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An Optimistic Approach



Looking ahead to the rest of the season is always a tricky exercise doomed to failure but, with seven points from the last three games and another unbeaten run starting to take shape, Clarets fans are entitled to be sporting optimistic outlooks again.

A victory against league leaders Wolves has boosted Burnley`s play-off hopes which, after a disappointing start to the New Year, are now well and truly back on track. With FA Cup fantasies still very much alive there is no sign of concentrating on the league either. Manager Owen Coyle`s refreshing attitude appears to be to try and win every game and he has urged his team to have no regrets as the season unfolds.

No-one really knows how the campaign will unfold which, of course, is what makes football so fascinating but let`s give it a try and boldly estimate how many points Burnley will glean from the final 14 games.

Fixtures are taken in current running order:

Coventry ( h ) : both sides with one eye on the Cup. Home win ( 3 )

Norwich ( a ) : Canaries destined for the drop and playing for their lives. Tight away win ( 3 )

Sheff Wed ( h ) : Roses battle. Can Burnley avenge their opening day collapse? No. Draw ( 1 )

Blackpool (a ) : Donkeys lashed in early March local derby marred by controversy ( 1 )

Ipswich ( a ) : Unhappy hunting ground and usual penalty for Tractor Boys gives them lucky win ( 0)

Crystal Palace ( h ) : Warnock`s men given a beating. Easy home win ( 3 )

Forest ( h ) : Billy Davies fires up his Tricky Trees and gains a well-earned point ( 1 )

Plymouth ( a ) : Lengthy trip is worth the effort as a late strike seals a 2-0 away victory (3 )

Derby ( a ) : The Rams pushing towards mid-table and settle for a draw ( 1 )

QPR ( h ) : This season`s regular opponents and familiarity breeds a share of the spoils ( 1 )

Cardiff ( a ) : No Easter parade for The Clarets ( 0 )

Sheffield Utd ( h ) : Both sides pushing for a play-off berth so narrow home win in feisty affair ( 3 )

Southampton ( a ) : Saints marching down the leagues and Clarets too strong ( 3 )

Bristol C ( h ) : Tight contest ( 1 )

That gives us, if the old calculator is working properly, 74 points and if we do reach those heady heights a play-off place should be assured and provide due reward for what has been, thus far, a marvellous season.

Rickers Twickers
The Journalist

Writer: Rickers Twickers Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 17 2009

Time: 9:34AM

Your Comments

Nice one, Rick let's hope your predictions come true. No doubt it will come back to haunt you if you are wrong though!! ;-)
turfmanphil
I hope your right Rickers :-) looking forward to your next article good to have you aboard
8clarets8
A like the optimism, But it would be a fantastic run to only lose 2 of the remaining 14 games - It may however, be what is needed!
Claretdale
Damn not off to a good start re Coventry!!
turfmanphil
After the poor results from Coventry and Norwich the next 3 games don't look promising on Rickers predictions. It probably means we will win all three !!
Claretacchio
You're right 'Tacchio, my predictions have been woeful thus far. Mind you, if Eagles hadn't flapped at his last minute chance three points would have been secured. Optimism still intact as our unbeaten run continues but let's hope my dismal run continues and that I'm wrong about the Wednesday result next week.
RickersTwickers
Rickers I was absolutely convinced of 3 points against both Coventry and Norwich so was feeling pessimistic after the results. However I went into the BBC predictor and bashed in what I thought would happen for all the remaining games from today onwards. What an outcome, the final results read. Reading to win the Championship on goal difference from Cardiff !!! Wolves were 3rd 2 points behind, 4th were Birmingham a further 3 points back, 5th were Sheffield United a further 7 points back and 6th were THE MIGHTY CLARETS on the same number of points, Bristol City were 7th 2 points back, Swansea 8th, PNE 9th. At the bottom it was 24th Charlton, 23rd Southampton and 22nd Norwich. Given my predictions this week I am really getting worried.
Claretacchio
Well Rickers, its the afternoon before Ipswich and we've actually gained 11 points against your predicted 12 so although the specifics may be wrong, the general picture is almost spot on...no misplaced optimism there then! Lets hope you're wrong about tonight...enjoy the game!
Ansdell Claret
its beena bit of an up and down league form of late lads whats up???
bluemooner_mcfc
 

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