Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad. Perfect for supporters who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 2pm onwards on Saturday.
 
Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.
 
Follow The Game
 
Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.
 
Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
 
Tickets for the match (Saturday 23 November, kick-off 3pm) are on general sale and can be bought online at www.nffcretail.com, in store at the Ticket Office or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls cost 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).


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