Burnley vs West Ham: Preview, team news and predicted line-ups for Premier League clash
Burnley are firmly embroiled in a relegation dogfight and will be looking to end the year on a high against West Ham on Sunday.
Sean Dyche’s men are three points adrift of safety following the 5-1 home defeat to Everton last time out.
That result took the Clarets’ tally of goals conceded at 38 already for the season – just one fewer than in the whole of last term.
Their opponents West Ham have enjoyed a much more fruitful first half of the season – although that didn’t look altogether possible after a dreadful start to Manuel Pellegrini’s reign.
The Hammers were rooted to the bottom of the Premier League after losing their first four league games, but now lie ninth after an impressive turnaround in fortunes.
What the managers are saying
Sean Dyche (Burnley): “It’s not about befores, it’s about nows.
“The games coming up are massive for our season.
“It’s not about concerns, it’s about realities – we are where we are because we haven’t deserved any better. We haven’t kept the margins tight enough.”
Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham): “Really I never expect before the season where we must be. We must go game by game and we have to demonstrate in every game what we can do.
“Every team invests well in players, this league is so strong. So before the season you just have to take it game by game, but always be ambitious.”
Burnley are set to be without Robbie Brady and Steven Defour for the visit of the Hammers.
Brady has missed the last two games after picking up a knock in the 1-0 defeat by Tottenham, while Defour is still struggling with the same calf problem that has sidelined him since the start of December.
Meanwhile, Matt Lowton also misses out through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season in the 5-1 defeat at home to Everton.
Aaron Lennon, Stephen Ward (both knee) and Nick Pope (shoulder) all remain sidelined.
West Ham hope Pablo Zabaleta can recover from illness in time for Sunday’s trip.
The injury-hit Hammers could only fill six of the seven substitute berths at Southampton.
Pellegrini is hoping that strike duo Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic might shake off hamstring issues to face the Clarets.
Winston Reid (knee) is out until late January, with no timescale for returns on Jack Wilshere (ankle), Ryan Fredericks (ankle), Fabio Balbuena (knee) and Manuel Lanzini (knee), with Carlos Sanchez (knee) and Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles) both out until April.
Premier League latest
Burnley: Hart; Bardsley, Long, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor; Cork, Westwood, Hendrick; Barnes, Wood
West Ham: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Masuaku; Snodgrass, Rice, Noble, Felipe Anderson; Antonio, Lucas Perez
Source: SportsLatest TS