Burnley v West Brom Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 15, 2017
Turf Moor - Premier League
After their stunning win at Stamford Bridge over champions Chelsea, Burnley play their first home game of the season against West Brom. The Baggies got off to a good start of their own, and are looking to build on it.
Last season West Brom hammered Burnley 4-0 at home and were only denied a win at Turf Moor by a late Sam Vokes equaliser. The results were identical the previous time Burnley were in the top flight. The last time the Clarets beat West Brom in the league was exactly 10 years ago in the Championship.
Jack Cork was impressive on his debut against Chelsea, and will anchor the midfield once again. Dean Marney is the only Burnley player who looks set to miss out through injury. The midfielder suffered a knee ligament injury in January and is expected back in October.
James Morrison injured his own knee ligaments playing for Scotland against England in June, but could return this weekend. Nacer Chadli should be fit after a hip strain, although Gareth McAuley will miss out. Jonny Evans is also a slight doubt with a tight hamstring. Loan signing Ahmed Hegazi will continue in defence after scoring the only goal against Bournemouth on his debut.
Burnley v West Brom Preview and Predictions
Burnley’s Premier League survival last season was based on their home form. After their shock win at Stamford Bridge, they’ll be full of confidence going into this game. West Brom only lost twice away at teams in the bottom half of the table last year though, and will be tough to beat.
Plenty of pressure has been lifted from Burnley shoulders after answering early questions about their away form. Sean Dyche’s men must now back that up with another positive performance. Vokes became the first Burnley man to score in four successive Premier League games at Chelsea, and will look to extend this run against West Brom.
For the visitors, new signing Jay Rodriguez will hope to follow up a man of the match performance at the weekend by getting his first Baggies goal. After eight blanks in their final 12 league games of the last campaign, Tony Pulis needs more goals.
The perceived lack of goal threat on offer for the visitors helps Burnley to start as favourites in the betting. They’re priced at 6/4, while West Brom are available at 23/10. If you think the game will end in a draw, then it’s 11/5.
Sam Vokes to score and Burnley to win at 7/2
Back the Welshman to continue his goalscoring win as the Clarets come out on top. For even better odds, he’s 22/1 to bag the only goal of the game.
2-2 draw at 20/1
This is a decent price for a third consecutive 2-2 draw at Turf Moor between the two sides.