Burnley will look to bounce back from derby day defeat to Blackburn Rovers by recording their twelfth straight victory at Turf Moor tomorrow against Wigan Athletic.

Burnley boss Owen Coyle must decide whether to stick with the same eleven men or to mix things up, with Chris Eagles in particular pushing for a start after an impressive goalscoring cameo at Ewood Park.

Coyle also has Fernando Guerrero to call upon after the Ecuadorian winger made his return from a hamstring injury by playing the full ninety minutes in this week’s reserve team win at Manchester City.

However, it is defence where Coyle may look to make changes, with the back line not managing to keep a clean sheet since the 1-0 win over Everton in just the third match of the season. However, only Chelsea have a better defensive record at home this season, with one goal conceded to Burnley’s two.

Andre Bikey could be the man to drop into the back line with Clarke Carlisle or the skipper Steven Caldwell making way, but Coyle may prefer the Cameroonian’s strength, power and pace in midfield against a physical and strong Latics side.

Wigan stars Chris Kirkland and Paul Scharner are both rated as no more than 50-50 to take part by Latics boss Roberto Martinez but other than those doubts the visitors have a full squad to choose from with no long-term absentees.

Hugo Rodallega is the only man to have scored more than twice in the league for Wigan this season and he is the clear danger man for the Clarets to keep an eye on. Charles N’Zogbia’s pace off the flank will also be an asset for Wigan on the break. Former Swansea striker Jason Scotland scored twice at Turf Moor last season and he will be looking to add to that tally tomorrow, though he might have to be content with making an appearance from the bench.

Wigan sit fourteenth in the Premier League but will leapfrog tenth place Burnley if they win. The Latics have only avoided defeat once on the road all season and that was on the opening day of the league campaign at Villa Park when they picked up a surprise 2-0 win.

Although Burnley have swept aside all opposition at Turf Moor this season Wigan could arguably provide the biggest threat so far. Confidence is likely to have taken a knock following the defeat at Ewood Park and many of the performances from Burnley men were well below par. But there are positives to take from the defeat at Ewood Park as Burnley notched their first away goals in the Premier League.

For the first time this season the pressure is on to produce a good performance and a positive result, with October’s home matches long targeted as a great chance to get important points on the board.

But it Burnley play as well as they have done all season at Turf Moor, there is no reason why they cannot stretch the winning streak out further and climb back up the league table. Much will depend on the fitness of Kirkland and Scharner for the Latics. If the pair are passed fit, the boost to Martinez’ men could carry them to at least a draw.

Prediction: 1-1.

This article was written for FansOnline Burnley.

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