Burnley v Derby – home form will see Clarets come out on top
Brian Laws was a controversial appointment at Burnley last season following the exit of Owen Coyle, and his side’s start to the Championship season has done little to enhance his reputation.
Laws has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks following his side’s dreadful dip in form.
The Clarets began the season at 8/1 to win the Championship but have now drifted to 16/1 following a run of one win in six games that has seen them slip to tenth in the league.
Things couldn’t be much different for Derby County. Nigel Clough’s side began with just one win in their opening seven games and looked a long way off promotion candidates – how things have changed.
Eight wins in their last 11 games have propelled them to fourth in the league and just six points behind second placed Cardiff City and an automatic promotion spot.
Despite their brilliant recent form, the Rams charge up the table has been built largely on their performances at home. They have won their previous six games at Pride Park compared to just two of their last eight on the road.
Derby’s less than brilliant away form, combined with Burnley’s excellent home record – they’ve lost just one of their nine Championship games at home this term – means Burnley head into this game as favourites at 11/10.
Laws has been criticised for his over cautious approach in recent weeks, particularly in their 1-0 defeat against Coventry at the weekend when his side was booed off the pitch, so expect them to be more adventurous against the visitors in this clash.
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