Last season’s heroics by David Moyes are looking less and less like a flash in the pan as the weeks into this new campaign progress. Heading into a congested festive schedule, West Ham remain ensconced in the top four, and travel to Burnley fresh from a thumping 3-2 win over then Premier League leaders Chelsea.
It’s been an odd few weeks for the Hammers. Between beating Liverpool 3-2 at the London Stadium and producing an identical scoreline against Chelsea, they have lost to Wolves and drawn against Brighton, with a 2-1 loss away to Man City thrown in there for good measure, so this weekend’s result is anyone’s guess really.
Moyes has already masterminded progression to the Europa League knockout rounds, bypassing the play-offs by finishing first in their group, where the likes of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla lie in wait, but before the Hammers can dare to dream of a Camp Nou visit, first they must conquer the Turf Moor.
It’s been a difficult campaign for Sean Dyche and his Clarets. Burnley are currently sat perilously in the relegation zone with just one win to show for their efforts this season, so they could seriously do with a morale-boosting victory to renew the impetus in Lancashire and restore parity with 17th-placed Watford.
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Burnley vs West Ham: Match Stats
After a barnstorming start to the campaign, the goals have just started to dry up for Michail Antonio. The Jamaica international fired five in his opening five Premier League games, adding an extra three assists in that time, but he is now on a barren run of six games without goal. However, it is not for the want of trying, as only Mohamed Salah (59), Sadio Mane (46) and Cristiano Ronaldo (43) have registered more shots in the Premier League this season than Antonio (42).
Chris Wood is another man who could have a huge say in the outcome of this fixture. The New Zealand international has scored seven goals in eight Premier League games against West Ham, more than he has against any other side. In fact, he has scored in all four of his appearances against West Ham at Turf Moor.
03 May 2021 – Burnley 1-2 West Ham – Premier League
16 Jan 2021 – West Ham 1-0 Burnley – Premier League
08 Jul 2020 – West Ham 0-1 Burnley – Premier League
09 Nov 2019 – Burnley 3-0 West Ham – Premier League
30 Dec 2018 – Burnley 2-0 West Ham – Premier League
West Ham have never kept a clean sheet in seven away Premier League games against Burnley, and that trend stayed true the last time these sides met in May. The Hammers, playing without an injured Declan Rice, found themselves a goal down after 20 minutes, with Wood converting from the spot. They rallied though, with Antonio helping himself to a brace, and keeping the club’s European dream alive in the process.