West Brom vs Burnley: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Burnley will go in search of their first points of the season when they travel to winless West Brom on Monday.
West Brom vs Burnley: Predictions
In uncharacteristic fashion for a Sean Dyche side, Burnley have been a defensive disaster so far this season, conceding eight goals in just three games, all of which they’ve emerged from on the losing side.
That being said, things haven’t been a great deal better for West Brom, whose only point from four games came in a 3-3 draw with Chelsea where the Baggies threw away a three-goal lead.
Slaven Bilic’s side have been crippled by a lack of concentration and organisation at the back, allowing at least two goals in five of their six competitive matches across all competitions this season.
Both sides have players perfectly suited to hurt the opposition, but this match will likely be defined by who can keep things tightest in their own defensive third.
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West Brom vs Burnley: Match Stats
Although West Brom have lost just one of their last six meetings with Burnley, it was the last time the two sides met back in March 2018, with Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes firing the Clarets to a 2-1 victory which left the Baggies hovering over the relegation trap door.
Wood is a specialist at capitalising on defensive disorganization, using his strength and power to bully isolated defenders, while the New Zealand international’s aerial threat will ask serious questions of West Brom’s backline.
That being said, the likes of Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson have been in decent form for Bilic at the other end of the pitch and will be on high alert to any more questionable defending from Burnley.
31 March 2018: West Brom 1-2 Burnley (Premier League)
19 August 2017: Burnley 0-1 West Brom (Premier League)
06 May 2017: Burnley 2-2 West Brom (Premier League)
21 November 2016: West Brom 4-0 Burnley (Premier League)
08 February 2015: Burnley 2-2 West Brom (Premier League)
Burnley have only emerged victorious from this fixture once since 2009 but, as mentioned, that came in their last meeting. These two traditionally serve up quite entertaining affairs with plenty of goals and given their defensive mishaps so far this season, we could be in for more of the same.