Author: Tony MacDonald
West Bromwich Albion
Published: 12:41 02/02/2015
West Brom head to Turf Moor for a Premier League clash with Burnley on Sunday 8th February, a match which could have a major bearing the battle to avoid relegation.
Both sides slumped to defeat last time out and will be looking to enhance their prospects of remaining in the top flight in a game which could be viewed as a survival 6-pointer. Burnley sit one place above the drop-zone on 20 points, while West Brom are two places above in fifteenth on 22 points, meaning that a win for either side would edge them clear of danger and leave the loser in an precarious position.
Who Will Win?
The Baggies had looked rejuvenated under Tony Pulis until slipping to a 0-3 loss at home to Tottenham Hotspur and while this looks a more winnable game on paper, Albion's recent record at Turf Moor makes grim reading. Their last three games there have ended in defeat, while West Brom have won on just 1 of their last 13 visits to the venue.
They do however head into the game in better form than the hosts who after losing 2-0 to Sunderland are on a run of three straight defeats in all competitons and it can't be ignored that the reverse fixture ended 4-0 to West Brom.
However, the visitors have failed to win their last 6 away matches in the Premier League, so those chancing West Brom to buck the trend can get quite generous odds of 2/1 with Betvictor, while the hosts are a best price 13/8 with Matchbook.
Will There Be Goals?
Despite not being heralded as a 'glamour-tie' the meetings between these sides tend to be pretty entertaining with each of the previous seven games seeing at least 3 goals scored, while both teams have notched in five of those encounters.
Burnley's recent performances add weight to the case for a high-scoring game, with five of their last six Premier League matches yeilding over 2.5 Goals, although they failed to score last time out.
There is however something to bear in mind before for those anticipating a goal-fest go rushing in. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in six of West Brom's last seven away games in the Premier League and we all know how Tony Pulis prefers to keep things tight at the back.
Who Will Score?
The hosts have benefitted from the goal-scoring prowess of Danny Ings in recent weeks and there is every chance he could return to the score-sheet here. Ings had found the net in three consecutive games prior to Burnley blanking at Sunderland and his penalty duties add appeal when considering First Goalscorer and Anytime Goalscorer bets.
Saido Berahino scored each of West Brom's previous two goals in the Premier League and leads the club's scoring charts with 14 goals in all competitions. He also grabbed a brace in the reverse fixture along with goals from Craig Dawson and Graham Dorrans, so rates as a solid selection for any goalscorer bets.
Correct Score Prediction
Burnley 2-1 West Brom - 10/1 Coral