Our prediction for this Championship match:
Blackpool and Burnley square off against each other at Bloomfield Road in the Championship round 35. The Seasiders are eager to escape the relegation zone, but they will have a mountain to climb against the league leaders. Shayne Lavery suffered an injury in a 3-1 loss to Reading, with Ian Poveda likely to step up. Since all Yates, Madine, Trybull, Goode, Ekpiteta, Bridcutt, Anderson, and Stewart should miss out with injuries as well, we are not tempted to put our money on the home side.
The Clarets, on the other hand, rolled over Huddersfield Town 4-0 in their last league match to cement top position in the standings. Since Burnley are high on spirits following the FA Cup triumph over Fleetwood, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visiting side. All Ian Maatsen, Benson Manuel, Jay Rodriguez, and Taylor Harwood-Bellis remain in the treatment room, but Darko Churlinov has overcome his injury.
Highlighted Player (Chris Maxwell):
Chris Maxwell is a Welsh goalkeeper who was born in St Asaph on July 30, 1990. Maxwell began his youth career at Penrhyn Bay (1998-2000) and in 2000 he moved to Wrexham. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper made his first-team debut for Wrexham at the age of 18 and he played 76 league games for the club from 2008 to 2012.
During the 2008/2009 season he spent six months on loan at Welsh club Connah’s Quay Nomads and in 2012 he joined Fleetwood Town. Chris Maxwell made 110 appearances in the league for the Trawlermen and on May 16, 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Championship side Preston North End. You should know that he managed to keep clean sheets in 38 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign.
Due to his dual citizenship, Maxwell is capable of representing both Wales and Scotland at senior level, but he played for the Dragons at youth level, being capped for the U21 team 16 times.
Highlighted Team (Burnley):
Burnley were one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888. The Clarets did remarkably well to win the FA Cup trophy back in 1914 and the club owners have been trying to bring glory days back to Turf Moor ever since.
Burnley defeated Liverpool in the 1913/1914 FA Cup final and, no doubt, this is regarded as the greatest achievement in the club’s history. The Clarets finished the 2015/2016 Championship campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will participate in the English Premier League in the 2016/2017 season.
Burnley play their home games at Turf Moor and the capacity of the stadium is 21,401. The Clarets have won two Community Shield trophies so far, in 1960 and 1973, but they have yet to clinch the Premier League title. Claret is the dominant colour of the team’s home shirts.