Shorn of 41 Championship goals-worth of strikeforce Burnley haven’t scored in five games, but that’s expected to change against a buoyant West Brom side at the Hawthorns.
The Baggies are even-money favourites for their third victory in a week when the Premier League new boys come to the midlands, with Sean Dyche’s side’s chances of a first win in the division given a dismissive 3/1 billing and the draw rated a 12/5 chance.
Burnley’s inability to find the net undoubtedly plays a large part in the damning assessment of their victory chances, but they should be backed to score only their second league goal this term at 1/2.
The primary reason for this is their hosts’ shoddy defensive record on home turf stretching back to last season.
Only four Premier League sides failed to find notch at the Hawthorns during 2013/14 and the three to visit so far in their first campaign under Alan Irvine’s tutelage have scored at least twice.
Even Capital One Cup visitors Oxford, of the fourth tier, were able to find a way past cup keeper Boaz Myhill in late August.
Only six League Two teams have mustered fewer strikes in the division this term than Michael Appleton’s men.
That should sharpen the resolve of Dyche’s goal-shy Clarets.
Meanwhile, the bounce in the Baggies’ step imbued by back-to-back wins for the first time since the 23rd of February 2013 should afford them the space to end their barren spell as the hosts attempt to dominate their visitors with a newfound confidence.
A less discussed side of Burnley’s return to the Premier League is their joint-best in the division three clean sheets and the organisation that has enabled them to amass a modest total of three points can frustrate West Brom while creating opportunities on the counter attack.
Bearing this in mind the 9/2 about a win to nil for last term’s silver medallists rates an intriguing 9/2 bet, while odds of 13/2 on a 1-0 away win also appeal.