West Brom vs Burnley: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to Sunday’s Premier League fixture at the Hawthorns

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West Bromwich Albion will be going into Sunday’s fixture with Burnley with a huge smile on their face after their late, great show against Hull City on Wednesday knocked the Tigers out of the League Cup.

Two goals in as many minutes from Gareth McAuley and Saido Berahino completed a miraculous U-turn in the final three minutes, building on from their impressive first Premier League win of the season that lifted them out of the bottom three after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane last Sunday.

However, Burnley are firmly wedged in the top-flight’s relegation zone after failing to register a league victory this season following their opening five games.

Sean Dyche’s Clarets are second from bottom after losing their opening two fixtures to Chelsea and Swansea City, before playing out three goalless draws to leave them without a Premier League goal in their last four outings.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm.

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Burnley 3 (Elliott, Thompson 2) West Bromwich Albion 1 (Zuiverloon), FA Cup, February 2009

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

West Bromwich Albion 2 (Cesar, Bednar) Burnley 1 (O’Connor), Championship, February 2008

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Dyche with his players

 

STATS…

Burnley have gone 555 minutes of football without scoring a goal in all competitions.

It has been over four years (1,484 days) since the Clarets last Premier League win, a 4-2 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the 2009-10 season.

The Clarets are the lowest goalscorers inside the Premier League and Football League with only one goal so far this season, Scott Arfield against Chelsea in their opening game of the season.

Burnley have not won at the Hawthorns in their last nine visits.

Burnley have played out three successive goalless draws in their last three Premier League games.

Burnley have the joint second-best defence in the Premier League having conceded just four goals all season, only Southampton have conceded less (3).

Newcastle United and Sunderland are the only other teams in the Premier League that have yet to register a win this season.

England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino is the Baggies’ top goalscorer having scored two of their three Premier League goals this season.

Sunday’s fixture at the Hawthorns is the first-ever meeting between the two clubs in the Premier League.

West Brom’s 1-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend was the first time they won on a Sunday in 15 attempts.

 

ODDS…

West Bromwich Albion to win: 1.95

Burnley to win: 3.9

Draw: 3.4

 

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

Burnley moved 13 points clear of the relegation in the Championship during the 2006-07 season after upsetting play-off hopefuls West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at Turf Moor on April 23.

Two goals in as many minutes from Jason Koumas and Nathan Ellington had fired the Baggies into a two-goal cushion after only eight minutes, although Andy Gray pulled one back for the Clarets on 15 minutes.

It was left to a second-half revival for Burnley to snatch all three points from West Brom as Gray netted his brace just three minutes into the second-half before Chris McCann grabbed the winner just three minutes from time to shock the fifth-placed visitors.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm, highlights on BBC 1 from 10.30pm on Sunday.

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