West Brom are looking to follow up their shock point against Manchester United with another positive result away to Burnley on Saturday afternoon. The Baggies are 12 points from safety in the Premier League relegation zone, with Burnley looking to climb away from the bottom three themselves.
Where and when: Turf Moor – 20 February, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Burnley vs. West Brom: Sky Sports
Last time: Neither side could make the breakthrough as these teams shared a goalless draw at the Hawthorns in October.
Burnley v West Brom Predictions and Preview
Time is rapidly running out for fireman Sam Allardyce to work his magic and help West Bromwich Albion beat the drop. Burnley put a poor run of form behind them last weekend, and have the chance to put more distance between themselves and the drop zone this time round.
The Clarets put in a superb performance to beat Crystal Palace 3-0 away from home on Saturday. Sean Dyche has less time to prepare his players for this game following Wednesday’s game against Fulham though, with the result in that game potentially affecting both the confidence and morale of the Burnley players coming into this fixture.
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Under 2.5 goals
West Brom to win 1-0
Pereira to score first
Allardyce will be overjoyed to have the extra time on the training pitch this week, as he bids to steady the leaky West Brom ship. The Baggies have been awful at the back all season, conceding 55 goals in 24 Premier League fixtures. That’s 13 more than anyone else in the top flight.
Last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Man United was the first time West Brom have conceded fewer than two goals in their last 10 matches, since drawing 1-1 with Liverpool over Christmas. Allardyce had a full week to prepare for the Red Devils, and that could be a factor once again this weekend.
Another factor could be the respective injury lists both managers are faced with. If Grady Diangana recovers from a thigh injury, Allardyce will have a fully-fit squad to choose from. Dyche, on the other hand, has concerns over the likes of Ben Mee, Chris Wood, Erik Pieters and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, as well as Matej Vydra, Dale Stephens and Charlie Taylor.
Even so, the home team start as the favourites in this Burnley v West Brom preview, priced at 13/12 in the latest odds for the game. If you think the extra time to prepare will help the visitors, you can back the away win at 16/5. The draw on Saturday, meanwhile, is available at 23/10 with William Hill.
One to watch for Burnley: Jay Rodriguez was excellent in Burnley’s win at Palace last weekend, contributing a goal and an assist as the Clarets won 3-0. The home team are 19/1 to win this game 3-0, while J-Rod is 21/4 to open the scoring.
One to watch for West Brom: Matheus Pereira has been in strong scoring form of late, with five of his six goals for the season coming in his last eight appearances. The Brazilian is available at 10/1 to break the deadlock in these Burnley v West Brom predictions.
Long shot: West Brom go into this game 12 points from safety with just 14 games left, but Big Sam has finally been able to spend some time on the training pitches with his team following a hectic start at the Hawthorns. The Baggies were better defensively against Man United and are 21/2 to win this game 1-0. Those odds are a tasty 109/1 with Pereira getting the goal.