Burnley have already secured their return to the Premier League after an emphatic campaign in 2022-23. Vincent Kompany’s first season in England as a manager has been exceptional. The former Manchester City defender has already found himself linked with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur as his stock continues to rise.
Not only has he guided the Clarets back to the top-flight at the first time of asking, he’s taking them back as a completely different side. He has implemented an exciting brand of football at Turf Moor which has made Burnley one of the greatest ever Championship teams to watch.
Promotion may already be confirmed but Kompany and his players have still got much to fight for as they still need to secure the league title but there is something even greater at stake. The record for most Championship points currently belongs to the Reading side of 2005-06 (106) and Burnley have a chance of taking the record for themselves with six games to go.
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The league leaders have currently amassed 90 points over 40 matches and there are still 18 points to play for. Burnley would need to win all six of their remaining fixtures to beat Reading’s record while they can afford one draw if they are to equal the Royals. It may be considered a tough task but when you look at the teams they have got to face, you feel that they have got a real shot at making history.
Burnley’s next three matches come against sides fighting for survival near the bottom of the table in Reading, Rotherham United and Queens Park Rangers. The Royals have recently announced the departure of Paul Ince as manager and Noel Hunt has been charged with the position on an interim basis until the end of the season.
While in a lot of instances where there is a new manager bounce, Burnley’s quality will likely be too much for the Royals. As for the Millers, they have been subject to inconsistent results of late and like the Royals will not be able to match Burnley’s quality. QPR are in a whole lot of trouble too. They are just two points ahead of Reading in the relegation zone and their dramatic drop off since December has been hugely concerning.
Burnley then have a trip to bitter rivals Blackburn Rovers, who are still fighting to secure their place in the play-offs. The Clarets humbled Rovers 3-0 on home soil back in November but they will certainly be in for a test at Ewood Park. This is the one fixture that could dampen their chances at breaking the record.
Kompany’s men then travel to Bristol City who aren’t in any real risk of getting relegated, nor do they look good enough to make a late surge for the play-offs. Their final match comes against another side in danger of relegation in the form of Cardiff City. The Bluebirds are one point above the bottom three and they have been finding wins very difficult to come by this season. This could end up being a huge game for both sides but for very different reasons.
Looking at those fixtures you have to be feeling confident as a Burnley supporter. This season has already been beyond what they could have imagined and it could end with them being crowned the greatest Championship team in history.
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