Premier League Preview: West Brom vs. Burnley

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  • Baggies beat Leicester in last game
  • Burnley have no away wins this season
  • Last meeting at Hawthorns: WBA won 4-0

West Bromwich Albion host Burnley at the Hawthorns on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as the Baggies and Clarets both go in search of back-to-back wins.

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Last time out Tony Pulis‘ men stunned Leicester City and became the first team to win at the King Power Stadium in over 13 months. As for Burnley, their strong home form continued tas Sean Dyche‘s side beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in a thrilling encounter.

Expected Monday’s game in the Midlands to be a cagey affair with both teams knowing this would be a huge three points as reaching the magic 40-point marker as soon as possible is at the forefront of their minds.

In team news West Brom will be without striker Saido Berahino as he continues to work in a fitness camp in France to try and get back to full fitness following a frustrating 12 months in and out of the team. Nacer Chadli could also be missing. Burnley will be without Stephen Ward in their only absentee.

What they’re saying

Pulis on foreign bosses in the Premier League: “That’s the way it is, they come into the country, they’re sexy, they’re new, they’re bright. That’s fine, brilliant, not a problem for me. I’ll listen to them, they say Klopp trains them three times a day in preseason, absolutely amazing. I’d never have thought of that…”

Dyche on Burnley’ strong start: “I think it’s a solid start, at least and with the last performance, it turns into a good start overall. It gives us a real good base to build from. But, it’s a so-far story, it’s not a ‘oh well that’s it’, because we know some of the challenges that are coming our way. It changes in the Premier League almost weekly, depending on whether you’ve had a good result or a bad result.”

Prediction

This will be a close game between two teams who love to play direct and take no chances in possession. That said, home advantage could just edge it for the Baggies who  will be buoyed by their big win at Leciester before the international break. 2-1 to West Brom.