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Strike duo to fire Burnley to Championship glory

| 28.10.2013

Having ended QPR’s unbeaten start to the season, top-of-the-table Burnley now look the side to beat in the Championship.

The Clarets have now won seven consecutive games and look great value to go on and claim the title at 5/1.

Harry Redknapp’s Hoops remain the favourites at 13/10 but while the Loftus Road outfit have been struggling for goals – scoring just 14 in 12 matches so far – the free-scoring Clarets are reaping the rewards of the Eddie Howe legacy.

The former manager – now back in charge at AFC Bournemouth – was responsible for bringing Sam Vokes and Danny Ings to the club and both players are currently enjoying the best form of their careers to date.

Ings, 21, has bounced back from a serious knee injury and is now showing signs of realising his potential after scoring both goals in Burnley’s 2-0 win over Rangers.

The Winchester-born striker has now claimed eight league strikes this term – his highest return by some distance – and is brimming with confidence in front of goal.

Likewise, 24-year-old Vokes – who also started his career on the south-coast – is finally flourishing after emerging from a Charlie Austin-shaped shadow to cement a place in the starting XI at Turf Moor.

His eight strikes have helped Burnley notch 24 goals –  the joint-second highest tally in the Championship – and with a fairly kind run of fixtures in November, Sean Dyche’s side look well placed to extend their five-point gap over Rangers ahead of the busy winter schedule.

Next up for Burnley is Millwall who are winless in four and have shipped 26 goals already.

Howe then brings his newly-promoted Cherries side to Turf Moor having won just once on the road all term. That contest will be followed by the visit of Nottingham Forest, who have just one victory in their last four and should pose little threat to the high-flying Clarets.

Meanwhile, Rangers will head to the DW stadium next to face a miserly Wigan defence that has conceded just 11 goals all season before welcoming top scorers Derby to west London. Redknapp’s side then make the short trip to Reading to face a Royals outfit conceding less than one goal per game.

So, with fixtures looking kinder to the current table toppers for the next few weeks expect the 5/1 on offer to get shorter by the game.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.