West Ham welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley to the London Stadium still needing points on the board to secure their Premier League survival.
A win over Chelsea last week followed by a draw against Newcastle has strengthened the Hammers position, however they know they cannot afford to drop points as the fight for the drop heats up.
West Ham are assessing record signing Sebastien Haller after he returned to training following a hip injury.
Felipe Anderson is out once again with a hamstring injury, while Robert Snodgrass is expected to miss the rest of the season with a back problem.
Burnley are again without Ben Mee and Jack Cork because of respective thigh and ankle injuries, with the pair set to be out for the rest of season.
Matt Lowton and Ashley Barnes remain long-term absentees.
This will be the 90th time these two sides have met with West Ham just having been more successful with 37 wins compared to Burnleys 34, the remaining 18 have ended all square.
When the sides met at Turf Moor earlier in the season it was Burnley that came out on top 3-0 it what was one of former managers Manuel Pellegrini’s final game in charge of the Hammers.
The last meeting at the London Stadium between the two sides resulted in a 4-2 win for the Hammers with Felipe Anderson on target twice that day.
Last Five Games
(D) 2-2 vs Newcastle
(W) 3-2 vs Chelsea
(L) 0-2 vs Tottenham
(L) 0-2 vs Wolves
(L) 0-1 vs Arsenal
(D) 101 vs Sheffield United
(W) 1-0 vs Crystal Palace
(W) 1-0 vs Watford
(L) 0-5 vs Man City
(D) 1-1 vs Tottenham
West Ham are showing glipmses of being a team that many thought they would be at the start of the season. A win over Chelsea and a draw against Newcastle has given David Moyes and his side some belief that they will survive e ion the Premier League.
The problems for Burnley are off the pitch rather than off it. With Manager Sean Dyche at loggerheads with the club’s hierarchy about contract extensions at the club and many of the players out of contract his squad is depleted. Having said that he is winning games and Burnley look set for a atop half finish.
There has been something about West Ham in the last few weeks that has impressed me, even in their defeats to Wolves and Tottenham. I think they will win this one and go and secure their Premier League status.
West Ham 2-1 Burnley
Match Preview written by Ryan Day