West Ham travel to Burnley on Saturday afternoon in an effort to consolidate their position in the top half of the league, while Burnley aim to record their first win of the season. Kick-off at Turf Moor is 3pm.
The Clarets rescued a point with virtually the last kick of the game, against Leicester, last time out. In scoring twice in that game they tripled their goal tally for the season and have now scored a “whopping” three goals. Having finally found their scoring touch, the conundrum now facing Sean Dyche is whether to ditch the safety first tactics he employed in their last two home games, both of which finished 0-0.
While still early days, they’ll need to start picking up wins from somewhere if they don’t want to become marooned in the bottom three. Lukas Jutkiewicz was never a prolific scorer during his time in the Championship, so it’s asking a lot of him as a lone striker to provide the goals that Burnley need.
Last season’s top scorer Danny Ings is hoping to be back for this game, having missed the last three games, and it can’t come soon enough for Burnley.
The Hammers go into this game sitting pretty in 7th place in the table. They’ve performed well away from home so far this season, with only Man Utd taking all three points against them on their travels.
They have struggled to keep clean sheets this season though, with the 2-0 victory over QPR last time out being the only clean sheet they’ve managed. On the flip side they’ve scored in every game bar the opening day defeat to Spurs so they’ll certainly be confident of taking something from this game.
Burnley 1-1 West Ham
A battling performance from Burnley should be enough to get them a point as they look to stifle West Ham as best they can.
Gavin Bergin, Pundit Arena.