Winless after five games and enduring a lengthy barren spell in front of goal, Burnley haven’t done too much in the opening exchanges of the season to dispel widespread preconceptions that they’re relegation fodder.
A price as flimsy as 2/5 says Sean Dyche’s side will be sent back from whence they came this term, but three points against West Brom will reshape the relegation picture ever so slightly.
The Clarets can be backed at a sizeable 16/5 to snare the spoils at the Hawthorns, with the hosts assuming even-money favouritism and the draw ranking at 12/5.
Working off the premise that the Baggies are far from unbeatable, Burnley’s price for victory looks fantastic value, with these three factors singing a chorus of support for anyone tempted to invest their hard-earned in the visitors here.
Burnley haven’t failed to score in five straight meetings with Alan Irvine’s men.
They may have been unable to locate the back of the net since Scott Arfield’s 14th-minute strike against Chelsea on the opening day, but a date with the Throstles is all their misfiring frontmen will require to rediscover their misplaced mojos, or so history suggests.
Across the Lancastrian’s goal-filled quintet with this foe they’ve struck a total of 11 times, hitting at least two in four of these games.
West Brom haven’t had the smoothest of starts under Irvine and have looked especially unimpressive on the homestead.
A surprise toppling of Tottenham last time out should keep the wolves from the Scot’s door for a few weeks, but the dissenters will be back in full voice should the Clarets prevail here.
They’ve conceded exactly two goals in both of their league outings, while they couldn’t even keep League Two strugglers Oxford off the scoresheet in the Capital One Cup.
Burnley’s cast-iron rearguard will take some perforating.
Everton have been anything but shrewd at the back this term, yet they managed to keep the Baggies at bay.
Dyche’s side haven’t shipped in three straight, with frontlines as fearsome as Man Utd’s unable to blast the deadlock off their backline.