Burnley v Scunthorpe preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:26

Burnley v Scunthorpe preview

Burnley boss Brian Laws will be reluctant to make changes when his side play host to Scunthorpe.
Laws steered the Clarets to their first away victory of the season in a 2-1 victory at Barnsley on Boxing Day.
The Turf Moor boss dropped leading scorer Chris Iwelumo at Oakwell and deployed on-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti alongside Jay Rodriguez.
His decision was vindicated as Guidetti, 18, scored his first senior goal and is set to keep his place.
Laws, who named Iwelumo, Chris Eagles and Dean Marney among his substitutes, said: “It was a big call to leave out the leading goalscorer, but sometimes you have to make decisions for the right reasons.
“That was probably the strongest bench I have had this season.”
Left-back Danny Fox is fit again after an ankle injury but Brian Easton looks certain to retain his starting berth.
Scunthorpe travel to Burnley without on-loan striker Freddie Sears after he was recalled by parent club West Ham last week.
Sears had been expected to stay at Glanford Park until January 3 but Hammers manager Avram Grant opted to terminate the 21-year-old’s loan in the hope he can add some firepower to his own squad.
However, defender David Mirfin will return from a foot injury while Josh Wright, Michael O’Connor and Chris Dagnall have shaken off viruses.
They would have been available to face Preston on Boxing Day had the game not been postponed.
Defensive trio Michael Raynes (thigh), Jim McNulty (ankle) and Niall Canavan (knee) are set to remain sidelined while Jonathan Forte should come in for Sears as the Iron seek to avoid a sixth straight defeat.

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