Burnley on course for Championship title and shot at matching highest points total record

With five games remaining Burnley only need one more win to clinch the Sky Bet Championship title and if they win all five they will match Reading’s points total record.

Burnley are already promoted from the Championship this season after a 2-1 victory against Middlesbrough last week and now sit on 91 points after 41 games.

Reading’s achieved a record points total of 106 points during the 2005/06 Championship season.

A 2-1 victory on the final day against Sheffield United clinched the record for Reading

It would require them to win the remainder of their games but they would be in the top ten of highest points total in Championship history by winning at least three of their upcoming fixtures.

The list includes Sunderland who achieved 105 points in 1999, Newcastle United with 102 points in 2010 and Leicester City with 101 points in 2014 two seasons before their Premier League title win 2016.

In what has been a remarkable season for Vincent Kompany’s side, the title could be sealed when they travel to Rotherham on Tuesday if they win or other results go their way.

George Poole pictured on the left discussing Kompany’s approach to the match against Reading

Chairman of The Clarets Trust, George Poole believes they will struggle to match the record: “I am confident that Burnley will surpass 100 points and win the Championship title in style.

“However matching the record points total appears unlikely.”

Turf Moor has seen a big transformation under Kompany, having lost key players in the summer and sacking Sean Dyche towards the end of last season the club has changed significantly.

The most notable change being the shift in the club’s philosophy, bringing in younger players and moving on older players and creating a more positive team going forward.

Poole was full of praise for the change in tactics: “Winning games regularly with possession of over 70%, this Burnley side squeezes the life out of opposition teams and provides champagne football on beer money.

“Opposition teams have had to deal with a side whose centre backs and goalkeeper are as capable on the ball as our best centre midfielders.”

Burnley’s Anass Zaroury has seven goals and four assists in an impressive debut season for The Clarets

The changes are evident in the statistics as so far Burnley have scored 78 goals compared to their 34 last season and have only conceded 30 goals when they conceded 53 last season.

The difference in quality between the Premier League and Championship does account for this, however Kompany has managed to have the best defensive record in the league whilst only being outscored by Michael Carrick’s Middlesbrough.

Burnley are also currently unbeaten at home with 15 wins in 21 games this season.

Nathan Tella is the top scorer with 17 goals so far this season and Josh Brownhill has the most assists with eight in 37 matches

Burnley drew to the current record holders Reading in their last game which saw Kompany make six changes to the side that beat second place Sheffield United in the game before.

The Clarets are still unbeaten in 21 league games and they will have to avoid defeats against sides still playing for playoff spots and fighting against relegation if they want to remain unbeaten at home, unbeaten since November and to have a chance at matching the points total record.