EFL Championship 2022/23 leaders Burnley will travel to face a struggling Blackpool side. Vincent Kompany’s men have a 12-point lead at the top of the table and are the favourites to lift the title this season. Blackpool, on the other hand, are in the relegation zone and fighting for survival. As these two teams enter this match with different motives, we look at their stats that could predict the outcome of the match.
Blackpool sits 23rd in the league table with seven wins, ten draws, and 17 losses. They are on a two-match losing streak and will look to earn at least a point in this match. Blackpool have scored 33 goals this season and average 1.21 xG per match. Their defence has been leaky and conceded 51 goals in total. The above pizza chart shows that the home team has struggled throughout the season. One area where the team has performed well is in pressing high on the opponents.
Burnley are sitting at the top of the table with 22 wins, ten draws, and two losses. They have scored 68 goals and conceded 28. The Clarets have an average xG rate of 1.46 per match. By looking at the above pizza chart, we can observe that Burnley have been decent in their performances. They have been clinical in their attacks despite having a low percentile rank in some of the departments. Burnley will look to improve their stats and earn their tenth away victory of the season.
Burnley finding their groove back
Burnley struggled a bit recently and scored only three goals in three matches. They won one match and drew the other two. However, their recent match was a success against Huddersfield Town. The Clarets netted four goals in that match and showed total dominance. Kompany’s men average 12.03 shots in the current season and have a 39.8% accuracy rate. In the last match, they attempted 21 shots with a 52.38% accuracy rate. The progression chart shows that Burnley attacks through the central zones and likes to penetrate more from the left side. They will look to create trouble for the struggling Blackpool side.
Can Blackpool defend their goal?
Blackpool will have a tough task in hand against this attacking Burnley side. The last meeting between these two teams ended in a six-goal thriller, and both teams earned a point each. They have blocked 129 shots this season, averaging around four shots blocked per match. Burnley will have to deal with the bodies inside the opposition goal.
Ashley Barnes took his season’s tally to five goals after netting a goal each in Burnley’s last three matches. The veteran striker is not the first-choice for Kompany this season. But a few injury concerns has given him the opportunity to lead the attack once again. He is once again expected to lead the line and will look to score in four matches in a row.
Jerry Yates, Gary Madine, Shayne Lavery, and Marvin Ekpiteta are expected to miss the match for Blackpool.
Jay Rodriguez, Ian Maatsen, Benson Manuel, and Taylor Harwood-Bellis will be the absentees for Burnley.
Burnley are the favourites to take three points from this match. As per the 1×2 betting odds, their odds rate of winning the match is 1.6. The next possibility is that the match might end in a draw. The betting odds for a draw are around 3.8. As per the over/under lines, the over lines are expected to thrive in this match.
The visitors have dominated the stats in the current season. They are the best performers and have found their way to take three points from the matches. Blackpool will have a tough task in hand when they face the league leaders.
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