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Burnley V Wigan

Roberto Martinez takes his Wigan side to Turf Moor against a Burnley side who remain unbeaten in the Premier League at home so far this season. Sunderland are the only team thus far to register an away goal at Turf Moor which is full credit to Burnley and their football play and fan support at the stadium.

Owen Coyle has not done a good job at Burnley - he's done a fantastic job at getting Burnley to the Premier League. Since they've been here, they've had a decidedly mixed start. Their home form has been nothing short of brilliant but their away form is not good. However, their first two away goals at Blackburn will give them belief and that's what they need because despite their good start, I expect them to be fighting in the relegation spots come the end of the season.

Despite their good home form, their away form will let them down and their home fortress can only last so long before somebody besieges it. I don't believe though that the Latics will win this game, but I do think that they can get a draw from this game at the same time.

Burnley are expected to produce a backlash and prove to their fans and manager as well as themselves that Turf Moor will provide them with the comforts of a comfortable season - they could be last season's Stoke but I still think they lack something that Stoke have which means they might not do as well as Stoke and if they don't improve their away form, they may find themselves in trouble. For now, though, Burnley fans should enjoy their spell at present and it would be great if they could stay up against perhaps, some of the odds.

The Latics face an injury crisis with Chris Kirkland and Paul Scharner rated as 50-50 heading into this Turf Moor duel. However, with their reasonable depth, it shouldn't be too much of a problem and Martinez might even feel compelled to give someone else a chance to prove their worth. I want to see what Scott Sinclair is made of personally.

However, that aside, I expect that Latics will make this hard for Burnley at Turf Moor and I think a point in the bag at Turf Moor will be great and the challenge has already been set.

ROB'S PREDICTION
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Burnley still have something to prove - not at home but away from home. Anything but a win here might start some alarm bells ringing and if confidence does drop, could it be the beginning of the end for the Premier League new boys? No doubt it will be a struggle for Burnley to retain their EPL status when you take their poor away form into account and I don't think their home ground will be the fortress it is currently for much longer.

Burnley 2 Wigan 2

ROB'S FINAL THOUGHT
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Rob's away for a fortnight so I'll do my best for the predictions whilst I'm cruising around the med! I'd love for a win at Burnley and its possible. However, from now, I think Wigan might be able to progress under Martinez though I do hope the injury to Chris Kirkland isn't serious.

See you again next week for Rob's predictions and best of luck to both sides for the remainder of the campaign!

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Writer:Robin
Date:Thursday October 22 2009
Time: 6:15PM

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I reckon Burnley might shade this one - sorry folks :-(
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22/10/2009 20:14:00
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