Date: 26th July 2008 at 7:44am
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The Clarets hectic pre-season schedule continues today with a short trip down the road to the Fraser-Eagle Stadium to take on Accrington Stanley in the now traditional, annual pre-season clash.

This is the first friendly too on English soil following the two match US Tour and three match Scottish tour and is the sixth friedly of the nine match pre-season series with just Glentoran, Bradford and our only home match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle to follow.

Stanley will no doubt be once more up for this game trying to beat the Clarets for the first time since these friendlies were established.

Owen Coyle, speaking about the game has also indicated that the wholescale experimentation in the side with widespread substitutions in these pre-season friendlies could now be over as he looks to put out a settled side with a starting eleven in mind ready for the start of the 2008-9 season on the 9th August.

‘We purposely designed all our games to be away from home, but Accrington has got a local angle to it and it will be competitive,said Coyle

“Having said that, it`s only part of the preparation and we won`t get too carried away.

“But you`d imagine there`d be a great number of fans there to see some of the players that will be introduced.

“It`s another stepping stone along the way to August 9 in terms of moving on the preparation.

“We`ve not really been able to work on things day in, day out because we`ve been in and out of games.

“I think we can start formulating an idea and the shape of the team and different things. We`ve messed about with a couple of systems here and there, but now, with the couple of games coming up, we can start to bed in what we`re looking to do next season.”

Many Clarets fans will be seeing the shape of the team for the first time having missed out on the US and Scottish tours and will be keen to see how our new signings are bearing up.

The good news is that one of these, midfielder, Remco van der Schaaf has recovered from a thigh strain that has kept him sidelined for the last four matches and he is expected to play some part today.

“He certainly won`t play the 90 minutes but he might get an hour, which is great,” said Coyle.

Clarets fans will also almost certainly see new signings, Diego Penny, Christian Kalvenes and Martin Paterson with the only slight doubt being Kevin McDonald. McDonald was missing from the named squad in the last match against St Johnstone on Wednesday night and was not risked due to a foot injury.He will be monitored closely in the build-up to today’s game.

Chris McCann is also doubtful after picking up a knock in the game at McDiarmid Park and being substitued on Wednesday night as a precaution.

Apart from these two doubts, Coyle would otherwise appear to have a full squad to choose from including Besart Berisha, who is effectively a new signing for us, having missed the whole of last season with cruciate ligament damage. Many Clarets fans will be eager to see how our winger performs.

So what will the line-up be and what starting eleven for the season do you think Owen Coyle has in mind?

I believe this is the sixteen likely to be in his thinking at the moment although of course we could add to the squad with new signings before the 9th August.

Penny, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Kalvenes, Elliott, Van der Schaaf, McDonald, McCann, Paterson, Blake

Subs: Jensen, Alexander, Berisha, Akinbiyi, Mahon or Gudjonsson

In terms of today’s game I think Coyle might rest McCann and McDonald and we will see Mahon and Gudjonsson in midfield with young guns, Adam Kay, Alex MacDonald and Jay Rodriguez making an appearance at some point during the game.

Vital Burnley wil bring you the team news and regular updates on this article so please keep returning.


Team News:

Burnley: Penny, Alexander, Duff, Caldwell, Kalvenes, van der Schaaf, Mahon, Gudjonsson, Elliott, Blake, Paterson.

Subs: Jensen, Jordan, Carlisle, Jones, Rodriguez, A MacDonald, Berisha, Kay

Stanley: Arthur, Cavanagh, King, Edwards, Murdock, Proctor, Miles, Craney, Clark, P Mullin, Grant.

Subs: Dunbavin, Richardson, Ouamara, Jahrow, Moore, Ryan, Flower, Turner, Bell, Murphy, Williams.

Kick Off:

Fraser-Eagle Stadium Saturday 26th July @ 3pm

Live Audio Coverage: Full match being covered live on 2br

Half Time: 0-0, Elliott came close in 3rd minute hitting inside of post with Accy keeper, Arthur beaten. Clarets revert to 4-4-2 but our back four looking a little shaky and off the pace, with Penny looking hesitant. Clarets on top in last 10 minutes but John Coleman probably happier of two managers at half time.

Second half: Jensen on for Penny, Jordan on for Kalvenes.Elliott replaced by Alex MacDonald.

GOAL!: Gudjonsson pile driver from a free kick on 49 minutes. Keeper gets an hand to it, but ball sails into top left corner off the crossbar to put Clarets 1-0 up

Alex MacDonald injured and replaced by Steve Jones after 57 minutes. Carlisle replaces Caldwell on 62 minutes

GOAL!: 65 minutes-Another free kick and this time a 35 yard screamer from Robbie Blake into top left hand corner over head of keeper out of position. Accy 0-2 Clarets.

Jay Rodriguez comes on immediately after goal replacing Alan Mahon. Berisha now on for Van der Schaaf and Adam Kay for Paterson with 15 minutes to play.

GOAL!: Berisha on a run, took on three players to score a fantastic goal scoring with his left foot after 85 minutes.0-3 Clarets.

Full Time: Stanley 0-3 Clarets and the Clarets dominate in second half. Jensen saves well after a Jordan miscue late in second half just before Berisha scores.