Ryan Elliott of Oddschecker looks at the betting...


It certainly won’t be first on Match of the Day this Saturday evening.

But Albion’s clash with Burnley has plenty riding on it – far more than Chris Hughton would have hoped a few weeks ago.

A series of poor results – ranging from narrow, valiant defeats to fully-fledged capitulations – have seen Albion sleepwalk into a relegation battle and, all of a sudden, things are starting to get a little tense.

It’s also looking like a particularly poor time to play Burnley. Sean Dyche’s side are unbeaten in six Premier League matches, drawing the last three.

They will certainly fancy their chances against this stuttering Albion side.

The 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor back in December was pretty harrowing, and though Albion’s Amex form is generally excellent, if Burnley can earn a point at Old Trafford, they can get something from this game too.

One big positive for Albion is their FA Cup replay triumph over West Brom.

While the whole affair wasn’t ideal preparation for Burnley in a fitness sense (though very few first-teamers ended up playing), winning breeds winning, and Albion digging out a result against a resolute side, much like the Clarets will be on Saturday, can only be a positive.

While a victory would be an incredible weight of Albion’s shoulders, Burnley’s irksome ability to grind out results of late may come to fruition here.

The Seagulls have been wasteful in recent weeks – including in both legs against The Baggies – so I can envisage another frustrating draw.

A point apiece looks generously priced at 23/10.



A nice stats-based banker coming up now: under 10.5 corners, priced at 14/19.

Albion and Burnley average 4.04 and 3.28 corners-per-game in the Premier League this season – the two lowest earners in the division – which is why this one looks destined to land.

The clash at Turf Moor saw nine corners awarded (seven to Albion), but that was against a rag-tag Burnley outfit.

I’m expecting to see even fewer this weekend.



Now this is a proper longshot: Glenn Murray and Ashley Barnes, pictured, to score at any time and the match to be drawn – priced at 16/1.

As every Albion fan probably knows by now, Murray is the only player who looks capable of scoring on a regular basis (barring Florin Andone, who is now banned), which is why this part of the bet should come as no surprise.

The veteran has ten Premier League goals this season, and still has plenty more in the tank.

Barnes, who I still wish Albion kept hold of, is Burnley’s top scorer (six), and will be absolutely desperate to get one over on his old club.

He has scored in his last two matches, so this one isn’t to be overlooked.