Market: Burnley win
Odds: 1/2 @ 888sport
In what is a Lancashire derby on Saturday afternoon, Burnley will be looking to extend on their remarkable flurry when they welcome Preston to Turf Moor.
Starting with the hosts, while Burnley might have lost their Premier League status last season, the Clarets are breezing their way towards an immediate top-flight return in 2023. Only continuing on what has been a remarkable rise under one-time Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany, fans around Turf Moor find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Last seen laying down yet another title marker as they secured a routine 3-0 romp away at Norwich, Burnley already hold a stunning 17-point buffer from slipping out of the automatic promotion places. Only gaining a string of plaudits from across England on either side of the World Cup break, Kompany’s record-breaking squad have now suffered just a single defeat across all formats since way back on November 5th. Gaining a reputation for their free-scoring displays, the Clarets are rightfully tipped as a standout pick this weekend.
As for the visitors, while Preston might have managed to snatch a much-needed 2-1 victory away at Birmingham on January 21st, the Whites have come crashing back down to earth. Last seen putting in another downbeat display as they slumped to a 2-1 loss at home against Bristol City, Ryan Lowe’s side have certainly come tumbling down the Championship table. Now tipped as a real outside pick to claim a shock play-off spot in 2023, the ex-Plymouth boss has seen his men lose three of their last four domestic matchups across all formats. With that run highlighted by a dreadful 4-0 drumming at the hands of Norwich last month, Preston will be more than aware that they face a huge challenge on Saturday afternoon. Without a single victory from their previous five meetings against the runaway leaders, we’re backing a home win at Turf Moor.
Bet: Burnley 1/2 to beat Preston in Saturday’s Championship battle @ 888sport
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