The Clarets return to action, along with the fans when they travel to Oldham Athletic if this Saturday for their first pre-season game, that is not behind closed doors.

For the hosts, this will be their third friendly outing, following wins over lower league opposition Stalybridge and Ashton United, and a 2-1 loss at home to Wigan.

These two sides haven't faced off since 2011, in a friendly. Looking at competitive fixtures, you have to go back 13 years to Burnley's 3-0 EFL Cup victory.

Team News

Burnley

The Clarets have a fit, refreshed squad ahead of this pre-season tie, with 'keeper Nick Pope expected to return to the squad after knee surgery ended his season, and hopes of representing his country at the European Championships.

Despite this, Wayne Hennessey may start after joining the club earlier in the week.

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New signing Nathan Collins should feature for the first time in front of the returning fans, and James Tarkowski will hope to get minutes on his return to his first professional club.

Oldham

Keith Curle's Latics side boast multiple new signing to show off to the Boundary Park faithful.

Defenders Sam Hart, Jordan Clarke, Harrison McGahey and Alan Sheehan have joined Curle's side and are expected to somewhat feature in this game.

Other signings include 'keeper Jayson Leutwiler and forward Hallam Hope.

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Predicted Lineups

Burnley

Hennessey, Lowton, Collins, Tarkowski, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra.

Oldham

Leutwiler, McGahey, Piergianni, Jameson, Sutton, Whelan, Adams, Hart, Bahamboula, Keillor-Dunn, Hope.

Ones to watch

James Tarkowski is returning to his former club for this game, where he came through the youth team and began his first team career.

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The 6ft 1in defender made 72 appearances for The Latics and will relish a return to his former stomping ground.

Heavily-linked with a move away from Turf Moor this summer, it looks as though the key centre-half is staying for the season that starts here.

Dylan Bahamboula put in some stellar performances for an Oldham team that finished 18th in League Two last season.

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Curle's side will look to avoid another rather lacklustre season which was only made better by the Congolese international.

Bahamboula registered 8 goals and 6 assists last term and will be looking to build on that, starting with a good performance here.

Kick-off time

The game at Boundary Park will kick-off at 1pm this Saturday, and highlights will be made available on Burnley's YouTube channel following the match.

 

 

 

 

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