West Ham United entertain Burnley this weekend as they look to pick up a much-needed victory at the London Stadium.
Back-to-back 4-1 defeats against Liverpool and Swansea leave the Hammers fighting for survival, sitting in 14th place, just three points above the drop zone.
Despite the poor away form, David Moyes’ side are unbeaten in their past four matches at home and know a win on Saturday could go a long way in securing their top-flight status.
As for Sean Dyche, his Burnley side have exceeded all expectations this season and are comfortably in 7th, five points behind Arsenal as they recently ended a 12-match winless streak.
The Clarets, however, have been exceptionally poor on their away travels as of late and haven’t won since November, though they have only conceded 14 goals away from home all season.
So, it begs to differ, can Moyes steer the Hammers to safety or will Burnley record their 11th win of the season?
Before kick-off, West Ham will mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of their club captain and greatest-ever player Bobby Moore OBE in a minute’s applause.
West Ham have been dealt with more injury blows as Edimilson Fernandez, Andy Carroll, Sam Byram and Pedro Obiang are all sidelined meanwhile Winston Reid has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Hammers boss David Moyes is also still without Arthur Masuaku who serves his final game of a six-match suspension, though Angelo Ogbonna, James Collins and Michail Antonio could start.
Sean Dyche could name an unchanged side which beat Everton last time out.
The Clarets are still missing Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walters and Steven Defour through injury.
Tom Heaton (shoulder) and Scott Arfield (calf) remain unavailable for selection.
– In the last six staging’s of this fixture, the Hammers have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1.
– Burnley haven’t beaten West Ham in a competitive game since 2011.
– In October’s reverse fixture at Turf Moor, the two sides drew 1-1 with Antonio opening the scoring before an 85th minute equaliser from Wood.
West Ham XI – (3-4-3) – Adrian, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Collins, Antonio, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Joao Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic
Burnley XI – (4-4-2) – Pope, Lowton, Mee, Tawkowski, Ward, Lennon, Hendrick, Cork, Gudmundsson, Wood, Barnes
With just nine games remaining, only two of which are against sides also in danger of being relegated (Stoke and Southampton). So, it’s a match West Ham can’t afford to drop points in and despite the positions in the league table, I’m backing Moyes to pick up a crucial three points. It won’t be easy though.
West Ham United 2-1 Burnley