Burnley v West Brom Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
May 02, 2017
aturday May 6 – Turf Moor – Premier League
Burnley host Tony Pulis’ West Brom on Saturday, following the Clarets’ first away win of the season at Crystal Palace last weekend.
West Brom have the better record in this fixture, winning twice against the Lancashire club in the Premier League, including a 4-0 win earlier this season. Burnley have never beaten West Brom in the Premier League.
Burnley will be without midfielder Joey Barton, who has begun his 18 month ban for betting infringements. They will also be without defender Ben Mee who has a shin injury. Left back Stephen Ward is also doubtful with a knee problem, James Tarkowski and Jon Flanagan are likely to start if the pair miss out.
West Brom’s injury problems are in attack, with Hal Robson-Kanu and Matty Phillips both out with hamstring injuries.
Their absence could lead to a start for Republic of Ireland international James McClean in midfield.
Burnley v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Burnley’s win at Selhurst Park has pushed them closer to Premier League survival, although they are not yet guaranteed to stay up, with Swansea City and Hull City fighting hard against relegation.
A win against the Baggies would secure their survival, regardless of other results, short of a ridiculous goal swing in favour of Swansea.
The Baggies are on a dreadful run of form in recent weeks, they are without a win, or a goal, in their last five games, and confidence is low.
Burnley have an excellent home record this season, and that should give them an edge, with a home win priced at 6/5.
This is unlikely to be a classic encounter between a Burnley side that a efficient, but far from spectacular, against a West Brom side shorn of confidence following their recent run, an Under 2.5 goals bet is 13/10.
Burnley to win 1-0 at 6/1
Burnley have had a habit of securing points at vital times this season, particularly at Turf Moor, and they should have just enough to squeak past a rudderless West Brom side that has nothing left to play for given their position in the Premier League table.
Andre Gray to score first 5/1
Gray is top scorer for Sean Dyche’s side this season, netting nine Premier League goals in their relegation scrap. His physicality will be no real issue for a well drilled Baggies defence, but his pace and direct running will be a problem for them.