Burnley will host Ipswich Town today in a bid to get their promotion bid back on track with all 3 points, and also to distance themselves from 7th placed Sheffield Wednesday, as the gap gets increasingly smaller between 5th and 6th.
Ipswich have closed the gap to just a single point, and after an early stumble, succumbing to a 5-1 defeat against a Reading side who were flying high at the time, they have got their season back on track, and are now 4 points clear of 7th place, and only 8 points off automatic promotion territory.
When last season’s Championship top scorer Daryl Murphy gets back to his best, the Tractor Boys could be a real force in this division, and could then launch a serious attempt on automatic promotion.
With both sides needing a win, we are sure to get a thrilling encounter.
Here are THREE things to watch out for in this match:
1) Daryl Murphy
The Irish striker failed to score for the majority of the first half of the season, but has been in fine form in recent weeks and is starting to recapture his form in front of goal.
If he turns up here, Burnley could be in for a long afternoon as Murphy is one of the most dangerous forwards in the Championship.
He is a huge player for Ipswich and he could be important if they are to reach the play-offs again this season.
2) Andre Gray
Burnley fought off Premier League interest to land the Brentford striker in the summer, and their hard work seems to have paid off, with Gray hovering around the top of the goalscoring charts.
His pace and power could be extremely difficult for Ipswich to deal with, and could pull the Clarets over the line.
Gray has dealt with the pressure of his inflated price tag superbly and Sean Dyche will be desperate for promotion in order to ensure that he doesn’t lose the 24-year-old.
3) Ipswich’s approach
The Tractor Boys will most likely fancy their chances against this Burnley side, and will know that they can be shaky if put under extensive pressure.
It will be interesting to see whether Mick McCarthy gives the fans what they want, and sets his side up to attack from the kick-off and try to gain an insurmountable lead.
Mick McCarthy is an experienced boss but he isn’t afraid to gamble and take a risk with his line-up.
Burnley and Ipswich fans…What are your predictions for the match? Can the Clarets secure an immediate return to the Premier League? Will Ipswich reach the play-offs again? Let us know what you think in the comments below!