Clarets might struggle to end their goal drought at The Hawthorns.
It may be wise not to expect a goal rush when West Bromwich Albion take on Burnley at The Hawthorns this Sunday.
The baggies scored three in an extra-time win over Hull City in the Capital One Cup in midweek but have only managed to hit the net only three times in the Premier League so far.
The Clarets have fared even worse – they’ve scored only one goal so far in six league and cup matches and look chronically short of the kind of firepower that will be required to survive in the top flight.
That said, Sean Dyche has very much placed the emphasis on defence in the early weeks of the season as he tries to get to grips with his big task of keeping Burnley up and his side have been fairly miserly. They’ve racked up three 0-0 draws in a row with only Chelsea managing to score more than once past Tom Heaton so far.
There will come a time, of course, when a more adventurous approach will be required but that may not be against a team that many expect to be among the strugglers themselves this season.
Albion did grab a surprise win at Spurs last week but have yet to take all three points in front of their own fans so far this season and have only managed one win in their last 11 on home soil stretching back into last season.
That kind of run brings its own pressure and morale will return to rock-bottom if they fail to beat Burnley, though they’ll probably have to do it without Brown Ideye who injured his ankle after scoring in midweek.
Alan Irvine’s side will be encouraged by the fact that they’ve not failed to score in their last matches against Burnley but probably need Saido Berahino to start fulfilling his undoubted potential.
They’ll have to be wary at set-pieces against the Clarets as Kieran Trippier is a dead-ball expert and four of the goals conceded by West Brom so far this season have come from crosses launched into their box – maybe Irvine may be considering a recall for out-of-favour Gareth McAuley to solve that problem.
West Brom may just edge this one at 10/11 – a 1-0 correct score is 24/5.
The match kicks off at 4.00pm on Sunday, September 28th at the Hawthorns.