England Premier League
Monday 19th October 2020
Kick off at 5:30pm BST
Venue: The Hawthorns
The early Monday evening game will pit West Bromwich Albion against Burnley and that means 18th v 20th.
Obviously both sides are in need of 3 points even at this early stage as it is so easy to get caught into the doldrums, lose confidence and then have no escape plan.
West Bromwich Albion have played some good football but their naive play at the back has really cost them. They have played 4 games so far and have no wins and only 1 point to show for it. That draw came against Chelsea of all teams in a thrilling 3-3 game, but even then Slaven Bilic’s team were 3-0 up at one point.
West Brom’s last game before the international break came against Southampton and they lost that one 2-0. What will be interesting to see is if Bilic changes his home tactics for this game. For their two home games so far, which have been against Leicester and Chelsea he adopted 5 at the back in a cautious display of 5-4-1. It has yielded 1 point so far. It also speaks volumes about the clubs objectives under Bilic this season - if we finish 17th that is a success story, and this is a risk which could well backfire on the club, being afraid to lose.
Burnley had a poor start last season and they have continued that trend this time around too. Although coming into this game they have two matches in hand over most of the league. Playing 3 games so far Sean Dyche’s team have no wins. Their last game ended in a 3-1 defeat up at Newcastle and they have also lost against Leicester and Southampton. Away from home Burnley has conceded 7 goals already which doesn’t bode well for this game.
West Bromwich Albion: Callum Robinson is a doubt for this game after fitness issues but he could be assessed. Hal Robson-Kanu has a broken arm and he will be ruled out for the next 4-5 weeks at least.
Burnley: Matthew Lowton has a problem with his knee from last month and he will be out of this game and could well miss the next 2-3 weeks also. Ben Mee was pencilled in to return for this game with his thigh injury but it is worse than first thought and he is now aiming to be back before the end of the month. Bailey Peacock-Farrell has a hip injury but no news update has been given on his condition. He remains 50/50 for this game. Jay Rodriguez is back in training and being tipped to return for this match.
West Brom vs Burnley Head to Head:
The last time the teams played here in the league was in 2018 when Burnley won 2-1.
There is a 90% chance to see over 2.5 goals.
From the last six meetings Burnley has just 1 victory though it was in the last match.
West Brom vs Burnley Prediction:
Both teams need that confidence boost and a winning feeling to kick on. We will back the away side to pick up their first points of the season. Burnley still have some key injuries out, missing quality like Ben Mee for example is a big blow to Sean Dyche and their injury list seems to be getting bigger and bigger. They have already proven they will struggle away in the league although of course they will also fancy their chances in this game, and we feel their Premier League experience may give them the edge.
West Brom can play good football, and Bilic may well keep his five defenders at the back or play one just in front and have two strikers. This is a game that they need to go for, and if they fail this could tell us a lot about the clubs aspirations this season. We will also back at least a couple of goals in this game as it looks decent value.
West Brom vs Burnley Betting Tips:
Draw no bet (Burnley) at 2.00
Goal line (Over 2) at 1.55