The Clarets face Oldham at Turf Moor tonight in a Lancashire derby as they try and progress to the next round of the Carling Cup. They will be hoping there are no banana skins in sight and will be looking to get back on track with a convincing win following a defeat at Scunthorpe in their last match played. Saturday’s match against QPR was of course postponed under tragic circumstances so lets hope the rest may have allowed some injuries to recover.
Although Steven Caldwell was joining in with the open training session at Turf Moor on Saturday, he may still be rested with Unsworth and Carlisle in the centre of the back four. His hamstring injury could still be keeping him out.
Kiraly (thigh) and Berisha (tweaked knee) also sat out the training session on the sidelines last Saturday and look unlikely to feature in this match.
Everybody else though looks to be available for selection
‘We have seen Oldham a few times and we will pay them the utmost respect. We always do that, whoever we play.
‘We will just look forward to having a game because at the weekend all the preparation was done.
I have some thinking to do as we prepare because in the week we changed the team in the previous round (against Grimsby) we didn’t have a reserve game.
‘After Tuesday, we have one the following night, so we might have to mix and match a little bit.
‘Then again, it may be worth playing the team from Saturday. I just need to think about it.’
Burnley Team News:
Although the press seem to be talking up Kyle Lafferty as wanting to play in this match after his excellent performance and goal in the recent Northern Ireland Euro 2008 qualifier; this looks to be an impossibility. He was sent off in a friendly out in Austria and the silly referee seems to have made a fuss about it, leading to a three match ban.
Player to watch: Robbie Blake
He needs a convincing match under his belt with a few assists, dangerous freekicks and maybe a goal or two!
Oldham Athletic Team News:
Midfielder Neil Kilkenny has a thigh injury although Ryan Bertrand is expected to start with Stuart Giddings sidelined with an ankle injury.
Experienced goalkeeper Mark Crossley could be replaced by Les Pogliacomi.
Oldham’s new controversial striker Lee Hughes has made a public apology on returning to football after his release from jail. It has been confirmed however, he will not feature in this match
Player to watch: Neil Trotman
Former Burnley youth team captain Neal Trotman is expected to play for Oldham and its always good to watch former Clarets in action. However lets hope former loan, Michael Ricketts doesnt find his scoring touch should he feature
Match Facts & Stats
Believe it or not you have to go back to the 1999-00 Season for the last time we played Oldham at Turf Moor. In this Division 2 match in front of nearly 12,400 fans, the Clarets came out top that day with an emphatic 3-0 victory thanks to a brace from Payton and one from Cooke.
3-0 Clarets (at least)
Colchester away at Layer Road on Saturday 1st September 3pm KO