England Premier League
Saturday 20th February 2021
Kick off at 3pm GMT
Venue: Turf Moor
Burnley are at the edge of the woods and will feel that they are doing well enough to survive this season. The club drew 1-1 in midweek against Fulham in a highly important match for survival and they were losing that game at one point. Sean Dyche’s team have 27 points and are 8 points clear of the bottom three.
Form has been decent enough and the club have gone their last 3 matches unbeaten, and depending on other results the club could be as high as 13th place come the end of the weekend with victory here. At home it’s just 4 wins from 12 but recent form has seen improvement and Dyche’s club have lost just once from their last four games and have drawn their last two here.
West Bromwich Albion are 19th and 12 points from safety with 42 points left on the board, so yes it is possible to survive but in reality the club under Sam Allardyce look doomed to return to the Championship. But at times the club can pull off some surprising results, just look at last weekend when they drew 1-1 with 2nd placed Manchester United. It was a good point but they need wins not draws at this stage. From their last 10 games West Brom have managed just six points and away from home it’s 8 defeats and just 1win.
We tend to say this every week but West Brom need a win and this is another cup final like match for the club and they will be up against it. It’s a question of how does the club react? Defend from the beginning or try to attack? And it’s a question that Allardyce and his players have been trying to figure out for the past two months.
Burnley: Robert Brady is out injured again with his ankle, however he will be assessed ahead of this game. Gudmundsson has a hamstring but it isn’t thought at this point to be serious. Erik Pieters is aiming to return after his groin strain but is probably 50/50 to make this match. Dale Stephens has a knock, Matej Vydra is being pencilled in to return for this game as is Chris Wood but he is still only 50/50.
West Bromwich Albion: Grady Diangana has fitness issues but is aiming to be back for this game, there has been no confirmation on that so far though. Lee Peltier has an ankle injury though it is thought to be minor and he will be assessed.
Burnley vs West Brom Head to Head:
The clubs have not played at this ground since 2017 when West Bromwich Albion won 1-0.
Earlier in the season the clubs drew 0-0.
Burnley have not beaten West Brom at home since 2009.
There is an 80% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
Burnley vs West Brom Prediction:
History tells us two things about the game which may not ring true, or at least follow that pattern at the weekend. The first is Burnley have a poor home record to West Brom and the second is that this is a fixture that sees many goals.
Like when Burnley played Fulham we expect to see a cautious game that could open up in the second half and one of our choices therefore will be to see more goals in the 2nd half. Burnley are equipped to beat West Brom but they are carrying some injuries and it is unclear if a few key players like Gundmundsson for example will be available to play. West Brom’s players should have taken something from drawing against Manchester United but we think Burnley will just have too much in the tank and should be able to get the win here by the odd goal.
Burnley vs West Brom Betting Tips:
Burnley to beat West Bromwich Albion at 2.00
Highest Scoring Half: 2nd half at 2.10