Burnley season predictions: Can't quite repeat their heroics of 2013-14


After putting up an admirable fight in the Premier League, Burnley are looking to secure an immediate return to the big time.

Staying afloat in the Premier League was always going to be a big ask for Burnley, but they showed admirable fighting spirit and nearly beat the odds.

Now Sean Dyche is charged with the task of galvanising his squad for a Championship promotion push, but England's second tier is notoriously one of the toughest leagues in the world.

Prediction: 4th.

Freddie Shires: Burnley still have plenty of talent at his disposal but Jelle Vossen is no Ings.

Damien Lucas: Sean Dyche's side can't quite repeat their heroics of 2013-14 and fall off the pace having been in the chasing pack for most of the season.

Mathew Nash: Sean Dyche will keep Burnley settled in relegation. A return to the Premier League however is likely to be beyond them.

Che Thomas: As with Hull, Burnley weren’t a poor team in the Premier League last season, but having lost Jason Shackell, Kieran Trippier and Danny Ings, the playoffs may be the best they can hope for.

Stephen Pickering: Sean Dyche’s presence will ensure the Clarets are near the top of the league. However, the loss of Ings, Trippier and Shackell will be a huge loss. The Lancashire club need to strengthen otherwise face a tough fight to win a place in the top six. Key player: George Boyd.

Tim Poole: Burnley didn't do too much wrong in the Premier League considering their budget. Should have another strong season with a play-off finish.

Billy Hawkins: Sean Dyche will once again show off his abilities as a manager, despite losing key player Danny Ings.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Championship campaign. We accumulated their rankings (24 points for first place, 1 for 24th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:


Derby County

Hull City




Ipswich Town

Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United



Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol City

Nottingham Forest


Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham City

Cardiff City

Charlton Athletic


MK Dons


Huddersfield Town

Preston North End

Rotherham United

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