Sean Dyche can try to extend Burnley's lead at the top to nine
But he needs a favour from the MK Dons as the Championship heads towards it's final furlong.
Aaaah the Championship. A reminder for teams in the Premier League of just how bad it could get if you go down. You could have a great fan base but not great results (Leeds) be left yo-yoing between leagues (not Leeds) or get stuck with a manager who doesn’t really know what he’s doing (kind of Leeds). Burnley are having none of those problems, as they’ve stormed seven points clear with nine games to go.
Preston vs QPR – 3pm Saturday
Four wins on the trot helped Preston go above QPR in the table at the start of the year. They could be overtaken by the Hoops if Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (he of pub quiz question fame) can get a third win in a row for the first time as manager.
The stats going forward don’t look great for the home side. They’ve scored just 17 goals at Deepdale and had the second fewest number of passes.At the back though, they’ve only conceded 15 goals at home, and made the fewest defensive errors in the division.
The Rangers haven’t won away in their last four games, and tend to fade in the second half when away from Loftus Road. Go with the form and back a Preston win at
Bristol City vs Bolton – 3pm Saturday
Bolton are being taken over, but life under Sports Shield began roughly with the departure of Neil Lennon. The Trotters are 11 points off of safety, and are almost certain to be relegated. Bristol City are trying to go the other way sitting four points clear of relegation at time of writing.
But they have the worst home form in the top three divisions, with just 18 points from their 18 home games. The good news for the Robins? Bolton only have four points from their 18 away games. Bristol City win at
Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton – 3pm Saturday
The race for 6th is usually one you want to avoid in the Premier League, but that’s not the case in the second tier.
There’s currently four teams in a scrap for the last playoff place, with Sheffield Wednesday holding the advantage at the moment. One slip could let Ipswich, Cardiff or Birmingham in though. The Owls shouldn’t slip up at Hillsbrough on Saturday against Charlton, who despite a couple of fantastic results in their last three games, are still five points from safety.
They’ve conceded more than any other club away from home, but strangely have the highest shot accuracy in the division (51%) – but taking the second lowest number of shots might have something to do with that. Sheffield Wednesday win at
Birmingham City vs Fulham – 3pm Saturday
As mentioned above, Birmingham are one of the sides in position to take advantage of a Wednesday slip up, but they have to keep the pressure on against an off-form Fulham side.
Brum have dealt well with the loss of Demarai Gray, losing just three times since the winger moved to Leicester on the 4th of January. Their defence has tightened up, they’ve suffered the most fouls of any top half team, and have scored in each of their last seven home games.
Fulham have the second best attack in the division, but sit one point off relegation. 63 goals conceded, three straight home losses. They badly need three points. It’ll all come down to how the teams line out, Jon Toral is loving his time in the midlands and he is key to what will be a tight Birmingham win at
Burnley vs Wolves – 3pm Saturday
Sean Dyche – tactical genius! His Burnley side peaked at the perfect time this season. Their draw with Ipswich on the 2nd of January left them 10 points off the top spot. One FA Cup win over Middlesbrough later, and they haven’t looked back, winning ten of their next 12 and now they sit seven clear at the summit. They’re unbeaten in 14 and haven’t conceded at Turf Moor since the end of January.
It’s a tough task for Kenny Jackett to try and master. Wolves are lounging safely in mid table until May, they won’t go up and they won’t go down.
With Wolves having nothing to play for, I expect Burnley to keep on rolling towards an instant return to the top tier. Burnley win at
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