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The Clarets have yet to lose a home league game in 2017. Photo credit: Chris Heaton.

Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur

Burnley have the chance to climb three places into 10th if they can cause an upset against second-placed Tottenham at Turf Moor.

The Clarets took an early lead, courtesy of Ashley Barnes, when the two sides met at White Hart lane but goals from Dele Alli and Danny Rose ensured Spurs clinched all three points.

A narrow 1-0 victory over Leicester City in late January was the last time Burnley claimed a Premier League victory but Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be fully aware of the Clarets’ imperious home form – They have lost just three league games this season.

Preston North End v Nottingham Forest

Three points tomorrow would keep alive Preston’s hopes of a late push to make the play-offs when they welcome Nottingham Forest to Deepdale.

A Simon Makienok strike on the stroke of half-time looked to have ensured PNE would be leaving the City Ground with all three points but an own goal from Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell meant the game finished all square.

North End are currently on a three-match unbeaten streak, most recently avoiding defeat away to Lancashire rivals Blackburn after an injury-time equalizer from Aiden McGeady.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackburn Rovers

Should Blackburn upset the odds and come away from promotion-chasing Brighton with a victory they could move three points clear of the relegation zone.

A second-half brace from Sam Gallagher, on a season-long loan from Southampton, wasn’t enough when the two sides last met as Brighton secured a 3-2 victory against ten-man Rovers at Ewood Park.

Blackburn have yet to lose since Tony Mowbray has taken charge but he will know five draws in seven matches will not help the club avoid the drop.

Fleetwood Town v Swindon Town

If Fleetwood still harbour ambitions of finishing in the automatic promotion places a win at home tomorrow against relegation-threatened Swindon is essential – second-placed Bolton are currently six points clear.

There was nothing to choose in the previous clash between the two sides, David Ball’s goal cancelling out Luke Norris’ early opener for the hosts.

The Trawlermen are currently unbeaten in their last three matches but Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler will be keen to see his side get back to winning ways after successive draws.

Luton Town v Blackpool

Blackpool could move above Stevenage into fourth and cement their place in the play-offs if go to fellow promotion hopefuls Luton and come away with the win.

Goals from Jack Marriott and Cameron McGeehan ensured it was the Hatters who emerged victorious when the two sides last met.

The Seasiders will be full of confidence when they travel down to Bedfordshire after a run which has seen them go nine games unbeaten.

Cheltenham Town v Morecambe

Morecambe could climb three places into 16th if they clinch all three points against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road tomorrow.

Peter Murphy gave the Shrimps an early lead during the previous meeting between the two sides but then Morecambe’s Alex Kenyon was shown a straight red card before two second-half goals in one minute handed Town the win.

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley will be glad it is a new month when his side takes to the field tomorrow – They lost all six games in March.

Plymouth Argyle v Accrington Stanley

Stanley could climb two places into 11th if they can cause an upset and come away from second-placed Plymouth with the win.

A solitary strike from Argyle’s Craig Tanner was enough to clinch all three points when the two sides last met.

Accrington manager John Coleman will be hoping for more of the same during April after seeing his side go on a run of 11 games unbeaten.


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