Burnley: How do Vincent Kompany’s Clarets compare to the best teams in Championship history? | Football News
The 2022/23 season has been one of incredible transformation for Burnley.
The Clarets’ six-year stint in the Premier League came to an end on the final day of the previous campaign and, with Sean Dyche having left the club over a month beforehand – following just shy of a decade in charge – relegation brought a new dawn for the Lancashire club.
Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany left his job at Anderlecht to take over at Turf Moor and has turned Burnley from a team synonymous with a 4-4-2 formation into a slick, free-scoring, possession-loving powerhouse, who are now just three wins from a return to the top flight at the very first time of asking.
As the inevitable draws closer, here’s how their numbers compare to the records that have been set since the Championship was re-branded at the start of the 2004/05 season and the ones Kompany’s Clarets could still break themselves…
What’s the current record? Reading posted the highest record points tally since the Championship was rebranded in 2004/05 when they won the 2005/06 title with 106 points.
Can Burnley break it? Yes. Burnley have taken 83 points from their 37 Championship matches so far, which equates to an average of 2.24 points per game.
There are 27 points available across the final nine matches of the season and, if the Clarets take every single one, they will end on 110 points, which would set a new divisional record. Based on their current point-per-game average, however, they will end with 103 points.
Burnley’s remaining fixtures
Sunderland (H) – Friday March 31, 8pm – Live on Sky Sports
Middlesbrough (A) – Friday April 7, 8pm – Live on Sky Sports
Sheffield United (H) – Monday April 10, 8pm – Live on Sky Sports
Reading (A) – Saturday April 15, 3pm
Rotherham (A) – Tuesday April 18, 7.45pm
QPR (H) – Saturday April 22, 3pm
Blackburn (A) – Tuesday April 25, 8pm – Live on Sky Sports
Bristol City (A) – Saturday April 29, 3pm
Cardiff (H) – Monday May 8, 3pm
Jamie Vardy was part of the Leicester team that won the title after 31 wins in 2013/14
What’s the current record? Reading and Leicester share this record, having won 31 games each during their respective Championship title wins in 2005/06 and 2013/14.
Can Burnley break it? Yes. Kompany’s men have won 24 of their 37 matches so far and, to set a new record, they would have to win eight of their remaining nine matches, which allows for them to only drop points once more this season.
Most wins in succession
Nathan Tella scored a hat-trick as Burnley beat Preston 3-0 on February 11 to seal a record-equalling 10th straight Championship win
What’s the current record? Burnley have already equalled the Championship record of 10 – achieved by Reading in 2005/06 and Aston Villa in 2018/19 – this season by winning every single league match between November 13 and February 11.
Can Burnley break it? Yes. The Clarets have won their last two games in succession and, if they win every single one of their remaining nine, they will set a new record of 11 straight league wins.
Most home wins
Xisco Munoz led Watford to promotion to the Premier League in 2020/21
What’s the current record? Reading and Watford share this record, having won 19 of their 23 home games in the 2005/06 and 2020/21 seasons respectively.
Can Burnley break it? No. Burnley have won 14 of their 19 home games so far. With four games left, they can only win a maximum of 18.
Most away wins
Norwich won 15 of their 23 away games on the way to the 2020/21 Championship title
What’s the current record? West Ham and Norwich share this record, having won 15 of their 23 away games in the 2011/12 and 2020/21 seasons respectively.
Can Burnley break it? No, but they can equal it. Kompany’s side have won 10 of their 18 away games so far and can reach 15 if they win every single one of their remaining fixtures on the road.
Fewest games lost in a season
What’s the current record? Reading lost just two games – against Plymouth and Luton – on their way to the 2005/06 Championship title.
Can Burnley break it? No, but they are on course to match the record if they avoid defeat in each of their final nine matches.
Longest unbeaten run
What’s the current record? Reading set the current record by going 33 league games unbeaten between August 2005 and February 2006.
Can Burnley break it? No. Burnley are currently unbeaten in 17 league matches and have lost just once since a 1-0 defeat to Watford on August 12.
That defeat, which came against Sheffield United on November 5 2022, means the longest unbeaten run the Clarets can muster is 26, should they avoid defeat in their final nine matches.
Unbeaten season at home
Burnley need to avoid defeat in their final four home matches to complete an unbeaten season at Turf Moor
What’s the current record? There isn’t one. No team has gone unbeaten at home in a season since the Championship rebrand in 2004/05.
Can Burnley break it? They can set one. If they avoid defeat in their final four league matches at Turf Moor, Kompany’s men will become the first team to complete the season unbeaten at home.
Most goals scored
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 43 of Fulham’s record 106 Championship goals last season
What’s the current record? Fulham set a new record last season, scoring 106 goals – 43 of which were netted by Aleksandar Mitrovic – on their way to the Championship title.
Can Burnley break it? Yes. Burnley have scored 74 goals in 37 games so far, which comes in at an average of two goals per game. However, if they continue that rate until the end of the season, they will score 92 goals, which is 14 short of Fulham’s benchmark.
Most home goals scored
Dave Kitson scored 11 of Reading’s 58 goals at home in their historic 2005/06 campaign
What’s the current record? Reading scored 58 goals in 23 matches at the Madejski Stadium throughout their title-winning 2005/06 season.
Can Burnley break it? Yes. Burnley have scored 43 home goals in 19 matches this season, at an average of 2.26 goals per game. However, if they continue at this rate, they will finish the campaign with 52 goals scored at Turf Moor, six short of the record.
Most away goals scored
Fulham matched Bournemouth’s record of 50 away goals last term
What’s the current record? Fulham scored 50 goals on the road last season, which matched Bournemouth’s record set in the 2014/15 season.
Can Burnley break it? Yes. Burnley have scored 31 away goals in 18 matches so far, at an average of 1.72 goals per game. However, if they continue at this rate, they will score 40 away from home, 10 short of the record.
Fewest goals conceded
Watford conceded an average of 0.65 goals-per-game during their 2020/21 promotion season
What’s the current record? Watford conceded only 30 goals in 46 games during their 2020/21 promotion season, which equates to just 0.65 goals per game. Preston did the same in 2005/06, when they eventually lost to Leeds in the play-off semi-finals.
Can Burnley break it? Yes, but they would have to not concede a single goal across their final nine games to set a new record and concede just one more to match the current record. They are currently on course to concede 36 based on their current average of 0.78 goals conceded per game.
Fewest home goals conceded
Middlesbrough conceded just eight goals at the Riverside Stadium throughout the course of the 2015/16 season
What’s the current record? Middlesbrough, amazingly, shipped just eight goals on their way to finishing second behind Burnley in the 2015/16 campaign.
Can Burnley break it? No. The Clarets have already conceded 13 in 19 games at Turf Moor with five fixtures left to play.
Fewest away goals conceded
What’s the current record? This record is shared by Sheffield United, QPR and Newcastle, who conceded 17 each in 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2016/17 respectively.
Can Burnley break it? Yes. Burnley have conceded 16 goals in their 18 Championship away matches so far this term, but they will need to keep clean sheets in each of their final five matches on the road to set a new record.
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Biggest positive goal difference
What’s the current record? Reading posted a goal difference of +67 at the end of their historic 2005/06 season, having scored 99 goals and conceded 32.
Can Burnley break it? Yes. Burnley currently boast a goal difference of +45 with nine games left to play this season.
Most points ahead of second
What’s the current record? Reading finished 16 points ahead of Sheffield United on their way to the title in the 2005/06 campaign.
Can Burnley break it? Yes. The Clarets currently lead second-placed side, incidentally, Sheffield United by 13 points. The teams play one another at Turf Moor on Easter Monday at 8pm, live on Sky Sports.
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