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Burnely have taken eight from a possible 21 points in 2017. Photo credit: Jack Tanner

Swansea v Burnley

Burnley can move back into the top half of the table with victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Leroy Fer’s goal was the difference between the two teams during the previous meeting on the opening day of the season.

The Clarets have struggled for points away from home with the 1-1 draw at Hull last week ending a run of four consecutive league defeats on the road.

Blackburn v Wigan

New Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray will be keen to record a second successive victory and come out on top in the relegation battle when Wigan travel to Ewood Park.

The Latics ran riot in the reverse fixture easing to a comfortable 3-0 victory and securing their first three points since earning promotion from League One.

If Rovers back up the mid-week victory against Derby County by claiming all three points against Wigan it would be the first time they have won back-to-back league matches since November.

Fulham v PNE

Preston North End could end Saturday three points away from a play-off spot if they beat Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Simon Grayson’s men were made to wait a little longer for their first Deepdale win when the two sides met back in August as the Cottagers came away with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Sone Aluko and Matt Smith.

A narrow 1-0 win over Burton Albion is the only time PNE have picked up all three points on their travels so far in 2017.

Scunthorpe v Fleetwood

An away win at Scunthorpe would see Town leapfrog the Glanford Park club and into the automatic promotion spots.

The last time these two sides met, the points were shared as both teams played out a 2-2 draw at Highbury Stadium.

The Trawlermen will be hoping to maintain an incredible run which has seen them go unbeaten for the past 17 league matches.

Accrington v Barnet

Stanley have the chance to move up three places if they emerge victorious against Barnet at the Wham Stadium.

The Bees swarmed to a 2-0 victory when the two sides faced each other at The Hive Stadium near the start of the season.

Accrington manager John Coleman will be looking to maintain a rich vein of recent form which has seen them take points off league leaders Doncaster as well as play-off hopefuls Colchester and Wycombe.

Blackpool v Morecambe

Both teams will know that a win tomorrow could maintain their hopes of making the play-offs.

A Jack Dunn penalty and Michael Rose strike ensured the Shrimps claimed the victory back in August at the Globe Arena.

The Seasiders have lost just once in their last seven matches whilst Jim Bentley’s men picked up nine out of a possible 15 points away from home last month, including draws against promotion favourites Portsmouth and Doncaster.


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