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Burnley vs West Ham preview, predictions & confirmed team news

By Harry Edwards

Published: 14:00, 9 November 2019

Burnley welcome West Ham United to Turf Moor on Saturday as the two sides try to put their seasons on the right track.

Sean Dyche’s side are currently languishing in 14th in the Premier League having lost their past three games, having conceded nine goals including a 3-0 humbling by Sheffield United last time out.

But West Ham aren’t faring much better, sitting one point and one position above the Clarets, failing to win their past five games after starting the season so positively.

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When is Burnley vs West Ham and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Turf Moor

Date: Saturday, 9 November 2019

Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A.

Last five meetings: Burnley vs West Ham

30 December 2018: Burnley 2-0 West Ham (Premier League)

03 November 2018: West Ham 4-2 Burnley (Premier League)

10 March 2018: West Ham 0-3 Burnley (Premier League)

14 October 2017: Burnley 1-1 West Ham (Premier League)

21 May 2017: Burnley 1-2 West Ham (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Burnley (WLWDL) 9-7 West Ham (LWLDW)

Ones to watch

Burnley: Chris Wood

As previously mentioned, Burnley have lost their past three games, scoring three goals while conceding nine. Leading striker Ashley Barnes has struggled in front of goal in those games, but the Clarets will be boosted by the return of Chris Wood.

The 27-year-old missed the past two games through injury, which cut short a good run of form in front of goal. Wood single-handedly (or maybe not quite) beat Norwich City with two goals before earning a late draw against Aston Villa.

The New Zealand international has a shot conversion rate of 22.22% this season and no Burnley player is more prolific in front of goal right now. He will be key if the Clarets want to get something against West Ham.

Key stat: Chris Wood has scored four goals in his past four Premier League games.

West Ham: Sebastien Haller

While Burnley have Barnes, West Ham have their own player capable of bullying defenders in Sebastien Haller.

The Frenchman has impressed since his arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer, scoring four goals from 23 shots and is West Ham’s top scorer so far.

But his biggest impact for West Ham this weekend could come in ensuring Burnley’s defence has a rough afternoon, with Haller particularly strong in aerial duels.

Key stat: Sebastien Haller (67) has won more aerial duels than any other player in the Premier League this season.

Team news


As previously mentioned, Chris Wood is back in contention for Burnley, so don’t be surprised if he goes straight back into the starting XI – potentially ahead of Jay Rodriguez. The Clarets remain without Danny Drinkwater and Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

However, Burnley boss Sean Dyche insisted he would not be making wholesale changes to try at turn the club’s poor form around.

Confirmed XI: Pope; C Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick; A Barnes, Wood.

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West Ham

West Ham remain without the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Winston Reid and Michail Antonio for the visit to Turf Moor, though the latter is expected back after the international break.

Manuel Pellegrini did reveal that midfielder Jack Wilshere will be evaluated ahead of the weekend after missing the past two matchday squads through injury, though a substitute role may be the best option.

Confirmed XI: Roberto; Cresswell, Balbuena, Diop, Fredericks; Rice, Noble; Anderson, Fornals, Snodgrass; Haller.

Squawka prediction

A game between two sides in similarly poor form, neither Burnley or West Ham look capable of controlling this tie.

Individual battles between forwards and centre-backs will be key, particularly Haller and one of Ben Mee or James Tarkowski. But there may not be enough to separate these two teams.

Scoreline prediction: Burnley 1-1 West Ham