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1718 burnley dwight mcneil 00 500x500Birmingham City are currently top of the northern group of the Professional Development League but today’s game between Burnley and Leeds United will ensure new leaders no matter what the result.

It’s as tight as it can be with only one point currently separating the top five and the top three all on 27 points. Birmingham lead the way with a goal difference of +13, followed by Burnley (+12) and Leeds (+9).

That means a win this afternoon for either us or Leeds will take one of us above Birmingham while a draw will push us both up a place and give us the lead again although, by the end of today’s game, we will have played a game more than the other two.

We go into the game in some good form. Since losing to Hull at Curzon Ashton on 24th September, we’ve played eight league games, winning five and drawing the other three. The only defeat in that time came at Bournemouth on 6th October when we were beaten 7-1 in a Premier League Cup game. Leeds won last time out at Sheffield United but had been beaten in their two previous games.

This fixture last season was played in early October with Burnley winning 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Dwight McNeil (pictured). That game was our first ever at Curzon Ashton and that’s where this game was originally scheduled to be played.

The original date for the game was yesterday afternoon but two weeks ago it was put back a day and moved to Gawthorpe. Yesterday afternoon the club confirmed that the game would now be behind closed doors.

Kick off is 1 p.m.

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