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Championship betting team guide: Burnley

by Sean Goff | August 7, 2012



THAT’S HOWE IT’S DONE: Eddie needs to keep it steady and get more home wins 


Manager: Eddie Howe

Ins: Sam Vokes (undisclosed amount), Jason Shackell (undisclosed amount), Luke O’Neill (undisclosed amount), George Porter (free transfer), Joseph Mills (loan)

Outs: Alex-Ray Harvey, (undisclosed amount), Jay Rodriguez (undisclosed amount)

Strengths: They are building momentum and their form is snowballing.  The Clarets have been firing on all cylinders pre-season in their last three games, bundling past Altrincham, Bury, Alfreton and Cheltenham with ease. Let’s see if this roll continues once the Championship season comes around.

Weaknesses: The loss of Jay Rodriguez. The hometown hero has been in the colours of the Clarets since the end of the 2006/07 season and has been impressive throughout – especially in front of goal. 41 goals in 128 appearances is not easy in English football. Alas, all things come to an end though and Rodriguez has bid farewell to Burnley and climbed up a division to join Premier League new boys Southampton. Can the Clarets recover from losing their hitman?

Last season’s performance: After narrowly losing out on a straight return to the Premier League in the 2010/11 season, Burnley had a rather uneventful campaign last term. While never really in a relegation dogfight, the Clarets never really showed any mettle to battle for promotion either. In the end, a 13th place finish left the team hanging in the middle of the Championship table.

If they were a celebrity: Ryan Giggs. They both know how to play away from home, even if it leaves them in a muddle when returning to their own doorstep.

You might not have known: The last point relates directly to this next stat – Burnley was one of the best teams in the Championship last season on their travels. Outside of the top three, only Middlesbrough could match their tally of 10 victories in away games.

Championship title odds: 33/1



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