We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…
Kevin Phillips predicts West Brom to earn a point away at Burnley on Saturday in their vital match down at the bottom of the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce’s men have looked dead and buried for weeks but a positive result at Turf Moor could spring some life back into the Baggies, who did well to draw with Manchester United last week.
As it stands, Albion are 19th in the table, 12 points away from 17th and 14 points behind Burnley, who are 15th and unbeaten in their last three.
Phillips believes Sean Dyche’s side will be hard to break down on Saturday but still backs Albion to get on the scoresheet and grab themselves a point.
He told West Brom News: “Burnley had a great result at Palace last week, Fulham held them to a draw. It’s going to be a tough match.
“You know what Burnley are all about, they’re a physical team.
“If West Brom want any slight hope of staying up they have to beat Burnley and even then it’s still a massive task for Big Sam.
“I’m going to go for them to get a point. I don’t see them beating Burnley because Burnley are a solid team, they don’t concede too many goals. I’m going to go for a score draw.”
Nothing but a win will do for West Brom, who face Burnley, Brighton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace in their next four matches.
We would say that it’s a make or break run for Big Sam and his players but the damage has largely been down already because they can win all four of those and still be in the bottom three due to a ridiculously bad goal difference.
Albion have been woeful this season and deserve to be relegated based on what we’ve seen so far.
Beating Burnley would be brilliant and a bit of a confidence booster going into the three matches that follow but we really don’t see how a point will do, even though that’s why Big Sam is likely to try and play for.
In other West Brom news, Kamil Grosicki is expected to stay at the club for the rest of the season.