West Ham v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 07, 2018
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
West Ham look to avoid a third consecutive defeat as they host Burnley this Saturday in what could be a decisive match for the Hammers. Burnley impressed in their come-back against Everton last week and will be confident of a win.
When the clubs met back in October, at Turf Moore, the match ended in a surprisingly entertaining 1-1 draw. Having taken the lead early through Michael Antonio, a red card to Andy Carrol changed the complexion of the game, and, in the 85th minute, Chris Wood equalised for the Clarets.
Arthur Masuaku sits out the final game of his six match ban, having been a big miss for the Hammers. David Moyes is also without Andy Carrol, Pedro Obiang, Edmilson Fenandes through injury.
Steven Defour is a big miss for Burnley, having been out for almost two months, alongside fellow central midfielder Dean Marney. Robbie Brady is also still out, having undergone knee surgery back in December.
West Ham v Burnley Preview and Predictions
After a brief resurgence under David Moyes, West Ham's survival prospects have plummeted in the last few weeks. The London club have won just once in their last seven games, and most recently, lost heavily to fellow relegation contenders, Swansea.
Moyes' strike partnership of Chicharito and Marko Arnautovic looked capable of firing the Hammers earlier in the season, but have failed to score in their last two games, with Arnautoic boasting just one goal in five games. The absence of Andy Carrol, who was considered expendable in January, may well be more damaging than expected.
Burnley have also struggled in the winter months, and broke a run of 11 games without a win last weekend. Sean Dyke's side were rarely comprehensively beaten, but struggled to score goals in their endeavours to prevent them. In their match against Everton, they looked underwhelming once again, falling behind in the first half, before an attacking substitution, bringing on Chris Wood, inspired an impressive come-back.
Ashely Barnes, scorer of the equaliser, was particularly impressive, and now has two goals from his last two games. If Dyche can inspire the forward to put in a similar performance, and if he risks starting Wood alongside Barnes, West Ham will have a real task keeping them at bay.
Fewer than 2.5 goals scored at 5/8
West Ham have lost their past two games 4-1 and Moyes will look to shut up shop against a Burnley side that offer little going forward.
Barnes to score anytime at 2/1
The forward will hope to continue his scoring run and will cause problems for a shaky West Ham defence.