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Match Preview: Burnley

1 August 2014

Bloomfield Road - Saturday - 3PM

On the back of a busy week at Bloomfield Road, José Riga’s Blackpool side will test themselves against Premier League opposition when Burnley arrive at the seaside on Saturday.

Fresh from their promotion last season, The Clarets will provide a stern test to Blackpool, who’ll have a number of new faces featuring in their starting line-up.

With one week to go until the big kick-off Riga will take a further look at his squad, with Pool’s only previous friendly coming against non-league Penrith a fortnight ago.

Two trialists from that day, Jacob Mellis and Nathan Delfouneso, have since signed permanently for the club, and were joined by a number of other fresh signings this week.

Saturday’s visitors have endured a mixed pre-season so far, after an 8-0 mauling of Austrian part-timers Grossklein, The Clarets edged past Accrington, before losing at Preston on Tuesday.

The clash will provide former-goalkeeper Matt Gilks with a quick return to Bloomfield Road, after he left for Burnley earlier this summer, on the back of six seasons with Pool.

Dyche has added further quality to his squad in the close-season with the additions of Lukas Jutkiewicz, Marvin Sordell, Matt Taylor, Steven Reid and Michael Kightly.

Team News
Tomasz Cywka, Mellis, Peter Clarke and Delfouneso all signed on the dotted line this week and are set to face Dyche’s men.

Tom Barkhuizen will miss out with a knee injury, while Steve Davies and Gary MacKenzie are also expected to be ruled out through injury.

Up The Pool
A smaller version of the matchday programme will be available from around Bloomfield Road on Saturday for just £1.50. Inside are interviews with Pool’s new recruits Clarke and Cywka, as well as the usual coverage of the opposition and links between the two sides.

Supporters can pay on the day at Bloomfield Road, where the ticket office will be open from 9am until kick-off. The prices are as follows:

Adults: £15, Seniors: £10, Under-16s: £5

Match Officials
Graham Salisbury is the man in charge at Bloomfield Road, while his assistants are Simeon Lucas and Bob Roberts, and the fourth official is Barry Cropp.

Salisbury’s last competitive match came in last season’s League One play-offs, when he officiated Peterborough's 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient.

VIDEO: Cywka is set for a first match in tangerine.

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