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Big Preview: West Ham United v Burnley

1 May 2015

West Ham v Burnley
Upton Park
2/5/15


Overview:

The Clarets head to Upton Park knowing three points would be huge in their hunt for survival.

Burnley currently sit at the bottom of the league, five points from safety, but that could be reduced to two come Saturday night.

They come up against a side who started the season in scintillating form and were dreaming of a spot in Europe as late as December.

Since then though, the East London side have slumped, winning just two league games since the turn of the year and they now find themselves in 11th going into the weekend’s clash.

Last ten matches:

Burnley: LDLLWLDLLL
West Ham: DDLLLWLDLD

One to watch: Alex Song:

The midfielder is on loan at the Hammers from Barcelona, was one of the main reasons the London side were flirting with a top four place.

Song was the heartbeat of the side that won nine out of their first 17 Barclays Premier League fixtures.

An experienced and combative holding midfielder, the Cameroonian will be hoping to help keep the Clarets at bay this weekend as Sam Allardyce’s side look to end the season on a high.

Last time out:

Burnley (Boyd 60) 1-3 West Ham (Sakho 49, Valencia 54, Cole 70)
Turf Moor
18/10/14


Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Kightly (Chalobah 83), Jones, Boyd, Arfield, Ings (Sordell 83), Jutkiewicz (Barnes 65)

Unused Subs: Gilks, Ward, Long, Wallace.

West Ham: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Jenkinson, Collins, Downing, Noble, Amalfitano, Song (Nolan 83), Sakho, Valencia (Cole 59)

Unused Subs: Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Burke, Jarvis, Vaz Te

Attendance: 18,936

Last meeting at the Boleyn Ground:

West Ham (Nolan 52) 1-2 Burnley (McCann 57, Vokes 75)
3/12/11

West Ham: Green, McCartney, Tomkins, Faye, O’Brien (Carew 80), Faubert, Nolan, Collison, Taylor (Piquionne 56), Noble, Cole.

Unused Subs: Stech, Demel, Diop.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee, McCann, Marney, Stanislas (Vokes 69), Bartley, Treacy (Wallace 58), Rodriguez.

Unused Subs: Stewart, Easton, Hines.

Attendance: 26,274 

Team News:

Burnley have long term injuries with Dean Marney and Kevin Long sidelined while Steven Reid hopes to return to the squad after a slight calf strain.

Sam Vokes may miss out through a minor thigh injury, but Ashley Barnes returns after serving his suspension.

Meanwhile, Andy Carroll (knee), Diafra Sakho (thigh), Guy Demel (calf) and Doneil Henry (hamstring) are all expected to miss the clash for the hosts.

Stat of the Day:

The last time the Clarets played on the 2nd May, the Clarets beat Plymouth 2-1 at Turf Moor in 1998.

They Say:

Sean Dyche:
“We all know that three points in this division can radically change the look, the perception and the feel of the league, particularly at the top and bottom end.”

Sam Allardyce:
"I don’t think it will be a tight game because Burnley know they have to come here and go for it. We have to be aware of that, stay solid and exploit the spaces they may leave." 

Officials:

Jonathan Moss will take charge of Burnley’s trip to West Ham United this Saturday.

The fixture at Upton Park will be Moss's fourth game in charge of the Clarets this season: following the games at WBA and QPR and the home clash with Swansea City.

Mr Moss, who has awarded 101 yellow cards and seven red in 27 appearances this season, will be assisted by Mr S Bennett and E Smart, and fourth official Mr K Friend.


This weekend’s Premier League fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Leicester v Newcastle 12:45pm
Aston Villa v Everton
Liverpool v QPR
Sunderland v Southampton
Swansea v Stoke
West Ham v Burnley
Man Utd v West Brom 5:30pm

Sunday 3rd May 2015

Chelsea v Crystal Palace 1:30pm
Tottenham v Man City 4pm

Monday 4th May 2015

Hull v Arsenal 8pm



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