SCOUT'S REPORT: BURNLEY
Burnley are the visitors to Cardiff City Stadium this Saturday
have the chance to extend their record-breaking six home win start to the season to seven when Burnley visit the capital on Saturday. The Bluebirds will be looking to keep themselves at the summit of the table come Saturday evening, where they currently share top spot with Leicester City.Cardiff City
Burnley come into this fixture off the back of a 4-3 win at Bristol City. Like Cardiff, Burnley left it late to gain three points with Chris McCann heading home in the sixth minute of stoppage time at Ashton Gate.
The Clarets have only lost one game in their last six, and have won both games while under Caretaker Manager Terry Pashley. They currently lie fourteenth in the table with seventeen points, but that is not as bad as it sounds. If Burnley win on Saturday they could move into the play-off places depending on other results.
.Charlie AustinBut the Lancashire club have shown defensive frailties at times this season, and have conceded more goals away from home than anyone else in the league, a total of fifteen. Conversely, they have scored the most goals in the division to date and have the league's top scorer in
The obvious star man for Burnley has to be Austin. He has already notched up eighteen goals and Burnley have only scored twenty-six in total! Austin has equalled the club record of scoring in eight consecutive games, and will no doubt be trying to beat that record on Saturday. Key Players:
to add more to his tally.Martin Paterson is more than capable of scoring goals himself. After scoring on Tuesday it might also be the spur for Sam Vokes has four. If the goals do dry up for Austin, Wales international Junior Stanislas has five from defence and Kieran Trippier has scored four goals from midfield and has also got four assists. They also have two other players who are high up in the assists tables; Chris McCannDespite having one clear goal scorer, they are not a one man team.
Cardiff edge the head to head record between the two sides. Out of the seventy-nine occasions that they've met, the Bluebirds have picked up twenty-nine wins to Burnley's twenty-seven (with twenty-three ending all square). Out of the last five games between the two sides, four have ended with draws and the one win fell to Cardiff when they won 1-0 in the League Cup last year. The last five games have also been low scoring affairs and no team has scored more than one goal on any one occasion.Previous Meetings:
This game was one in which chances were few and far between. Cardiff failed to truly trouble the Burnley keeper Lee Grant, the best effort a header from Robert Earnshaw which went wide of the post. Burnley had the best chances with David Marshall having to save efforts form Martin Paterson and Ross Wallace to earn his team the point.Last Meeting: Cardiff City 0-0 Burnley (18/03/2012):
Heaton, Blake.Subs not used: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Turner, Hudson, Whittingham, Cowie (Conway, 63), Lawrence, Gunnarsson (McPhail, 85), Miller (Earnshaw, 78), Mason. Cardiff City Line-up:
Jensen, Mee. Subs not used: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Duff, Edgar, McCann, Wallace, Marney, Stanislas (Bartley, 73), Paterson (Austin, 84), Ings (McQuoid, 90). Burnley Line-up: