BURNLEY v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 8th February
With the dust having settled on
another disappointing transfer window at The Hawthorns, attention switches back
to on-field matters and an absolutely crucial game at Turf Moor against fellow
With Tony Pulis experiencing
defeat for the first time as Baggies' boss in last weekend's match against
Spurs, the pressure will be on
Albion to bounce
back with a good performance and result against a Burnley side who sit just two
points and three places behind them in the Premier League table.
After winning promotion last
season Burnley were most pundits prediction for relegation but the Lancashire
side have put up more than a fight than most expected, aided in no small part by
the goals of in-demand striker Danny Ings. Although the Clarets have come under
fire from their own support over their inactivity during the January transfer
window, their most important business may be the fact that seven goal top-scorer
Ings remained at Turf Moor, this despite the interest of a number of clubs both
in the Premier League and overseas.
Meanwhile, Albion's own transfer
window ended yet again with a feeling of insufficiency in terms of players
signed. With the Baggies crying out for pacy attacking players it was
desperately disappointing to see just the one in Callum McManaman arrive. As for
the club's other signing, if Darren Fletcher can return to anything like his
pre-illness form then he will be an excellent signing in the middle of the park
and one would assume the captaincy of the club is surely his for the taking.
With Fletcher and McManaman
looking likely to start in midfield at Turf Moor alongside Chris Brunt and
Claudio Yacob, all eyes will be on Tony Pulis' defensive selection. Last
weekend's defeat against Spurs saw Joleon Lescott once again deployed at
left-back, a move that was met with derision by the Baggies' faithful. Lescott,
who has easily been Albion's best player this season, looks totally
uncomfortable in the full-back role and the travelling support will be hoping to
see him return to his rightful place in the centre of defence. Up-front, Saido
Berahino looks likely to keep his place despite another ill-advised and
unauthorised interview with the press in which he once again made clear he wants
out of the club. Unfortunately, with only the injury-prone Victor Anichebe and
the out of form, and some would say out of his depth, Brown Ideye, Albion have
no choice but to persist with Berahino despite his petulance.
The first game between the sides
at The Hawthorns back in September ended in an easy 4-0 win for the Baggies but
without question the trip to Turf Moor will be anything but easy although it's a
game Albion can and do need to win. With the club's run-in at the end of the
season looking particularly daunting it's vital that they start picking
up wins quickly and the game at
Burnley offers a good and realistic chance of victory. Of course,
the hosts will probably be feeling very much the same way but if Lescott and co. can
snuff out the threat of Ings, Tony Pulis' men will have a good chance of
returning down the M6 with all three points.
ATWD Prediction: Burnley 1-2
The game will be the 127th competitive meeting between Albion and Burnley. The
Baggies currently have 54 wins to their name compared to The Clarets' 45.
Albion's last game on this date came just last
year, the Baggies suffering a 3-1 Premier League defeat against Crystal Palace
at Selhurst Park. The club's last win on February 8 came in 1992 when goals from
Bob Taylor (2) and Gary Robson, saw Albion record a 3-0 win over Birmingham City
in a Third Division clash at St Andrews.
Burnley's last game on this date also came as
recently as last season, the Clarets beating Millwall 3-1 at Turf Moor in a
The Clarets are hosting Albion in top-flight
football for the first time since December 1970.
Albion have won just two of their last 17 league
games at Burnley.
The Baggies are the division's
second lowest scorers in away games with 11 goals, but do have the third best
last six games: Tottenham Hotspur (H) 0-3;
Birmingham City (A, FAC) 2-1; Everton (A) 0-0; Hull City (H) 1-0; Gateshead (H, FAC)
7-0; West Ham United (A) 1-1.
Burnley's last six games: Sunderland (A) 0-2;
Crystal Palace (H) 2-3; Tottenham Hotspur (A, FAC) 2-4; Queens Park Rangers (H)
2-1; Tottenham Hotspur (A, FAC) 1-1; Newcastle United (A) 3-3.
New signing Darren Fletcher looks set to make his
debut for the Baggies in the lunchtime clash at Turf Moor. The former Manchester
United man could replace fellow Scot James Morrison who is struggling with a
Boaz Myhill could return to the squad after missing
last week's defeat against Spurs due to a hand injury but Swedish defender Jonas
Olsson won't be considered despite returning to training.
Clarets' boss Sean Dyche has no
new injury worries and may name the same side for the 10th successive Premier
Matt Taylor remains missing following Achilles surgery whilst Kevin Long (knee)
is out long-term.
Albion Win: 9/5, Burnley Win: 13/8, Draw:
Berahino 11/2, Anichebe 6/1, Sessegnon 8/1, McManaman 9/1, Brunt 12/1, Gardner
12/1, Dorrans 14/1, Morrison 14/1, Dawson 20/1, McAuley 25/1, Lescott 25/1,
Baird 28/1, Yacob 28/1, Fletcher 33/1.
Burnley: Ings 5/1, Barnes 11/2, Vokes 6/1,
Jutkiewicz 13/2, Sordell 15/2, Boyd 9/1, Kightly 11/1, Wallace 14/1, Arfield
14/1, Jones 20/1, Marney 20/1, Keane 25/1, Reid 28/1, Trippier 33/1.
No Goalscorer: 7/1.
Mike Dean (Wirral)
Dean has officiated two Albion games so far this
season, both at The Hawthorns - the 1-0 win over Aston Villa in December and the
2-2 draw against Manchester United in October.
He refereed four Albion games last season - the
1-0 win at home to West Ham in April, the 1-1 draw at home to Fulham in
February, the 3-3 draw at West Ham in December and the 2-0 defeat at home to
Swansea City in September.
The Wirral official has taken charge of two Burnley
games this season - the 3-3 draw at Newcastle United on New Year's Day and the
0-0 draw at Crystal Palace in September.
Dean has issued 96 yellow cards and five red in the
22 games he has officiated so far this season.
Tickets are available on the
gate at Turf Moor priced at £35 adults, £17 Under-17s and £24 seniors (over
Thick cloud, 2°C.
The two clubs first ever meeting came in a friendly
fixture at Stoney Lane in November 1885, the visitors running out 3-0 winners.
Albion's first league meetings with Burnley took place
in 1888 during the Football League's inaugural season. The first game between the sides,
in September at Stoney Lane, ended in a 4-3 home win for the Baggies, Walter
Perry, Billy Bassett, Billy Hendry and Charlie Shaw the goalscorers. Six weeks
later Burnley won
the return fixture at Turf Moor 2-0.
The Baggies' biggest win against Burnley came in
November 1967 when they recorded a 8-1 victory at The Hawthorns, Bobby
Hope (2), Clive Clark (2), Tony Brown, Eddie Colquhoun, John Kaye and Jeff
Astle were the Albion goalscorers.
The Lancashire side's best win of 6-1 came at Turf Moor
1951 with Billy Morris scoring four of the Burnley goals.
Albion's last victory at
Turf Moor came in February 2002 when two goals from Jason Roberts saw Gary Megson's
promotion-chasing side claim all three points with a 2-0 win.
Burnley's last league win against the Baggies came in August 2007, a 2-1
victory at Turf Moor. The Clarets' last win at The Hawthorns came almost 45
years ago in December 1969 when a Steve Kindon goal was enough to give the
visitors a 1-0 win.
A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 24 January 2009 - Albion 2-2 Burnley - FA Cup 4th Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 2 February 2008 - Albion 2-1 Burnley - League Championship - The Hawthorns
Saturday 16 August 2003 - Albion 4-1 Burnley - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Saturday 6 March 1993 - Albion 2-0 Burnley - League Division Two - The Hawthorns
MEETING AT TURF MOOR
FA Cup 4th round replay
Tuesday 3 February 2009, 7:45pm
Alexander, Duff, Caldwell, Kalvenes, McDonald (Gudjonsson 80), Elliott, McCann,
Blake, Paterson (Rodriguez 90), Thompson (MacDonald 90+2). Subs not used:
Penny, Carlisle, Akinbiyi, Mahon.
45+1, Thompson 52, 88
Booked: Caldwell 25
Zuiverloon, Donk, Pele, Cech, Kim, Dorrans, Simpson (Brunt 36), Filipe Teixeira
(Hoefkens 58), Fortune, Bednar. Subs not used: Kiely, Robinson, Koren,
Goalscorer: Zuiverloon 60
Referee: Mike Jones
Steven Thompson struck twice as
Burnley dumped Premier League West Brom out of the FA Cup to set up a fifth
round tie against Arsenal or Cardiff. Wade Elliott volleyed in the first for the
Clarets before Thompson lashed in the second after a failed clearance. Gianni
Zuiverloon fired in from the edge of the box on the hour to give the Baggies
hope. Robbie Blake skilfully set up Thompson for a simple tap in for his second
and Burnley's third to see them through.
The victory is Burnley's fourth
against top flight opposition this season and goes some small way towards
exorcising the ghost of their last-gasp defeat to Tottenham in the Carling Cup
semi-final. West Brom boss Tony Mowbray made six changes to the side that faced
Hull in the Premier League last Saturday, indicating where
the FA Cup features in his list of priorities. It was one of those changes,
Roman Bednar, who almost gave the visitors the lead four minutes before the
interval when Marc-Antoine Fortune beat the offside trap and laid the ball back
to the Czech, but his strike was diverted for a corner by keeper Brian Jensen.
Three minutes later,
Burnley took the lead when a long punt upfield from Jensen was headed upwards by
an Albion defender and Elliott was on hand to strike a superb volley into the
left-hand corner from 20 yards.
Burnley grabbed a second seven
minutes after the break when Martin Paterson's far-post header from a Christian
Kalvenes cross was blocked, but Thompson was on hand to lash the loose ball in
from six yards. Yet the visitors responded impressively and with half an hour to
go Zuiverloon was given enough space on the right side of the Burnley penalty
area to drill a fine low shot past Jensen into the bottom corner. Any hopes the
Baggies had of forcing extra-time were ended two minutes from time when Blake
brilliantly set up Thompson in the six-yard box to tap in his second and seal a
Albion's Chris Baird spent a short spell as
a Burnley player towards the end of the 2013/14 season.
Burnley defender Steven Reid spent four years at The Hawthorns before
moving to Turf Moor last summer following his release by Albion.
players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Colin
Anderson, Henry Boyd, David Campbell, Len Cantello, Bill Chambers, Richard Chaplow,
Paul Crichton, Delroy Facey, Ronnie Fenton, Gary
Germaine, Tony Grant, Brian Jensen, Tommy Jones, Joey Law, Andy Marriott,
Mickey Mellon, Len Moorwood, Tony Morley, James O'Connor, Mike
Phelan, Stuart Robertson, Artim Sakiri, Barry Siddall, Frank Sinclair, Wilf
Smith, John Talbut, Stanislav Varga, Gavin Ward, Winston White and Jason Withe.
Brocklebank played over 100 games for Burnley in the 1930s, later
becoming an Albion scout; Alan Stevenson was Commercial Manager at
The Hawthorns having earlier been a Burnley player.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS BURNLEY
TEN MATCHES AGAINST BURNLEY
Sun 28 Sep 2014
Dawson, Berahino 2, Dorrans
Tue 03 Feb 2009
Zuiverloon - Elliott, Thompson 2
Sat 24 Jan 2009
Koren, Kim - Alexander (pen), Paterson
Sat 02 Feb 2008
Cesar, Bednar - O'Connor
Sat 11 Aug 2007
Phillips - Duff, Gray (pen)
Mon 23 Apr 2007
Koumas, Ellington - Gray 2, McCann
Sat 18 Nov 2006
Koumas, Ellington, Carter
Sat 17 Jan 2004
League Division 1
Horsfield - Blake
Sat 16 Aug 2003
League Division 1
Sakiri, Hulse, Hughes 2 - Blake
Sun 03 Feb 2002
League Division 1