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Championship: Burnley looking to join elite centurion list

With the 19th Championship season heading into its final few months, Burnley find themselves in a position to return to the Premier League and add their name to the history books in the process.

The Clarets made the decision to bring in Vincent Kompany in June last year as Sean Dyche's successor and the former Manchester City captain has the Lancashire outfit riding high at the Championship summit.

Burnley are 16 points clear of third-placed Middlesbrough and it would take a catastrophic collapse over the final 13 games to see the club miss out on automatic promotion, while the 12-point advantage over Sheffield United in second means it would also take some doing not to win the title.

Kompany's troops, who are 1/14 To Win Outright the Championship, look destined for a return to the Promised Land at the first time of asking, but they could achieve this in style by becoming just the fourth side to rack up 100 points in a single season since England's second-tier was rebranded to the Championship from the 2004/05 campaign.

Burnley require 27 points from their remaining 13 matches - an average of two points per game is the objective - while 33 points would see them equal Reading's all-time record of 106 points in a season, achieved in 2005/06.

The Clarets are currently priced at 7/2 to beat Reading's 106-points record, and 2/11 to fall short.

Royals set the standard

It was just the second Championship season as Reading put on a scintillating show as they won the title with a mammoth 106 points - some 16 clear of Sheffield United in second.

The Royals scored 99 goals, 22 more than closest challengers Watford, while their record of 32 goals conceded was only bettered by Preston's 30 that year.

Fast-forward to the present day and Reading find themselves 16th in the Championship, 10 points clear of the relegation zone and nine adrift of the playoff positions.

Paul Ince's side are 50/1 To Finish in Top 6 and 100/1 To Be Promoted.

Newcastle hit century mark

The second team to achieve 100 points was Newcastle in the 2009/10 campaign, as Chris Hughton's troops clocked up 102 in total to achieve an instant return to the Premier League.

The Magpies finished 11 points clear of Reading in second and plundered a division-high 90 goals, while their record of 35 goals conceded was the best.

Now managed by Eddie Howe, Newcastle find themselves fifth in the Premier League and 6/4 To Finish in Top 4, while they will next take on Manchester United in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.

The north-east outfit are 12/5 in Full Time Result, while the draw is 23/10 and the Red Devils are 6/5.

Foxes match the Magpies

Leicester matched Newcastle's haul of 102 points in the 2013/14 season, as they ended up nine points clear of second-placed Burnley.

Out of the centurions, the Foxes were the lowest scorers of the trio - netting 83 times - while they also shipped 43 goals to give them the worst defensive record out of themselves, Newcastle and Reading.

Brendan Rodgers is now in charge at the King Power Stadium and his side are currently 14th in the Premier League, four points clear of the drop zone and 8/1 To Be Relegated.

Will Burnley become fourth centurion?

Burnley have only lost twice in the league this season, are currently on a 13-game unbeaten run across all competitions, and also have a fifth-round tie against Fleetwood in the FA Cup - a tournament they are 16/1 To Win Outright - to look forward to.

The Clarets have been brilliant in both attack and defence, scoring 64 times and conceding just 28 goals to lead both categories in the Championship, and at this point it certainly appears viable they can break the 100-point barrier in this campaign.

Kompany's side have six league matches at Turf Moor remaining, a venue they have not lost at all season, while five of their seven away games come against teams currently in the bottom half of the table.

Up next for the Clarets is a home match against Neil Warnock's Huddersfield Town. The hosts are strong favourites at 9/20 in the Full Time Result market, with the draw priced at 10/3 and an away win given odds of 6/1.

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