The Hammers’ ambition to finish on the top four and play in the Champions League begins to go sideways as Chelsea is getting more convincing while their form starts to lose their consistency. West Ham has been winless in the past two matches. This weekend they will be facing off Burnley, which has been quite safe for now from the relegation threat.
The teams’ previous matches
Burnley was able to stun Wolves on the road last weekend and hammered them 4-0. The New Zealand international Chris Wood netted a hattrick plus provided one assist for Ashley Westwood’s goal. Such victory bumped them up to the 14th of the table.
Their counterpart, West Ham, failed to secure even one point while hosting their closest contender, Chelsea. They suffered a 0-1 loss through Timo Werner’s goal. The result has kept them on the fifth in the standings.
Sean Dyche is still confident with his classic 4-4-2 formation. Chris Wood and Matej Vydra or Ashley Barnes will still be featuring upfront. The only names ruled out for this fixture are the Ireland international Robbie Brady and Kevin Long.
Meanwhile, the former Everton and Manchester United boss, David Moyes, shall be opting for 4-3-2-1 since six figures are on the sideline due to their injuries including Michael Antonio, Declan Rice, Craig Dawson, Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell while Fabian Balbuena is serving his ban. Jessie Lindgard should occupy the false nine role with Jarred Bowen and Manuel Lanzini or Said Benrahma supporting behind the Manchester United loanee. In the midfield, Mark Noble, Pablo Fornals and Tomas Soucek are operating in the middle. At the backline, Angelo Ogbonna is accompanied by Issa Diop while Vladimir Scoufal and Ben Johnson are playing wide.
Players to watch
The New Zealand international Chris Wood suddenly is surging up as The Clarets’ main forward with 10 goals and three assist. His form lately has been much more promising compared to the other strikers, Ashley Barnes, Matej Vydra or Jay Rodriguez. They each have only scored even less than half of Wood’s goal so far. Another notable name to watch is Dwight McNeil who has contributed two goals and five assists.
West Ham’s top performer this season is Jesse Lindgard who is expected to shine again after two defeats in a row from Newcastle and Chelsea. He has scored nine goals and made three assists in only 11 appearance. Some other key men to watch here are Tomas Soucek and Jarred Bowen.
David Moyes’ men could bounce back to their winning ways here despite playing away from home. James Tarkowski and Co might be solid at home but they tend to be in difficulty against the high profile team whose tactical system is more advanced than their classic kick and rush. The Hammers shall pick up a narrow win here.
The punters seem to back neither side as the favourite. The home side is projected to win at 12/5. The odds for the draw result are at 45/17, whereas Sean Dyche’s side’s win market is only at 21/17.