Back Burnley in table-topper

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: March 26 2014, 23:31 GMT

Our tipster Craig Chisnall previews this weekend's Football League action with Burnley backed to beat Leicester.

Sam Vokes: Key man in Burnley's promotion charge
Sam Vokes: Key man in Burnley's promotion charge

There's a great game in prospect at Turf Moor this weekend as leaders Leicester head to second-placed Burnley.

Barring a collapse of Devon Loch proportions, this will be a Premier League fixture next season with QPR 10 points behind the Clarets and games running out.

While the Foxes were tipped by many to go well this term, Sean Dyche's men barely got a look in as contenders - particularly when they sold star striker Charlie Austin to QPR on the eve of the season.

But Dyche, surely Football League manager of the year, has done a magnificent job.

Strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have both reached double figures and despite star man Ings missing the last three they've not dropped a point in that run.

Right-back Kieran Trippier, another key component of their success, has also been injured for the last couple but new recruit Chris Baird has slotted in seamlessly.

They remain unbeaten in the league at home this term, winning 13 of those games and conceding just 11 times.

The Foxes have drawn their last two games. They needed a last-gasp equaliser from Chris Wood, who has been given the goal despite video evidence pointing to it being goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's, to earn a point at home to Yeovil and Burnley are now just three points behind them.

The home win is offered at 2/1 and that's plenty long enough to catch my eye.

In League One, Notts County are putting together their version of the great escape at long last last and are an attractive 13/10 to see off Colchester.

A week ago Shaun Derry's men looked dead and buried having lost five in six to sit bottom and seven points from safety.

But after hammering Carlisle 4-1 on Saturday and then backing it up with a 3-1 win at Crewe on Tuesday they are now just two points from safety.

They have a striker in Ronan Murray finding form with four goals in three starts since being restored to their team and that bodes well for the run in.

A win over the U's, who are far from safe themselves, would drag the visitors deeper into trouble and after giving themselves a lifeline I expect County to add another three points.

No team in the Football League can match York's stunning run in League Two - and they are too good to ignore at home to Burton.

The Minstermen were in danger of being dragged into a second successive relegation scrap before Christmas.

Not any longer as a run of six straight wins in an unbeaten run since the end of January has catapulted them into the play-off places. And it's their stunning defensive record that has laid the platform.

Nigel Worthington's men have kept five successive clean sheets and conceded just twice in their last 10.

They have found a way to win at a crucial stage and despite being far from their best in midweek they ground out a 1-0 win over Torquay.

This weekend's opponents Burton, two places and five points better off, don't concede many themselves so this is hardly likely to be a goalfest.

But with City in such good shape I'm going with them to edge it at 6/4.

  • Posted at 2320 GMT on 26/03/2014.


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