The race for the Sky Bet Championship title is a hotly contested one, with a number of teams still in with a serious shout of lifting the coveted trophy.
Burnley, Brighton, Middlesbrough and Hull City are the four teams most likely to challenge for the title, but who’ll win it? We asked the Football League World writers who they thought would win it….
Lee Clarke – Burnley
Burnley – Since the turn of the year many teams have struggled to find any sort of consistency – with the exception of the Clarets.
Sean Dyche has done a magnificent job to get the team focused and ready to make an assault on the Premier League once again, following their relegation last season and for that he deserved immense credit.
One thing Dyche does do pretty well is assembling a really strong starting eleven and his team very rarely changes from one week to the next.
In Andre Gray and Sam Vokes they have two of the most potent strikers in the division, whilst Joey Barton and George Boyd would walk into most bottom half Premier League teams.
Elliott Wheat-Bowen – Burnley
For me, Burnley are the side that I think will be champions.
Sean Dyche already has the experience and know-how to get promoted from this league and this time round, he has a far more well-rounded and better squad to do so.
Although they aren’t the most attractive team to watch, they’re the most resilient and do the basics the best and are capable of grinding out a result.
Compared to the other promotion rivals, Burnley seems to be handling the pressure the best and are in the best position with a four point gap already.
Ashley Williams – Burnley
The side have been on a phenomenal run and arguably possess the strongest side in the league under the capable hands of Sean Dyche.
They have gone 15 games undefeated and picked up 37 points out of a possible 45 in that run, which is very impressive. Also it is handy when you have the prolific Andre Gray up front who has caused the Championship defence nightmares all season.
They will be confident that they can pick up as many points as they can in their final 8 games as half of those games are sides that are struggling or have nothing to play for.
Ryan Evans – Burnley
Unbeaten in 16 league matches, a run stretching all the way back to Boxing Day, there is one clear favourite for the league title in my opinion, and that is Burnley.
Their decision to stick by manager Sean Dyche following their relegation from the Premier League last season was refreshing, as all too often managers don’t get the opportunity to earn their side promotion back.
Dyche now looks nailed on to get his side back, and ever since the turn of the year, their form has been that of champions.
Lead by the likes of Joey Barton, Andre Gray and Tom Heaton, I can’t see any team getting close to the Clarets this season.
Tom Percival – Burnley
For me, it has to be Burnley as they look to strong for the chasing pack at this moment in time.
Their squad is not too dissimilar from the side who completed the job two years ago, and they’ve adequately replaced the hole left by Danny Ings with the capable Andre Gray.
On top of this, they have a fantastic manager in Sean Dyche.
The job he has done at Turf Moor has been remarkable, and should they have another go at the Premier League, I would back him to succeed.
Lee Connor – Burnley
Burnley will win the Championship in my opinion.
They have the best striker in the league, a manager who knows what he is doing, and a solid defence.
In Joey Barton they pulled off probably the signing of the season in all honesty, and they have hit form at the right time.
Be a miracle for me if they chuck that points gap away. Their fixtures are favourable, and they only play Brighton and Middlesbrough from the top 6. I think if they beat Brighton this weekend, then its game over.
Rafie Thompson – Burnley
Sean Dyche is a top class manager, obviously his first Premier League venture ended in failure but I think his Burnley side definitely have enough to win the Championship this season.
Brighton are looking strong but I can’t see Burnley dropping points, the likes of Sam Vokes, Ben Mee and the experience of Joey Barton are all crucial and they have plenty of depth in case of injury.
Reece Chambers – Burnley
They have been in the mix of the title race for the majority of the season.
With the experience Sean Dyche has of getting Burnley out of the Sky Bet Championship before, you’d be a fool to not back them to make an instant comeback to the Premier League.
They have won 7 of their last 10 matches – only dropping 6 points.
With that type of form, in conjunction with a 4 point lead over Hull City in second, The Clarets are definitely my pick for this season’s Sky Bet Championship title winners.