One week into the new Premier League season and we have to wonder if undefeated Burnley and West Bromwich Albion are unstoppable. Sure, both teams have only played one game a piece, but with Burnley defeating defending champions Chelsea 3-2 (thanks to 2 red cards), and West Brom winning commandingly 1-0, this is only 95% a joke.
Burnley – (6/4)
West Brom – (19/10)
Draw – (21/10)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (7/5)
Under – (8/15)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (21/20)
No – (7/10)
As we look at these squads, it looks likely only one squad will score, if either at all. Last season neither club enjoyed scoring nearly as much as they liked getting scored on, with Burnley and West Brom having -16 and -8 goal differences, respectively.
Only averaging 1 goal a match, Burnley’s 3 last week puts them way over their quota. West Brom, on the other hand, has no defined man on the attack to take advantage of the departure of former The Clarets’ defender Michael Keane.
If these clubs hope to hit the 2.5 Over/Under mark, it will be in the boot of Sam Vokes. The Clarets’ forward was the clubs only 10 goal scorer last season and opened this season with 2 against Chelsea.
West Bromwich’s only goal of the season goals to defender Ahmed Hegazi, who likely won’t put up too many. They are hoping for some attacking power out of Southampton transfer Jay Rodriguez, who they got to the tune of £13.5 million.
Burnley 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Let’s get something straight really quickly: Predicting a Draw is fun for Nobody, So The Clarets will need to work extra hard just for me. The 2.5 Over/Under will not be hit, and as bad as both defenses are, West Brom’s need for some offensive is much worse.
All faith should be placed on the foot of Sam Vokes, Burnley’s striking do-all.