Burnley v Hull City preview
Burnley host a struggling Hull City side hoping to get back to winning ways at Turf Moor.
By Steve Pass
Last Updated: 30/10/09 4:00pm
Burnley host Hull City on Saturday hoping to get back to winning ways at Turf Moor - and in doing so heap more pressure on under-fire Tigers boss Phil Brown.
Burnley chief Owen Coyle knows it will be his side's home form which can keep the Clarets in the top flight and so far so good at Turf Moor.
Although the Clarets lost 3-1 to Wigan last time out, Coyle's side had previously rattled up four wins on the bounce at home, including the big-name scalps of Manchester United, Everton and Sunderland.
They will fancy their chances of getting back to winning ways against opposition who are suffering problems both on and off the field.
On the pitch, Hull are languishing in the bottom three and have yet to win on their travels this term.
The Tigers' lack of bite was again exposed when Brown's side failed to break down rock-bottom Portsmouth in a dour stalemate at the KC Stadium last weekend.
Off the pitch, chairman Paul Duffen resigned from his post this week, robbing the under-fire Brown of a staunch supporter in the boardroom.
Coyle will give goalkeeper Brian Jensen "every chance" to recover from the injury he sustained in last weekend's home defeat to Wigan.
X-rays revealed the Burnley shot-stopper, who has yet to resume full training, had suffered only slight ligament damage to his ankle so Diego Penny is on stand-by for Saturday's clash should he be needed.
Stephen Jordan suffered a thigh strain in the same game but he is expected to recover in time.
The Clarets are still without long-term absentees Martin Paterson, Chris McCann (both knee) and Jay Rodriguez (ankle).
Hull will be without goalkeeper Boaz Myhill for the vital trip after the Wales international injured his medial knee ligaments in the closing stages of last weekend's goalless draw with Pompey.
Tony Warner could come in for Myhill for this clash, although Brown is hopeful he will not prove a long-term absentee.
Star midfielder Jimmy Bullard did not train with his team-mates on Thursday due to a shin injury and a decision is still to be made on his participation at Turf Moor.
Possible starting XIs
Burnley: Penny, Alexander, Jordan, Mears, Bikey, Caldwell, Carlisle, Elliott, Blake, Fletcher, Nugent
Hull: Warner, Gardner, Dawson, Mendy, Zayatte, McShane, Hunt, Geovanni, Marney, Olofinjana, Vennegoor of Hesselink