Following successive away trips we are back on home soil tonight as we welcome League Two strugglers Plymouth Argyle to Turf Moor in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Burnley v Plymouth Argyle
7.45pm – Turf Moor – Capital One Cup
The Clarets will be confident of progressing to the next round despite coming into the game on the back of two defeats as they take on a side sitting near the foot of the Football League.
Keith Treacy made a surprise substitute appearance in Saturday’s defeat to Huddersfield and the Irishman could be given an opportunity to gain some much needed match fitness along with several other fringe players.
This could mean some game time for young striker Alex MacDonald who would be coming up against the club he spent the end of last season at loan to should he be selected.
Martin Paterson will definitely miss out after assistant manager Jason Tindall revealed the striker will be sidelined for at least another week after suffering a grade one hamstring tear on the opening day of the season.
Plymouth captain Darren Purse is an injury doubt for the Pilgrims due to a calf injury the centre-back picked up during Saturday’s game with Oxford.
Defenders Robbie Williams and Durrell Berry will both be pushing for starting berths after impressing as recent substitutes.
Rhys Griffiths and Jamie Lowry will definitely be missing for Argyle.
Manager: Carl Fletcher
Eddie Howe will be coming up against a familiar face in the opposite dugout tonight as he pits his wits against former team-mate and close friend Carl Fletcher. The rookie manager initially took temporary charge of the club last season following Peter Reid’s departure during a difficult period on and off the pitch for the club. The former Welsh International impressed the Home Park hierarchy with his commitment and enthusiasm as he retired from playing himself to help lead the club to safety during a difficult campaign. Now in his first full season as a manager, Fletcher will be determined to get one over Our Eddie tonight and claim their second scalp of the season.
Plymouth beat a young Portsmouth team 3-0 in the first round of the Capital One Cup to reach this stage – but their league form has been far from impressive. They began the season disappointingly with a 2-0 defeat to Aldershot at Home Park, but the Pilgrims managed to bounce back and secure their solitary league point so far with a hard fought 0-0 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge. Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Oxford at least saw the team score their first league goal of the season, but Robbie Williams’ strike wasn’t enough to prevent Plymouth slipping to 23rd in the table.
Dangerman: Paul Wotton
Now in his second spell with the club, homegrown Paul Wotton is already a legend with the fans after helping his team win three promotions during his long Argyle career. At 35, the midfielder still plays a key role for his side in dictating their tempo from the heart of midfield. A dead ball specialist with over 50 goals to his name, the veteran midfielder will have to be watched carefully in order to nullify Plymouth’s threat tonight.
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Did You Know?
Plymouth is currently the largest city in the UK never to have had a club playing in the top-flight.