Match Previews

Team news: No new injury worries ahead of Burnley's visit

A look ahead to Saturday's Premier League action at the Amex.

By Bruce Talbot • 17 February 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
The players preparing for Saturday's game against Burnley

Albion return to the Amex for the first time in a month on Saturday when they take on Burnley in the first of back-to-back home games.

The Clarets are bottom of the Premier League and have only won once this season, but will feel they are eminently capable of climbing the table. They have lost fewer games (9) than any of the teams in the bottom seven and have as many as three games in hand on their rivals.

Team news

Graham Potter reported no new injury concerns after Tuesday’s game against Manchester United. Enock Mwepu and Jeremy Sarmiento are still out and Lewis Dunk serves a one-match ban after his red card at Old Trafford.

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PL highlights: Burnley 1 Albion 2

Previous meetings

Albion are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games with Sean Dyche’s side, although they have not won any of their previous four top-flight meetings with Burnley at the Amex.

Three of those ended in draws including a 0-0 stalemate last season. Burnley won 3-1 at the Amex when Shane Duffy got Albion’s consolation back in February 2019.

Albion have won two of the last three games against the Clarets, all at Turf Moor. A 2-1 triumph secured with goals by Yves Bissouma and Aaron Connolly came in the final game of the 2019-20 season and Graham Potter’s side came from behind to win 2-1 on the opening day of this campaign, thanks to goals from Neal Maupay and Alexis Mac Allister.

Albion’s last Amex triumph came in August 2013 when Andrew Crofts and Leonardo Ulloa were on target in a 2-0 win in the Championship.

Player to watch

Burnley swooped quickly to replace Chris Wood when he joined Newcastle last month, bringing in Dutch striker Wout Weghorst.

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Wout Weghorst has been a regular scorer at his previous clubs

Weghorst enjoyed three seasons in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and finished among the top four goalscorers each time. The Netherlands international has hit double figures for league goals in six consecutive campaigns, dating back to his time with AZ Alkmaar and Heracles in the Eredivisie.

The 6ft 6in striker will pose a big aerial threat, but there is far more to his game.

Weghorst is composed in 1v1 situations, a solid penalty-taker and shows natural predatory instincts, regularly taking half-chances inside the penalty area.

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