Burnley Match Preview
After going so long without defeat on the road, West Ham United have lost their last two away games in the Premier League. The Hammers will hope to get back to winning ways when they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley this afternoon.
The Irons will be looking to notch up consecutive top-flight victories for only the third time this season and claim their first win away from Stratford since the 4-1 triumph at Aston Villa back on 31 October.
It will be a completely different starting line-up to the one that took to the field in Thursday night’s final UEFA Europa League group stage match at home to GNK Dinamo Zagreb but even so, David Moyes will want to see his team bounce back from that defeat and start another busy week in style.
Sean Dyche’s men have had a full week to prepare for this encounter and he will also be looking for a reaction from his team after they suffered a damaging defeat at Newcastle United the same day as West Ham collected three valuable points against Chelsea.
Prior to the Clarets winning 3-1 here against newly-promoted Brentford on 30 October, they had not won in front of their own fans since 1 January 2020. If they are to improve on that record, then the Irons won’t want to be the team that is on the end of such a defeat.
The East Londoners did the double over Burnley last season and with the hosts currently in the relegation zone, this will provide the visitors with a great chance to gain more momentum after last weekend’s success.
Pablo Fornals and Saïd Benrahma are in line to start after both were benched for the victory over Thomas Tuchel’s side eight days ago, while Arthur Masuaku will be hoping to be involved after scoring his first top-flight goal for the Hammers against the Blues.
Vladimír Coufal is in contention for another start but Aaron Cresswell could be welcomed back into the defence after recovering from his back injury.
The match kicks off at 2pm and the referee is Graham Scott.