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3 things to look out for in the Preston North End vs Burnley match

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On Friday night, promotion chasing Burnley make the short trip to local Lancashire rivals Preston North End.

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Preston now technically have nothing to play for as both play-offs and relegation are out of their reach, but that does not mean that they will sit back and be walked all over.

Burnley on the other hand, have everything to play for as they sit in second position with Brighton right behind them, level on points.

If Burnley don’t take all three points from this one, it could seriously damage their automatic hopes with just two games to play after this.

FLW writer Tom Rawcliffe picks out THREE things to look out for in this Lancashire derby……

1) Revenge

Last time these sides met, Preston surprised a lot of people as they blew the Clarets away in a 2-0 unexpected victory at Turf Moor.

On that day, Burnley never really showed up but they will do everything they can to make this day very different.

Nobody likes losing to their rivals so Burnley will be hoping that they can take the bragging rights from this affair, and also put themselves in pole position to win promotion to the Premier League.

2) Attacking threats

This derby has produced some brilliant affairs in recent times, including a non-stop 4-3, so we can be sure to expect goals from this one.

It goes without saying that the main goal threat in the game has got to be Championsip top scorer Andre Gray who has 24 goals to his name this season.

After signing from Brentford, he has been an absolute revelation and almost always pops up with a goal.

For Preston, the man to look out for at the moment is striker Jermaine Beckford. After returning from injury in March, he has started once for North End scoring in that game.

In all the other matches since his return he also came on as a substitute and it seems that Grayson has been building up his match fitness to unleash him from the start in this one.

And if Beckford does start and is fully fit, he is definitely a threat as he showed last season scoring 18 goals in 30 games for the Lilywhites last season.

3) Burnley’s incredible run

The Clarets have been playing fantastically in 2016, pushing them into the automatic promotion places after occupying a place in the play-off places for most of 2015.

They have not yet been beaten in 2016 in a run which has now lasted 20 matches. It’s an unbelievable run of form and after all their hard work to get here, it would be a shame for them to mess up their chances of the automatics by a defeat which could make all the difference.

It is so tight at the top that this result could be make or break for Burnley and it is pivotal that they take all the 3 points, but that is very much easier said than done.

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