Burnley travel to the London Stadium on Saturday to take on relegation haunted West Ham United along with a full contingent of travelling ClaretsÂ’ fans. (Kick-off 15.00 GMT)
Sean Dyche will be plotting to add even more misery for the IronsÂ’ gaffer David Moyes, a manager who has never been considered a favourite with the legion of Burnley fans who will take their places in the completely sold out allocation for away supporters.
Burnley are looking to secure a
spot in Europe for next season, while at the other end of the table the Hammers
are fighting to retain their place in the English Premier League for the
This game has all of the ingredients for a real footballing clash of Claret and Blue.
The Clarets of Turf Moor have players
all looking to find seats for the plane journey to play in the World Cup Finals
for their various countries
Jack Cork, James Tarkowski and Nick Pope along with Burnley skipper Tom Heaton all have their eyes set on being selected by England supremo Gareth Southgate.
The ClaretÂ’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson looks to be all set to secure his place with the Icelandic World Cup squad and this seasonÂ’s Burnley sensation, striker Ashley Barnes, is being scouted on Saturday by Austrian head coach Franco Foda, who will no doubt also be running the rule over the HammerÂ’s Marko Arnautovic.
Having broken their winless streak against Everton with a battling 2-1 victory last Saturday, Sean DycheÂ’s Clarets will be aiming to secure seventh spot with another away win and continue on their march to a place in the Europa League.
With World Cup places up for
grabs and now that Sean Dyche has Arsenal firmly in his sights, I can find no
greater motivation for Â Burnley to go all
out for victory at the London Stadium
Stuart Pearce and David Moyes are
issuing clarion calls for their West Ham United players to recover from their
4-1 mauling at the hands of relegation rivals Swansea City last week
This Burnley team are nothing if not resolute and hard to beat
The ingredients are in the mix, who will have their cake and eat it?
I expect Sean Dyche to go out on
the front foot and try and take three points home to Burnley with a victory in
Chris Wood freshly returned to the Clarets squad following injury, came off the bench at half-time last week and in partnership with Ashley Barnes terrorised the Toffees defence.
Barnes and Wood each bagged a goal in the Everton game and I expect the team that finished so strongly against the Blues to start in a 4-4-2 formation: Pope, Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Ward, Lennon, Cork, Westwood, Gudmundsson, Wood and Barnes.
In football miracles do happen
Is it even possible Aaron Lennon, a player who has settled so nicely into DycheÂ’s all action playing style, could force himself back into the England World Cup reckoning?
Burnley want a win, West Ham United desperately need a win but given BurnleyÂ’s return to winning ways, three points for the visitors looks to be the banker bet (TEC).Â
Source : DSG