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Burnley v Man Utd preview

19 Aug 2009 09:33:12

Burnley v Man Utd preview

Life in the Premier League does not get any easier for Burnley as they prepare to host Manchester United. The Clarets were given a rude awakening by Stoke on Saturday as they suffered a harsh lesson in how taxing life in the top flight can be. A 2-0 reversal at the Britannia Stadium was not the start Owen Coyle was hoping for and he could do without a visit from the reigning champions on Wednesday. Burnley did lose just four times at Turf Moor throughout the whole of last season, winning their last five, but the Red Devils will provide a substantially tougher test than those sides the Clarets came up against in the second tier. Coyle's men also enjoyed considerable success in front of goal on home soil last term, scoring 42 goals, and they will need that fine form to continue if they are to take anything from an unenviable midweek encounter. United make the short trip to Burnley unbeaten in their last 17 games against the Clarets, with clean sheets kept in the last four meetings between the two sides. They have also won nine of their last 10 games on the road, with that record helping to carry Sir Alex Ferguson's men to the Premier League crown in 2008/09. The Red Devils have also gone almost three years since they last failed to beat a newly-promoted side, drawing 0-0 with Reading in September 2006, winning their last 16. Skipper missingBurnley will be without their captain Steven Caldwell after he failed to recover from a groin injury. Having already sat out the club's Premier League debut at Stoke, the Clarets defender will also miss the first top flight game to be played at Turf Moor for 33 years. Caldwell suffered the problem on international duty with Scotland last week. Defender Michael Duff will also miss the match, but Burnley are boosted by the return of summer signing David Edgar, who could make his debut after sitting out Saturday's game through a suspension he picked up while still at Newcastle. Andre Bikey could also be in line to make his debut after the Cameroon international completed his move from Reading. Brown readyWes Brown is standing by to replace Jonny Evans as United head to Burnley for their first league meeting since 1976. With Nemanja Vidic (calf) and Rio Ferdinand (thigh) already ruled out and Evans a major doubt, Brown is set to partner John O'Shea in central defence. Michael Carrick and Anderson are set to make their first appearances of the season, while Michael Owen could be included after being introduced as a substitute in Sunday's 1-0 win over Birmingham. Possible starting XIsBurnley: Jensen, Eckersley, Bikey, Carlisle, Alexander, Mears, Blake, Elliott, McCann, Fletcher, Paterson. Man Utd: Foster, Fabio, O'Shea, Brown, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Owen.


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