TV’s ‘last chance’ dinner date

IF the clash were not attractive enough, Burnley’s short trip over the Pennines to Leeds United on Saturday (12.45) finds both sides in last chance saloon.

Neither side’s fate is in their own hands as far as the Championship play-offs are concerned.

A draw will really suit neither, so both will have to go for the win.

Nottingham Forest are not only in possession of the final spot, but also by far the easier run in, taking in a home match with Scunthorpe and ending away at Crystal Palace, who are likely to be safe from relegation by then.

Millwall and Hull can’t be ruled out of the play-off last place mix yet, both having winnable matches - even though Millwall face Swansea, the latter’s away form has been weak in the run-in.

As well as facing each other, both Burnley and Leeds have unenviable last games, with the Clarets entertaining Cardiff on May 7 while Leeds travel to QPR.

QPR will likely be up by then but, depending on this weekend’s matches, may need a result against Leeds to take the title, while Cardiff could still be in with a shout of automatic promotion and will arrive at Turf Moor with all to play for.

Leeds looked to have cemented their play-off place at a time when a lametable series of performances saw the Clarets struggling badly, only for the Yorkshire side to stumble while the Clarets pulled together enough results to give themselves the slimmest of chances.

Sky Sports 2 have likely picked an entertaining game for the Saturday lunchtime screening.

It is unlikely to match the blood-and-guts battles between the sides in the 60s and 70s.

But goals are more than likely, as it may well be a case of which leaky defence holds firmest under the pressure.