Only one point and one position separate Burnley and Ipswich in the table heading into Saturday’s encounter in what looks an absolute belter of a game this afternoon (KO 15:00).
Burnley are currently sat in fifth place on 41 points while visitors Ipswich are in sixth on 40 points.
A home win could see Burnley go level on points with Hull and Brighton, depending on the results of other fixtures, while an Ipswich victory would see them leapfrog Burnley and move within touching distance of the third and fourth places in the Championship.
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Neither team is vulnerable to being leapfrogged but, by the same token, both sides will be looking to keep the gap as wide as possible between the teams chasing the playoff positions.
Burnley have had serious injury troubles as of late but these could be lessened ahead of Saturday’s contest. It has been reported that the availability of Michael Duff and Dean Marney, both of whom have had calf trouble, will be touch and go right up until kickoff.
George Boyd has been sidelined by a back problem but will be hoping to regain enough fitness to justify a place in the starting lineup.
If history is anything to go by, Burnley stand a good chance.
Their record at Turf Moor against the Tractor Boys has been impressive, with the home side often managing to keep a clean sheet.
Maitland-Niles is set to remain unavailable for Ipswich, missing his second consecutive match, having been absent for the earlier victory against Brighton due to a nagging injury. Ipswich will also be forced to play without the abilities of David McGoldrick and Teddy Bishop who are suffering from hamstring complaints.
The loss of McGoldrick is particularly serious, as he has an excellent track record of scoring against Burnley, having netted four goals in the last four fixtures against the Turf Moor team.
Burnley have been a very unpredictable side at home as of late. They started December with a surprising 2-0 loss against Preston but more recently have managed domineering 4-0 victories against Bristol City and Charlton.
Visitors Ipswich have been very impressive indeed away from home lately in the Championship, having put up victories against Brighton, Fulham and the MK Dons. Burnley are heavily favoured by the bookies to take all three points, but almost no one would be surprised to see Ipswich pull off yet another away victory.
Both teams have a lot to play for as they are aiming to cement their status as promotion contenders as the season enters its later stages.