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Big challenge as Huddersfield Town seek third successive home win over Burnley

David Wagner's side aim to be the first in 14 league games to defeat the Clarets

Burnley's Andre Gray (left) goes past Fulham's Michael Madl to score. He will be a big danger against Town

Huddersfield Town have won their last two home games against Burnley, in August 2012 and November 2013.

And what a great challenge they have in store to make it a hat trick.

The Clarets are closing in on an immediate return to the Premier League.

A positive Tuesday evening left them four points clear at the top of the Championship.

While Sean Dyche’s side won 3-2 at Fulham, second-placed Middlesbrough lost 1-0 at Rotherham United.

Brighton and Hove Albion and Hull City are also in the race for the two automatic promotion places.

So Burnley can’t afford any slip-ups.

They come to Town unbeaten in 13 league games and seeking a sixth straight win.

David Wagner’s side claimed a key 3-1 home victory over Reading on Tuesday.

But third-bottom Rotherham’s third successive win meant the gap between Town and the drop zone remains seven points.

Beating Burnley would be a real boost, both in terms of the fight to secure second-tier status for a fifth season running and next week’s launch of the £179 season-card offer.

Despite a dogged display, Town came up short against fifth-placed Derby County last


And they struggled to cope with the pace of Andre Gray when Burnley won 2-1 at Turf Moor in October.

But this is another day and another match.

Gray, the Championship’s top scorer with 22, two of which were for Brentford before his Burnley-record £9m move, is an obvious danger.

But Town must also deal with Sam Vokes (12 goals) and old boy Scott Arfield (seven).

Midfield, as ever, will be a key area, with Dean Whitehead up against Joey Barton in an intriguing duel.

Town will be looking for further goals from Nahki Wells, who notched his 15th of the season against Reading.

On-loan Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Paterson has been looking good in recent games.

And could powerful wingman Sean Scannell start after making an impact from the bench against Reading on his return from a knee injury?


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