The Championship has thrown up some surprises so far this season, but what can we expect come the final day of the season? Burnley are currently sitting pretty at the top of the league, a position most Clarets of recent years will not be used to.
Their one Premier League season could be described somewhat simply as wet. This is a shocking contrast to the 1966/67 season where Burnley competed with the likes of Napoli and Stuttgart in Europe.
But now they have another reason to smile – the partnership between Danny Ings and Sam Vokes. This is probably the strongest partnership in the league. Vokes is currently the third top scorer in the league with eight goals to his name. With goals generally come results and this is just what fans of the East Lancashire outfit have come to expect, although most will still be looking to defeat bitter rivals Blackburn as it still remains over 33 years since Burnley held the bragging rights. I'm sure, though, Burnley will be happy enough with promotion which currently looks increasingly likely.
Now for a more familiar sight among Premier League fans - QPR. Their time in the top flight was short lived last time around but they appear to be going at promotion in their first attempt in the right way.
Second in the league at the moment but with a game in hand, the Hoops will have the chance to leap to the top of the league with a tough away trip to Burnley. QPR definitely appear to be the best equipped to take on the top-flight again with big names such as Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Junior Hoilett and Joey Barton amongst others still in the squad.
Don’t forget Harry Redknapp is still at the helm, a man not so long ago deemed the likely replacement to Fabio Capello with England. QPR are huge favourites for automatic promotion, very much unlike Wigan who currently find them selves in a disappointingly average 13th place.
The next question is, who will win the play-offs? Watford will fancy themselves after an unlucky final with Crystal Palace last season as will Reading after their success two seasons ago and with the desire to get straight back into the Premier League.
Leicester fans will be more optimistic than in most seasons but, with their history of falling at the last hurdle, they might be a risky bet. Nottingham Forest are having a flying season so far and their fans will see no reason why they can’t get promoted after throwing the possibility away last season with some interesting managerial changes. We should not forget Blackpool as well who, despite some mixed results so far, are sitting in the play-off places in fifth.
Personally, I fancy Burnley, QPR and Nottingham Forest for promotion with the latter getting there via a play-off final win against Reading.
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