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Burnley are on a five-match losing streak. Photo credit: Mick C.

Sunderland v Burnley

Burnley would be ten points clear of the relegation zone with nine games remaining if they come away from the Stadium of Light with a victory.

A hat-trick from Andre Gray helped the Clarets cruise to a 4-1 win when the two sides met at Turf Moor last December.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche will be desperate to see his side end a poor run of form which has seen them pick up just two points from a possible 15 in their last five games.

Blackburn v PNE

A win for either side in this Lancashire derby would be hugely significant with Preston North End looking to make a late push for the play-offs whilst Blackburn need as many points as possible in order to avoid relegation.

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has not lost since taking charge a few weeks ago and will be keen to continue that run entering the final stage of the season. However North End will be highly motivated to end their unbeaten streak with the chance to move just three points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday if they win.

PNE have claimed three victories in their past five games whilst Blackburn are looking for their first win since edging another North-West rival, Wigan Athletic.

Fleetwood v Wimbledon

Town continue their quest to achieve automatic promotion when they host Wimbledon at Highbury Stadium.

The Trawlermen came from behind to salvage a point in the reverse fixture, Conor McLaughlin’s stoppage-time strike ensuring the match finished 2-2.

Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler will be keen for a positive result at home after being thrashed 4-2 by fellow promotion contenders Bolton last week, ending an 18-match unbeaten streak.

Yeovil Town v Accrington

Victory at Huish Park could see Accrington further dampen any relegation worries by moving 15 points clear of the drop zone with 10 games left.

Stanley looked to be heading for their fourth successive league defeat when the two sides met back in November, before Rommy Boco scored an injury-time equaliser to stop the rot.

Accrington boss John Coleman has seen his side gain a new lease of life in recent weeks, with four wins out of their last seven games.

Newport v Blackpool

Blackpool could move into the League Two play-off places if they can come away from Newport with all three points tomorrow.

The Seasiders cruised to an emphatic 4-1 victory in the reverse fixture, with three goals in a 22-minute second-half spell helping the Lancashire outfit to brush County aside.

You have to go back over a month ago to find the previous time the Tangerines lost – Portsmouth were the last side to claim maximum points against Pool.

Plymouth v Morecambe

Morecambe could climb one place into 14th if they cause a major upset and come away from promotion-favourites Plymouth with all three points.

With the scores tied at 1-1 in the last meeting, the Shrimps’ Peter Murphy provided the winning goal which consigned 10-man Plymouth to defeat.

With just one win in their past five matches, Morecambe boss Jim Bentley will be keen to see an upturn in his side’s form sooner rather than later.


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