Albion travel to Turf Moor on Saturday in what can only be described as a crunch fixture for the Baggies, who sit 19th in the relegation zone.
With Sam Allardyce’s men facing a run of favourable fixtures, a win against the Clarets would provide Albion with a platform to potentially pull off the unlikeliest of great escapes.
Although, Sean Dyche’s side cannot be underestimated. With Burnley currently on a three game unbeaten run — including an impressive 3-0 triumph away to Crystal Palace — their Premier League status looks to be secure for another season, with the Clarets twelve points clear of safety.
Here’s an overview of our opponents: Burnley.
Dyche’s Burnley are an epitome of what can be achieved in the top-flight by doing the basics right and keeping their football simple. With the Clarets’ squad based on hard-working and resilient characters they have proven their defensive capabilities throughout numerous Premier League seasons.
Ben Mee and James Tarkowski have been Dyche’s favoured centre back pairing since the 2017/2018 season with both willing to put their body on the line repeatedly. Once more Burnley have been impressive at the back this season with Mee and Tarkowski playing an important role alongside England international Nick Pope to ensure that they have the Premier League’s ninth best defence.
Ashley Westwood has become an important part of the squad at Turf Moor with the former Villa man averaging the most key passes per game at the club with 1.4 (whoscored.com). His dangerous dead-ball delivery has seen Burnley score a third of their goals from set pieces this season.
Dwight McNeil has proven to be one of the Premier League’s breakout stars across the last couple of seasons, with the England under-21 international leading attacks down the left flank for Burnley, with his pace and directness causing full-backs trouble. He averages two dribbles per game, more than the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Bernardo Silva, Anthony Martial and Harvey Barnes to name a few.
Former Albion striker Chris Wood has made a name for himself across the last three Premier League seasons by achieving double figures in the goals tally. Last season was his most prolific one, in regards to finding the back of the net where Wood demonstrated exemplary hold up skills alongside accomplished movement and finishing.
Burnley sit in 15th, 12 points clear of safety and 14 ahead of the Baggies. They could leapfrog Crystal Palace and Southampton with a victory at Turf Moor, although Dyche’s main priority will undoubtedly be on avoiding relegation.
Our most recent meeting with the Clarets was a drab 0-0 earlier on this season at The Hawthorns.
There have not been too many eventful fixtures between the two sides in recent times with 4-0 wins under Alan Irvine and Tony Pulis in 2014, and 2016 respectively providing moments of joy for the Albion faithful.
Overall, since the first meeting between the teams all the way back in 1888, Albion have won 56 times, compared with Burnley’s 46 wins. There have also been 30 draws out of the 132 meetings.