PL PREVIEW: West Ham Utd v Burnley
Clarets look for more capital gains at West Ham
The Clarets head to London for a rare Saturday 3pm kick-off to take on the mid-table Hammers.
And Sean Dyche’s men will be hoping to extend their impressive recent run in the capital.
The Clarets won at Arsenal in December to make it a hat-trick of victories in the city following wins at Crystal Palace and West Ham as part of a superb run post-lockdown last season.
A Jay Rodriguez goal in July secured a 1-0 win at the London Stadium, which has been a happy hunting ground for the Clarets in recent years.
A third success in four attempts would live Burnley level on points with 15th-placed Newcastle United, although the Hammers have put together a decent run since early November to claim a top-10 place in the table.
And the journey to West Ham is the first of three trips to London in the space of the next fortnight and the first of three away games from the next four in the league in a tough schedule – made no easier by the on-going Covid- 19 restrictions – for Dyche’s side.
“I’ve known David Moyes and his staff for a number of years. I don’t think there’s a massive surprise they’re having a solid season,” said the Burnley boss.
“They will want to correct a little bumpy patch with not as many wins in the last six games.
“But we never under-estimate anyone going down there and all that comes through that. It’s another challenge for us.”
The Clarets are close to full strength, with full-back Charlie Taylor the only doubt as he recovers from a hamstring injury sustained in Burnley’s win over Sheffield United at the end of last month.
West Ham will be without defender Fabian Balbuena as the Paraguay international is self-isolating.
Left-back Arthur Masuaku is also out through injury but the Hammers could have goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski back after missing two games with a thigh strain.
The Clarets saw their five-match unbeaten home run ended by Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Burnley – 16th in the table with 16 points – have lost just two of their last six away games in the Premier League.
Tenth-placed West Ham haven’t played a league game since winning 1-0 at Everton on New Year’s Day.
The Hammers have lost just two of their last 11 games in a run which includes a 1-0 FA Cup victory at Stockport County last Monday night.
However, David Moyes’ side hasn’t won in their last three home games with two draws and a defeat since beating Aston Villa at the end of November.
West Ham manager Dave Moyes: “I think it will be really tough. Over the years, I have to say, they've been a great success story, doing things on probably a minimum budget, not having the tools other clubs have maybe had over the years.
“The manager deserves a lot of credit for the way he's done the work. Even though they've started a bit slowly, I think they'll be fine.”
Goalkeeper Nick Pope is set to make his 100th appearance for the Clarets.
Striker Jay Rodriguez could make his 50th Premier League appearance for Burnley.
Clarets striker Chris Wood has scored six goals in six games against West Ham.
Burnley forward Ashley Barnes is one goal away from 100 in English league and cup football.
The Clarets have won their last three games in London at Arsenal, West Ham and Crystal Palace.
Burnley did the double over West Ham last season and have lost only one of their last six games against the Hammers.
The Clarets have won the last three meetings without conceding a goal.
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Sat, Oct 2, 2021