Ian Holloway predicts Burnley v Middlesbrough

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Burnley face Middlesbrough in a top-of-the-table Championship clash this week.

Ian Holloway has sat on the fence ahead of the Championship's big game between Burnley and Middlesbrough this week, according to the his regular predictions column for Sky Sports.

Indeed, the pundit is backing a 1-1 draw as Sean Dyche's men host Aitor Karanka's charges.

Burnley are unbeaten in 19 league games going into the fixture - but Middlesbrough have won their last six.

Holloway told Sky Sports: "Who has more pressure on their shoulders? It's tough to work out.

"Either team could easily grind out a 1-0 win. The neutral in me would love to see Burnley win as it will only further add to the excitement. However, from a logical prediction point of view, you have to side with the draw.

"Burnley are unbeaten in 19 league games while Middlesbrough have won their last six games. I'm firmly on the fence. I can't separate them."

As Holloway says, the importance of this game can't be understated. Middlesbrough can take a giant stride towards promotion with a win.

If Boro do claim all three points, they'll be four clear of Burnley - with the Clarets dropping to third if Brighton beat Queens Park Rangers.

With just two points separating the two sides, however, it's very difficult to call it. A draw would bring Brighton back into the equation big time, giving them a real chance of overtaking both Burnley and Middlesbrough.

It's great drama befitting of another enthralling Championship season.

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