Championship leaders Burnley hope to extend their lead at the top of the Championship to 7 points today as they take on mid-table Wolves.
After Middlesbrough’s late win over Hull last night their lead at the top has been trimmed but Burnley are one of the few sides showing consistency this season and are on a streak of 6 wins in a row.
They haven’t lost at home all year and have won there last 5 home matches and have the best home record in the Championship.
They have the third best defence in the Championship, which is typical under Sean Dyche who likes to set his team up defensively like he did a couple of seasons ago in Burnley’s promotion winning season.
They possess one of the best midfield duos in the country and Joey Barton has been solid in the middle of the park.
They also have the league’s top scorer in Andre Gray, who has 22 goals since his move from Brentford and he has been helped out by the returning Sam Vokes and talented wingers Scott Arfield and George Boyd.
A win over Wolves will take them one step closer to an immediate Premier League return.
On the flip side Wolves have had a very disappointing season compared to last year where they finished just outside the play-off places.
Their attacking trio of Bakary Sako, Nouha Dicko and Benik Afobe has been broken up by being sold or suffered season ending injuries.
Since selling Richard Stearman in the summer to Fulham they have been calamitous at the back, conceding 50 goals and have been poor on the goal front with just 42 goals.
They only have 2 wins from the start of January and will be settling for mid-table mediocrity this season and there record of 3 straight away defeats and only 1 away win all year makes for worrying reading. Yet they are better on there travels than they are away from home but it is still fair to say they would take a point right now.
Here are THREE things to look out for in the game:
1) Burnley defence
Burnley have only conceded 12 goals at home all season which is one of the best records in the division with only Middlesbrough and Hull bettering it. They have only conceded 1 goal at home all year which was in a 4-1 win over Derby.
The partnership between the equally impressive Michael Keane and Ben Mee looks better every game and it is hard to see Wolves breaking it down as they only have 3 goals away from home all year.
They have no natural striker as they did last year and the misfiring Bjorn Sigurdarson will lead the line again. What Burnley have done well is protect there defence using Joey Barton and David Jones who are both having excellent seasons.
2) Can Burnley run away with it?
With all the sides faltering around them, Burnley are the only side showing any kind of consistency with 8 wins in there last 10 and 6 wins in a row.
A draw between Middlesbrough and Hull last night would of had them 6 points clear at the top but David Nugent’s late goal cut there lead down to 4. But still they have a 6 point lead over third-placed Brighton and promotion is very much in there hands.
They know that one bad result can trigger a domino affect of bad results though and there experience of getting promoted before is a big help. A win today against Wolves will give them an 11 point lead over Hull and there run in is relatively simple. It is hard to see anyone stopping Burnley with there best players coming back from injury and there mentality looks strong.
3) Can Wolves end in a flourish?
It’s hard to see the lacklustre Wolves defence being able to contain players like Andre Gray and Sam Vokes today and few Wolves fans will be expecting a result.
Their fans are still angry with the owner and manager for letting their best players go at the end of last season instead of building on solid foundation.
Wolves only have 2 wins since January and there away record is appalling and with Turf Moor being a fortress they will struggle to get anything out of today’s game.
George Saville has been there bright spark this season but with no natural goalscorer in the side it is hard to see them breaking down the resolute Burnley defence.
Burnley and Wolves fans…What are your predictions for the game? Will the Clarets extend their lead at the top of the Championship? Can Wolves cause a shock result and earn a long-awaited away win? Let us know what you think in the comments below!