Only two points separate these two sides ahead of this clash at Turf Moor. Defeat isn't an option for either team however a share of the spoils looks to be the most likely options in the North-west.
Burnley have climbed their way out of the relegation zone but they haven’t climbed very far and could find themselves back in the bottom three if they’re not careful. Things were looking promising for the Clarets at the turn of the year, a 3-3 draw at Newcastle being followed by a 1-1 draw with Spurs in the FA Cup and a 2-1 Premier League win against QPR at Turf Moor.
Nevertheless, things quickly turned sour and the Lancashire side have lost their last two top-flight matches and suffered an exit from the FA Cup thanks to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Spurs in the third round replay. As such, manager Sean Dyche will be eager for his charges to bounce back from these setbacks and we feel that they manage something against a Baggies side who have just one Premier League win since mid December.
Two first-half goals saw Sunderland inflict Burnley’s second successive top-flight defeat on Saturday and Dyche will be in no doubt as to the huge task ahead of him. The Clarets remain favourites for relegation back to the Championship despite climbing out of the drop zone and a home win is desperately needed ahead of trips to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge in the next fortnight.
West Brom’s 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur was their first since new manager Tony Pulis took over the reins. Indeed, West Brom were unbeaten in their first five games this year, however they will be facing a Burnley side which is certainly improving at the front, if not at the rear and a close battle is set to ensue at Turf Moor on Sunday lunchtime.
This really is too close to call and this encounter has ‘low-scoring draw’ written all over it. There will be goalscorers however and we really can’t look past Burnley’s top scorer Danny Ings. Ings has scored seven goals this season, including the second against Crystal Palace last month and we can surely expect to see his name on the scoresheet on Sunday.
Our betting tips
Match ending in a draw – Paddy Power 23/10
Anytime Goalscorer, Danny Ings – Ladbrokes 2/1
All odds were correct at time of posting.