Blackburn Rovers v Burnley

Luciano Spalletti, Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan

Burnley head to Ewood Park on Wednesday, taking an early break from their league campaign to face Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup.

The Clarets made the best possible start to the Premier League season with a surprise 3-2 win over reigning champions Chelsea, with all three goals arriving before halftime at Stamford Bridge. But their second match was less spectacular, losing 1-0 at home to West Brom.

Rovers have also had an inconsistent start to the league season, losing two and winning two from their opening four League One matches, the most recent of which was a 1-0 triumph over Bradford City. The last two times they met the Clarets, back when both were in the Championship in 2015/16, it ended in 1-0 defeats for Blackburn.

Ahead of the tie, Blackburn winger Craig Conway said: "It as almost inevitable that we were going to get drawn against Burnley", their derby rivals.

"I think it is brilliant for everybody involved, it gives the place a boost as well," Conway said. "I've played in the derby before and it is brilliant, especially at home as well. So hopefully there'll be a great atmosphere as I'm sure there will be."

In team news, Burnley’s only major injury absentee is Dean Marney, who is out long-term with a knee injury. The match could see a debut for the club’s new record signing Chris Wood.

"He brings a thirst for a goal, which obviously you want in any striker, and he brings a belief in himself," said Clarets boss Sean Dyche. "I think that’s grown over a few seasons and he’s a player I’ve liked for a long time now."

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