The Championship explodes back into life on Friday night, with a barnstormer between two of the in form teams in the second tier. Turf Moor is the venue for Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion
Burnley vs West Brom Tips
What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? We should find out in East Lancashire on Friday evening, where top of the league Burnley (21/20) meet playoff charging West Brom (13/5).
Vincent Kompany has done a stunning job in BB10, losing just two games all season and sitting proudly, a massive 16 points above 3rd place in the automatic promotion places.
Not only that, but he has completely changed the footballing philosophy at the Clarets, switching out Sean Dyche’s more direct style for a free flowing, high intensity, passing unit.
Another man doing a supreme job is Carlos Corberan, who many raised eyebrows at, when he was installed in the Hawthorns hot seat.
The Spaniard worked miracles in taking Huddersfield Town to the Championship play off final and appears to working his magic again.
The Baggies were in the bottom three when he took over and since then, they’ve won nine out of the last ten games to shoot up to 6th in the table.
This looks like an absolute cracker in the making, on a cold and wintery night at Turf Moor.
Vincent Kompany is without Jack Cork, who misses this one through suspension after picking up ten yellow cards for the season. Vitinho and Taylor Harwood-Bellis are still injured.
Carlos Corberan is likely without Brandon Thomas-Asante who has missed the last two games and is joined by Kyle Bartley on the injury list.
Burnley to win – 21/20
The Clarets were absolutely stunned back in early November, when Sheffield United absolutely walloped them 5-2 at Bramall Lane.
Since then, they’ve put together a run of seven straight wins, starting with a 3-0 demolition of M65 neighbours Burnley and ending with a 1-0 win over Coventry City.
In that time they have conceded just two solitary goals, whilst scoring 16 times.
West Brom have been similarly impressive but have shown a vulnerability in defence, as evidenced by the 3-3 draw with Chesterfield in the FA Cup and conceding twice against Luton.
I expect Burnley to edge this one in a highly entertaining game, to extend their lead at the top.
Jay Rodriguez first goal scorer – 5/1
Rodriguez is leading the Clarets with nine goals from his 23 appearances and should be leading the line here.
Betfred are running their famed Double Delight/ Hat-trick Heaven Promotion on this match, meaning should Rodriguez score first and then go on to score a second, you will be paid at double the odds (10/1). Should he score a 3rd, you would be paid at triple the odds (15/1).
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