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Burnley and Preston North End renew rivalries in Lancashire derby

4 December 2015

This Saturday, Burnley play host to Preston North End in a game that is worth so much more than three points to both sets of supporters.

Bragging rights are at stake in this Lancashire derby, which will be played out in the Sky Bet Championship for the first time in almost five years.

The pair have been kept apart in recent seasons, with the Clarets having spent time in the Premier League and Preston in Sky Bet League 1. However, both sides have returned to the Championship, and will battle it out in the division for the first time since 2011.

One meeting has taken place since their last League clash, however, in the Capital One Cup in 2013. Burnley won the contest 2-0, courtesy of goals from Kieran Trippier and Danny Ings.

Burnley have won the last three encounters, with Preston's last victory coming in the 2008/09 season, and the Clarets haven't lost to the Lilywhites at home for eight years.

Keane for action

It will be a special day for the Keane family on Saturday. For the first time since 1965, a pair of brothers are set to come up against each other at Turf Moor.

Fifty years ago, Burnley's Willie Irvine came up against his brother Bobby, who played for Stoke City.

This time around, it's Michael and Will Keane who could lock horns. Both players played their youth football at Manchester United, however Michael signed for Burnley earlier this year and has now made 39 appearances for the Clarets. Will, on the other hand, remains on the books at United, but is currently on loan at Preston.

Regardless of the scoreline – and should they both start – this is a family affair not to be missed.

Room for movement

Burnley are currently riding a run of nine Sky Bet Championship games unbeaten, but have drawn in their most recent three outings. A triumph at Turf Moor on Saturday, though, could see them catapult as high as second in the standings, should Middlesbrough, Derby County and Hull City all come unstuck.

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Preston, on the other hand, have only lost two of their last 10 games and could move up to 14th place with a win. Simon Grayson's side, like Burnley, have failed to grasp three points in any of their last three games. In fact, they've won just three matches of their 18 this term, a record that justifies their 18th-place standing.

You can follow the progress of the first Lancashire League derby since 2011 via our live Twitter feed this Saturday - @SkyBetChamp.

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