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Preview: Burnley

12 January 2016

The Dons will be looking to continue their magnificent run on a Tuesday night at stadiummk when they take on Burnley.

Karl Robinson’s side have won five out of five home fixtures on a Tuesday evening this season, defeating the likes of Cardiff City, Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday.

Those victories, combined with a 3-0 success over Blackburn Rovers, see the Dons boast five home triumphs so far in 2015/16, which is the third-best total amongst teams outside the top six in the Sky Bet Championship.

The men from MK1 are also in search of their third-straight home success, having seen off Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff in their last two matches at stadiummk.

THE OPPOSITION
Burnley have won three of their last five games and sit fifth in the Championship table, well on track to be in the mix to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking come May.

The Clarets have netted an impressive 34 league goals so far in 2015/16, which is largely down to the goalscoring form of striker Andre Gray, who has contributed 13 to that total.

However, Gray and his team-mates have only found the net nine times in 12 road league games, while they have failed to win away from home in their last five attempts.

LAST TIME OUT
The Dons struck late to earn a 2-2 draw with in-form Northampton Town in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Richard Cresswell turned Lee Hodson's cross into his own net to put the men from MK1 ahead early on but a brace by Ricky Holmes had the hosts in the driving seat in the second half. However, Ben Reeves' deflected ball in with seven minutes to play saw the Dons draw level and secured them a replay.



Boro dominated the first half and duly went ahead when Diego Fabbrini converted from close range. Rouewen Hemmings then pulled a goal back for the Clarets late in the first half before Stephen Ward won the tie with a hooked finish.

Burnley were also in Emirates FA Cup action, coming from behind to beat Middlesbrough in an all-Championship clash at the Riverside Stadium.

"Burnley are one of the strongest sides in the division and they boast one of the most talented squads in the Championship - they have a number of top-quality players.”

Karl Robinson: “We’re looking forward to the challenge. Burnley, we know, is going to be a difficult ask for us. We know we’re going to be in for a tough evening.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS








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Draw: 0

Last Burnley win: 2-1, 15th Sep 2015 (Turf Moor)
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Burnley wins: 3

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Dons wins: 0
HEAD TO HEAD

His assistant referees are Mark Howes and Dave Bushell, while the fourth official is Lee Swabey.

Martin has marshalled 20 games so far this season, shown 51 yellow cards and sent off three players. He has also awarded four penalties, two of which he gave in the same game.

Tonight’s referee is Stephen Martin, who last took charge of the Dons back in January 2015.
REFEREE

Defender Michael Duff also comes back into contention for the Clarets following a spell out with a thigh injury but midfielder Dean Marney and strikes Ashley Barnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz aren’t expected to feature.

Burnley will have top scorer Andre Gray available for selection despite the striker missing the weekend’s game with a broken finger.

The Dons’ only definite absentee is Carl Baker, who is expected to be out for up to seven weeks after rupturing a ligament in his ankle.

David Martin also missed that clash and will be monitored but Dean Lewington is expected to return to the starting XI, as could Nicky Maynard, who came off the bench at Sixfields at the weekend.

Darren Potter is a doubt after missing Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Northampton Town.
TEAM NEWS

Sean Dyche: “It won’t be easy because MK Dons are making a good fist of it. There have been challenges along the way, but that can happen and they are no mugs, that’s for sure, particularly on their own patch.”

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MATCH COVERAGE

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*All odds correct at the time of writing

Scott Arfield: 12/1
Rob Hall 9/1
George Boyd: 17/2
Dean Bowditch: 15/2
Nicky Maynard: 13/2
Andre Gray: 4/1
First goalscorer

Burnley win: 11/8
Draw: 21/10
Dons win: 11/5
Result
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