Burnley will look to increase the gap between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone when they welcome struggling West Bromwich Albion to Turf Moor on Saturday.
The game with the Baggies completes a double header against relegation candidates this week for Burnley, who were held to a 1-1 draw on their own patch with Fulham on Wednesday night.
The Clarets currently sit 15th and 9 points above the dotted line – West Brom meanwhile are in the bottom three and have 12 points to make up if they are to pull off the most unlikely of great escapes.
It’s improbable but not impossible, with manager Sam Allardyce taking on his biggest task to date if Albion are to survive this season.
Wins are needed fast; but with just two of them in the top flight all season – the fewest of any Premier League side – it feels a case of now or never for the Baggies.
If they are to beat Burnley, they’ll have to do so in the absence of Grady Diangana, who has returned to training recently but is unlikely to be involved at the weekend.
Burnley meanwhile have far greater injury concerns, with no fewer than 7 first team players suffering with knocks.
Chris Wood, Erik Pieters, Matej Vydra and Dale Stephens will all go through late fitness tests to determine their availability for Saturday’s game, whilst Johann Berg Gudmundsson is ruled out after succumbing to injury against Fulham midweek.
Robbie Brady – who also picked up an issue against the Cottagers – is a major doubt with an ankle problem.
Burnley v West Brom is a 3pm kick off on Saturday 20th February.