West Ham v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 30, 2018
London Stadium - Premier League
West Ham look to get past a poor run of form as they host Burnley at the London Stadium in the Premier League this weekend. Burnley have done similarly poorly in recent weeks, and remain in touching distance of the relegation zone going into Saturday's game.
Burnley beat the home side comprehensively last season, with the Ashely Barnes and Chris Wood combination on target in a 3-0 win. The Clarets have failed to replicate a number of their impressive victories, which will give West Ham hope.
Manuel Pellegrini has a severe absence of central midfielders going into the weekend, made all the worse by Mark Noble's red card. The manager is without new signings Jack Wilshire and Carlos Sanchez, as well as first-team regular Pedro Obiang. With Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and Winston Reid also out, and Marko Arnautovic a doubt, the Hammers will rely on a second string side.
Stephen Defour's return from injury hasn't gone well, with the midfielder sitting through 5-0 and 4-0 defeats. Robbie Brady may be able step back into the midfield, whilst Ben Gibson is unlikely to recover in time.
West Ham v Burnley Preview and Predictions
West Ham's draw against Leicester was overshadowed by tragedy, and the players may be forgiven for having other things on their mind this week. With Saturday's fixture fast approaching, Manuel Pellegrini will have to take his side's mental state into consideration, meaning Burnley may experience an unusual game at the London Stadium.
The Clarets will want to bring a decent result back to the North West, having been comprehensively defeated in their trip down to London last week. Sean Dyche's team were torn to shreds by Chelsea on Sunday, and could not have looked further from their 2017/18 side against the Blues. Following a brief resurgence, with wins against Bournemouth and Cardiff, fans will have been disappointed to have lost in such a manner, especially given the previous hammering by Manchester City.
Fortunately for Burnley, they are unlikely to come up against such stiff opposition against West Ham, despite the Hammers' resolute defensive performance against Leicester. Pellegrini's side has been absolutely decimated by injuries, and will be reeling from Saturday's events. However, after a poor start to the season, the east London club have started to see a reward from a sensible managerial signing, not to mention a record spend in the transfer window.
Key signings such as Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson have impressed, especially since the coach seems to have found a better balance between attack and defence. Whether this is tenable with so many important players out remains to be seen, and will likely be a factor in the result.
Javier Hernandez to score first at 4/1
Chicharito lost his first team status at the start of the season, but has been thrust back into the line-up following Arnautovic's injury and is always a threat.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 4/5
Neither side is free-scoring at the moment and may well play out for a goalless draw.