City v Burnley. Match preview

Last updated : 11 November 2006 By Michael Morris
Kerrea Gilbert would have returned but his shoulder injury has ruled him out for the forseeable future so James Chambers keeps his place.

There's been no official confirmation on Chambers' future. City want him to stay. His loan spell ends after the game today.

"We're in the process of trying to keep James Chambers. He's made it known he would like to stay," said Dave Jones.

"But we'll still have to speak to Watford and see if they want him to stay. We're trying to get hold of them now, if not it will be after the Burnley game that we try and confirm it with Watford one way or the other.

"We can only keep him until January anyway then we have to decide. But it's more a case of trying to get the extension to the loan and taking things from there.

"But he's here for Burnley and that's the important one at this moment in time."

City therefore are expected to line up

Alexander, Chambers, Purse, Loovens, McNaughton, Parry, Scimeca, McPhail, Ledley, Campbell and Chopra.

There was talk yesterday that Alan Smith coud be playing but those thoughts were a bit previous. Smth has not agreed to sign for City yet let alone make today's game.

Burnley flew down to Cardiff last night and bring with them an unbeaten away record. They have won 4 and drawn 3 of their seven trips away. Cardiff are unbeaten at home.

Victory for City will keep them top, victory for Burnley could see them go top if Preston suffer the same fate as Man Utd when they visit Roots Hall this afternoon.