Given their recent form, Burnley’s 3-0 thumping at the hands of Millwall was somewhat surprising. By their manager’s own admission, Eddie Howe’s men were ‘below par’ but the Clarets have an immediate chance to make amends and they will be desperate to prove it was simply a bad day at the office as they seek to close in on the play-off places by beating out-of-sorts Coventry at Turf Moor.
The Sky Blues were beaten by Hull on Saturday, a result that has accounted for manager Aidy Boothroyd so they don’t head to Lancashire in the best shape and with just one win in 16 attempt to their name, they’ve shown little of late to suggest that they can hinder Burnley’s push for the top six.
This is a huge clash for the Clarets too, as they must make their games in hand count and they look like a home banker at 8/11 with William Hill. Meanwhile, when Howe’s charges have picked up maximum points of late, they have on several occasions got their noses in front early and it’s worth considering enhancing the home win odds with a flutter at 7/4 (Totesport) on them to be in front at half-time and the final whistle.
In the big game at the bottom, it’s impossible to recommend Scunthorpe or Preston with any degree of confidence given the pair’s poor form and we’d tentatively lean towards the draw (5/2, ), which would be no good for either side, although it’s not a game to invest in too heavily.
Likewise, Ipswich’s home clash with Watford is another tough-to-call encounter. The former, Betfred’s 6/5 favourites, picked up a decent point at Leeds on Saturday and might just have the edge as it’s at Portman Road, but the Hornets three consecutive 1-1 draws on the road make it advisable to be cautious.
Burnley/Burnley in the HT/FT betting against Coventry – 7/4 (Totesport)