Our prediction for this Championship match:
Bet365 Stadium will host Friday’s Championship game between Stoke City and Burnley, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. The Potters played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Rotherham on Boxing Day thanks to Lee Peltier’s own goal, with the team remaining in 17th place in the standings. Stoke City are eyeing their fourth home win of the process, but they will have a big fish to fry against the league leaders.
Both Clucas and Laurent are sidelined with injuries, while Wright-Phillips misses out through illness. Meanwhile, Burnley aim to move one step closer to securing automatic promotion to the Premier League. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Burnley are enjoying a very successful season. Defender Connor Roberts returned from suspension for the midweek clash against Birmingham City, while Vitinho remains on the sidelines with injury.
Highlighted Player (Aden Flint):
Born in Pinxton, England on July 11, 1989, Aden Fint began his youth career at his hometown club Pinxton. In 2008 he moved to Alfreton Town and he scored 45 goals in more than 100 appearances for the club.
In 2011 he signed a contract with Swindon Town and, no doubt, that was a step up in his career. The 197-cm-tall defender played 64 games in the league for the Robins and in 2013 he signed for Bristol City for a fee of £300,000. Aden Flint made his debut on August 3, 2013 in a 2-2 draw with Bradford City.
The centre-back scored his first goal for Bristol city on September 21 in a 3-2 loss to his former club Swindon Town. You should know that Flint was named Player of the Year for the 2015/2016 season. The Bristol City footballer has a contract with the club which expires on June 30.
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.