Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Prediction: West Ham vs Burnley

Verdict: West Ham win

Best Odds: 3/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to build off of their stellar European display from earlier in the week, West Ham will welcome Burnley to the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

West Ham

Starting with the hosts, putting in what was a famous European performance earlier in the week, there is no doubt that West Ham will be looking to build off of that display. Eventually leaving France with a stunning 3-0 romp away at Lyon, David Moyes’ men managed to book their spot in the semi-final of this year’s Europa League and a showdown against German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt. However, last seen on Premier League duties getting hit with a disappointing 2-0 loss away at top-flight debutants Brentford, the one-time Manchester United boss has been calling on his side to find some stability at the back end of the season. Still battling it out in the race to clinch another top-six finish, the Hammers have continued to shine on home soil this year. Including victories against the likes of Wolves and Aston Villa, it should be noted that Moyes’ men are unbeaten in each of their last seven matchups at the London Stadium, a run that stems back to January 16th.

Team News

After serving a European suspension earlier in the week, left-back Aaron Creswell could make his return on Sunday afternoon.

However, picking up an ankle injury against Brentford last weekend, key defender Kurt Zouma will once again miss out at the London Stadium.

Burnley

As for the visitors, with it announced on Friday that long-term boss Sean Dyche has been given the sack, Burnley find themselves at the heart of a relegation scrap with time really starting to tick away. While the Clarets might have managed to pick up a much-needed 3-2 win against fellow strugglers Everton earlier in the month, the Lancashire-based outfit came crashing back down to earth last week. Missing out on what they would have billed as a golden chance and eventually getting hit with a shock 2-0 loss away at Norwich, Burnley have now lost five of their previous six matchups, a run that stems back to February 26th. Making the trip to east London this weekend sat four points adrift of safety, Sunday’s guests will know that they face a tough task here. Suffering a 1-0 loss the last time they faced off against the Hammers at the London Stadium, they have failed to win any of their last three meetings against the Europa League semi-finalists.

Team News

In what could be a boost for Burnley, defender Erik Pieters has been given the green light to return from a knee issue on Sunday afternoon.

However, it appears that fellow defender Ben Mee will once again miss out at the London Stadium.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Including a 1-0 loss the last time they made the trip to east London, Burnley have failed to win any of their last three Premier League matchups against West Ham.
    • The Hammers are unbeaten in each of their last seven matchups at the London Stadium, a run that stems back to January 16th.
    • Burnley have lost five of their previous six Premier League matchups, a run that stems back to February 26th.
    • Likewise, the Clarets have picked up just a single Premier League victory away from Turf Moor this season.
    • Jarrod Bowen has scored three goals in his four appearances since returning from injury earlier in the month.

    Conclusion

    Storming their way to a stunning 3-0 win away at French outfit Lyon in midweek, there is no doubt that West Ham should be smelling a golden chance here. Sill battling it out in the top-six chase and continuing to shine at the London Stadium, the Hammers will be looking to cash in on a Burnley side in the midst of a crisis. Watching long-term boss Sean Dyche leave the club only a few days ago, the Clarets appear to be freefalling their way down to the Championship. Last seen getting hit with a 2-0 loss against rock-bottom Norwich, Sunday’s guests have now lost five of their last six Premier League outings. Two sides battling it out at opposite ends of the table, we’re backing a home victory for the Europa League semi-finalists here.

    Verdict: West Ham win

    Best Odds: 3/4

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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