West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has credited Burnley for being the “best team in the league” at how they play football and has said his side will approach the game in an “entirely different” way.
The Baggies are set to go head-to-head with the Clarets at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon, with the Midlands club set to continue their attempt at escaping from the looming threat of relegation.
Burnley are unbeaten in their last three games in the Premier League, while Albion will feel confident after securing a point against Manchester United last weekend.
Talking ahead of the clash with Sean Dyche’s side (via Sky Sports), Allardyce indicated that Burnley are the very best at playing the way they do. He said:
“We’ve had time, which we haven’t had before since I’ve been here, we’ve had time which is through the week preparation, hopefully that will bring more success to the way we play at Burnley.
“I think we’ve got to look at it, certainly the players look at it, in an entirely different manner, entirely different tactics.
“Burnley are the best team in the league by far on how they play.”
Difficult to break down
Allardyce certainly isn’t wrong that Burnley are in a class of their own when it comes to the unique way in which they play.
Under Dyche, Burnley have been characterised by their sometimes toothless attack but their near-constantly resolute backline. Especially at home, the Clarets can prove to be difficult to break down.
That said, the quality that the Lancashire side have in their squad isn’t quite enough to stave off the bigger clubs, proving that even though they usually defend well, they’re far from proving impenetrable.
Burnley prefer to play direct and they prefer to play a more physical game, and Allardyce will be well aware of the threat they pose from set plays when the sides meet on Saturday.
West Brom currently sit 14 points off Burnley, and more importantly 12 points off 17th place Newcastle, meaning a win over the Clarets would go some way in keeping survival hopes alive.
In other West Brom news, Sam Allardyce has expressed a desire to remain at West Brom beyond the end of the current campaign.