Burnley bookies favourites to beat Middlesbrough

Burnley were beaten 1-0 at the Riverside on Boxing Day
Burnley were beaten 1-0 at the Riverside on Boxing Day

Burnley welcome mid-table Middlesbrough to Turf Moor on Saturday, knowing a victory could seal automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

Sean Dyche’s men have an 11-point cushion to third place Derby County and should the Rams fail to win against Huddersfield, three points for the Clarets would confirm a return to the top-flight for the first time since the 2009/10 season.

The bookmakers have Burnley at odds on to see off Middlesbrough, with leading odds comparison site Oddschecker.com highlighting a best price of 19/20. The visitors are available at 7/2 whilst the draw is on offer at 5/2.

Dyche will be approaching the match with caution however, knowing that Boro are one of only four sides to have inflicted defeat on Burnley this season. When the two sides met at the Riverside on Boxing Day, Middlesbrough ran out 1-0 winners. A repeat of that scoreline with Burnley on the right side of the result this time around, is 6/1 with BetVictor.

Ashley Barnes netted the winner for the Clarets in their midweek victory at Barnsley and the frontman is best odds of 7/1 to open the scoring on Saturday.

Unsurprisingly, Burnley are very short odds to achieve the promotion dream this season, priced up at just 1/50 through Oddschecker. That represents a massive shift from the start of the season when the Clarets were 18/1 to go up.

In the Premier League this weekend, the standout fixture sees top of the table Liverpool host third place Manchester City. The winner will have one hand on the trophy and Oddschecker highlight a Liverpool win at 7/5, a City victory at 2/1 and the draw at 13/5.

Manchester City are remain favourites to lift the title, best odds of 4/5, with Liverpool 15/8 and Chelsea further back at 8/1.