Burnley vs West Brom: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Turf Moor

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West Brom travel to Turf Moor on Sunday for a relegation six-pointer against Burnley.

Both Premier League strugglers are looking to return to winning ways after tasting defeat last weekend, the first loss for new coach Tony Pulis since he took over the helm at the Baggies.

New signing Darren Fletcher, who made 340 appearances in his 12 years for Manchester United, could make his debut for West Brom, who haven’t won any of their last six away matches.

The 31-year-old Scotsman could line up alongside Saido Berahino who is currently in the ‘naughty chair’, according to Pulis, after he admitted he wants to leave the Hawthorns this summer.

Goal shy Burnley, with just one win in five, have netted just 11 goals in 12 home matches in their return to the top flight this season but four of these have come in their last two games. 

The east Lancashire club are looking to avoid three straight defeats but a win for Sean Dyche’s men could see them leapfrog West Brom in 15th if results go their way.

If their previous encounters are anything to go by, the smart money is on a home win after none of the last nine league meetings between the sides have ended in an away win.

Burnley will be without Kevin Long, Stephen Ward but Matthew Taylor could return and James Morrison and Jonas Olsson are both facing late fitness tests.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 12pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

West Brom 4 (Dawson, Berahino 2, Dorrans) Burnley 0, Premier League, September 2014

Burnley 3 (Elliot, Thompson 2) West Brom 1 (Zuiverloon), FA Cup, February 2009

West Brom 2 (Koren, Do-Heon) Burnley 2 (Alexander, Paterson), FA Cup, January 2009

STATS…

Geord Boyd has covered more ground in a single match than anyone else in the Premier League, having covered 13.55km in one game.

Danny Ings has converted 38.9% of his shots on target.

West Brom have conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League matches than anybody else this season (9).

Sean Dyche’s side have conceded the most headed goals in the Premier League this season (12).

Joleon Lescott has conceded more penalties than any other player so far (3).

Burnley have conceded the most first half goals in the Premier League this season (22).

ODDS…

Burnley to win: 2.6

West Brom to win: 3

Draw: 3.25

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday at 12pm. Highlights on MOTD2 on BBC1 at 10pm.

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