Burnley will wait as long as possible to decide whether Brian Jensen’s ankle is stable enough for the goalkeeper to play.

Peruvian international Diego Penny is waiting in the wings in case Jensen isn’t passed fit.

Burnley manager Owen Coyle has decisions to make all over the park after back to back defeats. Chris Eagles was sporadically impressive against Wigan and may have done enough to keep his place, but David Nugent, Fernando Guerrero, Kevin McDonald and Joey Gudjonsson are all banging on the door to be chosen, with Graham Alexander’s place particularly under threat after some poor performances.

Coyle may even rejig the formation and go 4-4-2 against a Hull side that is likely to play long-ball football up to their front men.

Andre Bikey could move back into the back four after some unimpressive displays in the midfield, while at the back Burnley are without a clean sheet since the return of captain Steven Caldwell to the team.

Hull have been in crisis this week with strong rumours that manager Phil Brown was about to leave the club. Instead, chairman Paul Duffen quit his post, but Brown’s position remains under threat after an appalling 2009. Another defeat could spell the end of his perma-tanned reign at the KC Stadium.

The Tigers will hope that influential midfielder Jimmy Bullard will be passed fit, with the former Fulham man still awaiting his first start for the club following his £5m move in January.

Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill is certain to miss out with Matt Duke expected to fill in.

Up front, Jozy Altidore’s lateness cost him a place on the bench in Hull’s last match, a goalless draw at home to Portsmouth, but he may be recalled for the trip to Turf Moor.

Brazilian midfielder Geovanni and giant striker, in name and in build, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink are the obvious threats for Hull, with Stephen Hunt looking to recapture his early season goalscoring form from the left flank.

Hull have only four wins in the Premier League in the whole of 2009, a record Burnley have already equalled this season. Despite defeat to Wigan destroying the Clarets’ 100% record at home last time out, the home side have to be strong favourites for the clash, with Coyle hoping his team can bounce back from two poor performances in a row.

Burnley should have too much for Hull, with Steven Fletcher looking to continue his run of goals at Turf Moor having scored in his last two games at the famous ground.

Prediction: Burnley 2-0 Hull.

This article was written for FansOnline.

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