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30 November 2013


Huddersfield welcome table topping Burnley to the John Smith's Stadium this weekend looking to continue where they left off last season.

Town did the double over Burnley beating them at Turf Moor by one goal to nil, and also beating the Clarets by two goals to nil at the Town ground.

Fortunes have changed for Burnley this season and they have former Town player Scott Arfield among their ranks, whilst Town recruited former Claret Martin Paterson in the close season.

It is sure to be an entertaining game between two good sides.

Vital Quotes: Mark Robins

It is a fantastic opportunity for us to beat one of the top teams and put a marker down. They are miserly in defence and have got threats in Sam Vokes and Danny Ings. Kieran Tripper and Jason Shackell are both good players and I know them well having signed them when I was at Barnsley.

"Scotty Arfield will also be back and I am sure that he will want to do well,"

"I am pleased for Scott because he is a good lad who didn`t get too much of an opportunity during my short spell last season with him. He is a good professional and I just hope that he has an off day tomorrow."

The Birmingham performance was very poor and we don`t ever want to see a repeat of that. What we have done since then has been good, though. We are capable of being really good, but sometimes bad and it is important now that we start performing consistently well.

"We are better than we were last season and most of the times are good to watch. I want to set the bar as high as possible. I am a firm believer that if you put in the work, good performances and results will follow. We are mid-table at the moment and I think that is fair on reflection."

Huddersfield Town Team News:

Peter Clarke (knee) is out for 3 months.

Anton Robinson (knee) also remains sidelined and they are both joined by Keith Southern (Calf)

Loan signing Harry Bunn likely not to be considered for selection

Mark Robins is expected to name an unchanged starting XI

Player to watch: Martin Paterson

Former Burnley striker is surely odds on to score against his former club.

The recalled striker impressed against Sheffield Wednesday and this game could be one where we see him shine again

Burnley Team News:

Dean Marney faces a late fitness check after he missed the Clarets last outing through injury.

Otherwise boss Sean Dyche has a fully fit squad and no suspensions to contend with

Player to watch: Scott Arfield

Former Town midfielder has impressed for Burnley since being released by Town. He will I am sure play out of his skin on Saturday, and also like Paterson is quite a likely bet for an anytime goal scorer!

Match Facts & Stats

There have been 58 league matches between Huddersfield and Burnley over 103 years, and each club has won 24.

Last season's meetings in the Championship were their only clashes in a decade, Huddersfield winning both with an aggregate score of 3-0.

These clubs have faced each other 67 times in all competitions, and both have scored 82 goals.

Huddersfield Town
The Terriers are hoping to register successive league wins for the second time this season, following last Saturday's 2-1 away victory against Sheffield Wednesday.
Their only victory to date against a top-half club was last month's 3-2 local derby triumph at home to Leeds.
Mark Robins' side have won all four Championship games in which they have scored more than a single goal, but they are yet to find the net in the final 10 minutes of a league encounter.
The table-topping Clarets are still enjoying their best return from the start of a season for 116 years, despite drawing the last three.
The 12-match unbeaten sequence of eight wins and four draws is Burnley's longest since a run of 15 spanning two seasons (20 March 1999 to 28 August 1999).
Only Derby (30) have scored more Championship goals than the 28 of Sean Dyche's side, who have won an unrivalled 10 games when scoring first, and are hoping to stretch the longest current scoring streak in this division to 13 games.

Ref Watch:

Eddie Ilderton from Tyne & Wear will be the Referee for the Championship clash between Huddersfield Town and Burnley. Ilderton has taken in 13 games this season in which he's yellow carded 25 players with two red cards, both of those coming in League Two. He will be assisted tomorrow by Geoff Liddle (County Durham) and Edward Smart (West Midlands) The fourth official is Football League referee Mark Heywood (Cheshire)

Match Prediction:

Huddersfield 1 - 1 Burnley

Next Fixtures:

BOLTON (A) 19:45 Tue 3 Dec
IPSWICH (A) 15:00 Sat 7 Dec

Date:Friday November 29 2013
Time: 11:35PM

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