When the season's fixtures were published, it seemed a good possibility that today's match at Turf Moor would feature potential leaders of the First Division. However, few could have expected the home side rather than the visitors, Manchester City, to have their eyes on top spot.
Burnley go into this evening's game with a 100 per cent record after three matches. They share the lead with Bradford, who are in front on goal difference but have no game today.
Goals by Ian Moore and his namesake Alan gave Burnley a 2-0 win at Millwall on Saturday. Alan, the former Middlesbrough winger, is on a three-month contract and Stan Ternent, the Burnley manager, is keen to sign him on a long-term basis. "He is a top-class player and I am very happy with him," Ternent said. "I'll have to sit down with him and sort something out."
City, meanwhile, gave a good indication on Saturday of what life may be like for them under Kevin Keegan's management. After going into a 2-0 lead at home to Crewe, they conceded two goals before running out 5-2 winners. Keegan said: "It was a game which had everything and nothing – it was just unbelievable – but that's Manchester City. It's not how we plan it, it's just the way it worked."
Gillingham, Grimsby and Wolves are the teams in pursuit of the front two. Gillingham are at West Bromwich Albion today, while Grimsby travel to Portsmouth and Wolves go to Sheffield United.
Gillingham won 3-0 at home to Barnsley on Saturday and have yet to concede a League goal this season. Their manager, Andy Hessenthaler, said: "I think we learned so much from last season and we are now a lot stronger and more disciplined as a team."
Barnsley and Rotherham meet in a South Yorkshire derby, while Birmingham face Stockport in buoyant mood after a 2-1 win away to one of their local rivals, Walsall. Martin Grainger and Danny Sonner, who were both dismissed at the Bescot Stadium, are available to play.
Nottingham Forest will hope to maintain the improved form they showed in a 4-2 win over Crystal Palace when they travel to Coventry, who lost at Bradford on Friday.
* Colin Hendry, who has a knee injury, is Bolton's only absentee for the visit of Liverpool in the Premiership tonight. Liverpool hope to field Steven Gerrard despite his continuing injury problems.Reuse content