West Brom face their latest must-win game when they travel to face Burnley this weekend.
Winless since their five-goal thriller with Wolves in mid-January, Albion need to bring their A-game to Turf Moor as they look to stave off the looming threat of relegation.
Burnley have the second lowest ‘goals scored’ record in the Premier League, with only Sheffield United worse off, and West Brom will hope that the Clarets are left drawing blanks once again when the two sides meet on Saturday.
However, in his weekly Premier League predictions for BBC Sport, Mark Lawrenson has backed Burnley to emerge as victors over Albion, saying:
“Burnley are rarely very good or very bad, you know what kind of performance you are going to get from them. Even when they don’t play well, they are still obdurate.
“The Clarets just keep chipping away and every point they pick up edges them closer to safety – their draw with Brighton on Wednesday was another step in the right direction.
“West Brom also got a good draw last time out, against Manchester United, but the Baggies are in a situation where they need to be winning games. I don’t see that happening at Turf Moor.”
The BBC pundit has backed Burnley to claim a home victory of 2-1 over Sam Allardyce’s side.
Can’t be left ruing mistakes
Lawro’s predictions don’t make for an enjoyable read this week, but they’re hard to disagree with.
After we failed to beat fellow relegation threatened outfit Sheffield United earlier this month, time is running out for Albion to find the necessary points needed to keep relegation from becoming a nightmare realised.
Allardyce had his players show some heart against Manchester United at the weekend though, earning a valuable point in the process, but they have to kick on now and take the game to Burnley.
Sean Dyche has made Burnley’s defence an awkward nut to crack, but unless we can somehow find a way to do so we could be saying goodbye to the top flight again, and that’s far to soon for us.
Time will tell whether a result against the Clarets will be enough, but we can only take it one step at a time.
In other West Brom news, Sam Allardyce has provided an injury update for his squad ahead of this weekend’s game.