Two out-of-form teams meet in the Premier League on Saturday when West Ham United travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.
Group EPL Turf Moor, Burnley, England
Key Stat: Despite their unconvincing form this season, West Ham's defeat at Everton was actually their first away league loss since April.
Expert Verdict: Both teams have seen good starts to the season halt lately with a poor run of results. Burnley's home advantage could be key in this fixture, but it is worth noting West Ham have been in good away form apart from defeat at Everton. A draw might be a fair reflection of that.
Chris Wood, who scored in both games against West Ham last season, could return up front in place of Jay Rodriguez after shaking off a thigh injury. Danny Drinkwater is still building up match fitness but he is available, which leaves only Johan Berg Gudmundsson on the Burnley injury list.
Chris Wood – Scored in both games against West Ham last season and is fit again to look to add to his four goals this season.
Dwight McNeil – The teenage winger continues to impress, as he did in scoring against the Hammers last season. This year he has one goal but creates plenty of chances too.
Ashley Barnes – Started the season in stunning form but that has dried up lately. Nevertheless, as a physical menace and a potential goalscorer, he should not be written off.
Burnley have lost their last three league games in a row, with their last victory at home to Everton at the start of October – Jeff Hendrick scoring the only goal of the game. Chris Wood gave them the lead against Leicester in the following game but they lost 2-1, before Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil hit late consolations against Chelsea in a 4-2 defeat. Last weekend, they did not even have that – conceding three first-half goals on their way to a heavy defeat to Sheffield United.
Defenders:Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor
Midfielders:Jeff Hendrick, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil
Forwards:Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood
Jack Wilshere has not been risked as he looks to get back to full fitness first, while West Ham have been keen not to rush Winston Reid back after his long-term injury absence too. Lukasz Fabianski is out until the new year, but Michail Antonio could be back after the international break. After defeat to Newcastle last weekend, Ryan Fredericks and Manuel Lanzini could start at Burnley.
Robert Snodgrass – Scored in each of West Ham’s last two games, albeit worth only a point to the Hammers.
Sebastien Haller – The big striker has showed some promise up front in his debut season with West Ham with four goals. Now he just needs more consistent service.
Felipe Anderson – His two goals against Burnley last season were him at his best – West Ham need that side of the Brazilian back now.
Carabao Cup defeat to Oxford United has derailed West Ham’s season – the 4-0 loss starting a run of six games without a win for the Hammers. They lost away from home for the first time this season when they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Everton and, while Robert Snodgrass’ goal earned a point at home to Sheffield United, they lost 3-2 to Newcastle last weekend. Fabian Balbuena and Snodgrass pulled goals back after a disastrous start but it was too little, too late for the Hammers.
Defenders:Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop, Aaron Cresswell
Defensive Midfielders:Declan Rice
Attacking Midfielders:Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble, Robert Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson
West Ham United beat Burnley at London Stadium last season – their 37th win in this fixture – while Burnley won the most recent meeting at Turf Moor to move to 33 wins, with 18 draws. Chris Wood scored in both games last season, but late goals from Felipe Anderson and Javier Hernandez – after Marko Arnautovic and Anderson had already scored either side of Johan Berg Gudmundsson’s equaliser – saw the Hammers win the first game 4-2. In the reverse fixture, however, Wood and Dwight McNeil scored in a 2-0 home win. Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
Dec 30, 2018: Burnley 2-0 West Ham United
Nov 03, 2018: West Ham United 4-2 Burnley
Mar 10, 2018: West Ham United 0-3 Burnley
Oct 14, 2017: Burnley 1-1 West Ham United
May 21, 2017: Burnley 1-2 West Ham United
Burnley go into this game on the back of three straight defeats, while West Ham have now not won in six after managing to concede three times at home to goalshy Newcastle last weekend.
It is difficult, therefore, to confidently back either of these teams – and a draw would certainly not be a bad result for either.
West Ham were in good form until their shock Carabao Cup defeat to Oxford United but that 4-0 loss seems to have had a surprising lingering effect with no wins since.
Burnley, meanwhile, have missed Chris Wood in recent matches and will be glad to welcome him back as they look to get at this rocky Hammers’ defence.
Wood and Ashley Barnes provide physicality and can be a big menace, but they have each added a run of goals this season too. Barnes will want to get back on track too.
West Ham do have their own attacking talents, however, and Burnley’s own defence was torn apart by a team who had previously lacked goals last weekend – in their case, Sheffield United.
Felipe Anderson scored twice against Burnley last season – a reminder of the attacking threat the Brazilian posed, and which the Hammers need him to rediscover this season.
The Hammers did score twice in the end last season too, with attacking changes such as the introduction of Manuel Lanzini making a difference that could be repeated from the start this time.
The form book makes it hard to back either team, but both have proved they have goals in them and so both could cancel each other out in this fixture.
With neither team in good form, the draw is certainly worth looking at for this game. You can get 13/5 from 888sport on the draw. Burnley are 13/10 to win with 888sport, while West Ham are 9/4 with Betfair.
Part of their poor form has been too many goals conceded. Both teams to score has been priced at 6/10 with Betfair and 3/5 with 888sport.
You can get 22/19 from 10Bet on there being over 2.5 goals in this game, meanwhile.
Chris Wood is set to return for the Clarets, and he is a best price of 17/10 with Betfair, Paddy Power and 888sport to score at any time.
Sebastien Haller, West Ham’s top scorer, is 15/8 with 888sport.
Neither side has been in convincing form lately – a draw would not be wholly unexpected.