Burnley promoted, securing instant return to Premier League

BURNLEY, England (AP) Burnley is making an instant return to the Premier League after sealing promotion on Monday.

The north-west England club, which leads the second-tier League Championship with a game to spare, beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 at home thanks to a second-half header from striker Sam Vokes.

Burnley, relegated from the Premier League last season, sits two points ahead of Middlesbrough and Brighton – who are vying for the second automatic promotion place.

Middlesbrough is ahead of Brighton on goal difference in second place and they meet in the final game of the campaign on Saturday.

The other three teams already confirmed to be in the play-offs for the third promotion place are Hull, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday.