Wigan woe for Burnley

Craig Chisnall previews Easter Monday's action in the Sky Bet Football League and fancies Wigan to delay Burnley's celebrations.

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Sean Dyche: A shoo-in for manager of the year but fancied to lose on Monday

Sean Dyche: A shoo-in for manager of the year but fancied to lose on Monday

It's a matter of when not if Burnley become a Premier League club in the coming days and weeks but I'm going against them at home to Wigan on Easter Monday.

The Clarets, tipped by many to struggle this term back in August, have been simply magnificent this season and remain eight points clear of Derby with just three games to go after respective wins at strugglers Blackpool and Doncaster on Friday.

Sean Dyche must be a shoo-in for Championship manager of the year given the constraints he works with compared to those available to the likes of Leicester and QPR.

But Burnley have been far from their best in recent weeks and barely had to get out of first gear to beat a woeful Seasiders side on Good Friday.

They've actually lost their last two at home to already-promoted Leicester and Middlesbrough without scoring in either.

And the weight of expectation on the home side might actually play into Wigan's hands on Monday.

Latics still need a win or two to confirm their play-off spot and swept aside fellow high-fliers Reading on Friday 3-0.

Their performance, on the back of pushing Arsenal all the way in the FA Cup final last weekend, was full of flair and pace and Royals boss Nigel Adkins said: "Wigan are the best team we've played this season."

With their attacking options and squad depth I believe they could upset the Clarets and are a very attractive price to do that.

In Sky Bet League 1 I see no reason to desert Notts County after their recent returns for us in their home matches.

I went with them in their last two matches at Meadow Lane to beat Colchester and Port Vale, which they duly did 2-0 and 4-2.

That has taken them to ten home wins for the season and if their record on their own patch hadn't been so good they would be down already.

Shaun Derry's side have won just three times away from home but by all accounts were desperately unlucky to lose at Bristol City on Friday, Sam Baldock denying them a crucial point with an 86thminute winner.

They are now three points from safety so a fourth home win on the spin is absolutely vital.

Crawley arrive on the back of an impressive three-match winning run, which includes victories over high-flying Brentford and Leyton Orient.

But County's need is greater on Monday and they do have goals in their team and I'm going with them once again at odds-against.

There should be quite a game at Bootham Crescent on Monday when York welcome fellow form side Bury - and the Minstermen look good value around 5/4 to take the honours.

Both teams have been in great touch since the turn of the year when it looked like they would both be fighting for their Football League status.

And such has been York's form, Friday's crucial 1-0 win at Oxford, they are now in the final play-off place and unbeaten in 14 matches.

Their form has been built on the back of a quite magnificent defensive record that has not seen them concede in open play during that time and keep 11 clean sheets in the same period.

Nigel Worthington's side don't score a great deal either but with a play-off place now in reach I fancy them to end the Shakers recent revival, which has seen them win four of their last five in an unbeaten run of seven matches.


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