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Saturday 22 November 2014 | Britannia Stadium | Kick-off 15:00

Stoke
Stoke
0 - 0
Burnley
Burnley

Match preview

Sean Dyche expects his Burnley side to play with freedom when they go in search of a second consecutive Barclays Premier League win at Stoke City.

Burnley ended their long wait for an elusive first victory of the season when they beat Hull City 1-0 before the two-week international break. Ashley Barnes' maiden BPL goal ensured Dyche was able to celebrate a win in the top flight at the 11th time of asking. His side will now bid to secure a first away success when they head to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday and Dyche believes all the pressure will be on Mark Hughes' team.

"They were a strong side before Mark Hughes took over," Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph. "We are not expecting anything other than a tough game, like every other Premier League game is.

"It is fair to say the expectation is on them, so we use that freedom there and enjoy the game and hopefully get another win again."

Burnley remained bottom despite their success against Hull, but a victory this weekend could move them out of the relegation zone and Dyche has stressed the importance of building on the triumph over Steve Bruce's side.

"You can't define it but it is fair to see getting our first win was nice for everyone," he said. "It settles down all the stories outside the club. There had been signs of development anyway.

"We have to do it more than just once. I am not sure you can say the tide is turning but the belief in the group is quite evident and we want to take that further."

Burnley will check on the fitness of Scott Arfield and Nathaniel Chalobah, who have both picked up knocks, while Matt Taylor (Achilles) may be available to return. Sam Vokes (knee) is still sidelined.

Stoke won 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur last time out to move up to ninth and will eye a repeat of their 2-0 win when the sides last met at the Britannia Stadium five years ago. The Potters have injury concerns in defence, with Marc Wilson (hamstring) set to miss out and both Erik Pieters (Achilles) and Phil Bardsley (groin) facing late tests.

Robert Huth (calf) and Dionatan Teixeira (broken foot) are still unavailable, but midfielder Glenn Whelan (fractured leg) returned to full training this week.

"It's been strange this week," Assistant manager Mark Bowen told The Sentinel. "We've had about 10 or 12 players still in for training, but Ryan Shawcross and Marc Muniesa have been the only defenders we've had at the club. We've had to change training around to make sure we don't get any more injuries this week."

Stoke City (from): Begovic, Sorensen, Bardsley, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters, Shawcross, Wilson, Adam, Assaidi, Ireland, N'Zonzi, Palacios, Sidwell, Whelan, Arnautovic, Bojan, Crouch, Diouf, Moses, Walters.

Burnley (from): Gilks, Heaton, Duff, Keane, Lafferty, Long, Mee, Reid, Shackell, Trippier, Ward, Arfield, Boyd, Chalobah, Howieson, Jones, Kightly, Marney, Taylor, Wallace, Barnes, Ings, Jutkiewicz, Sordell.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Martin Atkinson Assistants: M Mullarkey, S Child Fourth Official: K Friend

Match Facts
Burnley have won five and lost just two of their last nine away matches against Stoke City.
However, the Clarets have a record of W1 D1 L2 in the last four visits.

Stoke

Stoke

Manager: Mark Hughes

Burnley

Burnley

Manager: Sean Dyche

Current form

Last six matches

won

1 - 2 v Spurs (A) 09 Nov 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v West Ham (H) 01 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Southampton (A) 25 Oct 2014

won

2 - 1 v Swansea (H) 19 Oct 2014

lost

3 - 1 v Sunderland (A) 04 Oct 2014

won

1 - 0 v Newcastle (H) 29 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 2 v Spurs (A) 09 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Southampton (A) 25 Oct 2014

Current form

Last six matches

won

1 - 0 v Hull (H) 08 Nov 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Arsenal (A) 01 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 3 v Everton (H) 26 Oct 2014

lost

1 - 3 v West Ham (H) 18 Oct 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Leicester (A) 04 Oct 2014

lost

4 - 0 v West Brom (A) 28 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 0 v Hull (H) 08 Nov 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Arsenal (A) 01 Nov 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Stoke Burnley

Sat 15 Aug 2009 | Britannia Stadium | Attendance: 27,385

Stoke 2 - 0 Burnley
  • Ryan Shawcross (19)
  • Stephen Jordan (33 OG)
  Possession
Stoke 37%
Burnley 63%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Stoke 0 0
Burnley 0 0
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Stoke 0 2 0
Burnley 0 2 0
Total 0 4 0
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