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Nic Ladds 19th Dec 2009 - 17:37

Wolves will huff and puff but Burnley can blow them down

Burnley will be most disappointed to see that Mick McCarthy has recalled most of the team that he rested midweek and as a result the home side are 11/10 favourites.

Owen Coyle must wish that every game was a Turf Moor as if it was they would be near the top of the Premier League but that's not the way it works and Burnley still go in search of their first away win and this could be their best opportunity to do it at odds of 13/5.

McCarthy came under criticism last week for resting his first team for the trip to Old Trafford and they should pack more punch with Kevin Doyle (5/1 for first goal) and Sylvain Ebanks - Blake (6/1) looking to penetrate a leaky Burnley defence that have conceded at least two goals in each of their away matches.

Burnley's spirits will in the sky though as they drew against Arsenal midweek with Graham Alexander (16/1) once again on target from the spot and Wolves have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 Premier League games at Molineux and Steven Fletcher (7/1) has looked by far the most dangerous striker for the away side with Chris Eagles (5/1 to score anytime) and Robbie Blake (10/3) providing ample support from midfield.

Putting any faith in either side to keep a clean sheet (Wolves 29/20, Burnley 13/5) looks a risky bet and 0-0 at 9/1 although big looks one to avoid but the draw at 9/4 or a high scoring 2-2 (14/1) or 3-3 (66/1) may well capture the imagination of some given how closely matched these two look.

While Burnley have an appalling away record the feeling is that they play so well at home that it has to come to an end some point but it would take a brave man to back them on the match betting although they do appeal more than Wolves.

Both teams to score at 8/11 looks like an early Christmas present and as result a correct score of 3-2 either way at 25/1 for Wolves and 33/1 for Burnley could be worth a wager at a big price while a more low key 2-1 is 13/2 in favour of the home side and 9/1 for the Clarets.

Burnley have made a lot of friends this season and they could make some more for their backers on Sunday, Wolves have pulled the odd result out at home but nothing out of the ordinary.

Burnley are chanced to end their barren away run with a victory with 3-2 worth a bet at 33/1 while Steven Fletcher looks the man to break the deadlock at 7/1 and leave McCarthy wishing he'd given his players another week's rest.

Both teams to score - 8/11

Steven Fletcher to score first - 7/1


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