Preview - West Ham vs Burnley March 10 2018

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Mar 10, 2018, 04:35 AM Last Edit: Mar 10, 2018, 05:44 AM by Harry85
Match Day 30
West Ham United vs Burnley
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United: 
Last five matches form: D L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.9
Top Scorer: Marko Arnautovic and Chicarito (7)

Last five matches form: D D L D W
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 0.9
Top Scorer: Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes (5)

A troubled West Ham side host Burnley at the London Stadium this weekend in a game the Hammers really need to get something from. Only three points above the relegation zone at present, if they continue to struggle for consistency they will find themselves dragged even further into the mire.

Burnley meanwhile arrested a mini slump of their own when coming from behind to beat Everton last week. That victory was enough to see Sean Dyche's men reach the magical 40-point total with nine games to spare as they continue to punch above their weight in seventh.

For all their organisation, the suspicion does remain that Burnley have ridden their luck at times this season, particularly away from home. Consistently conceding 15+ shots against on their travels is likely to catch up with them eventually. Goal scoring has also become a serious concern for the Clarets away from Turf Moor, registering only three times in their past seven games.

West Ham's form has taken a dip of late having previously looked to have been improving. We fancy the Hammers to win this one though, with their more varied attack and greater need for the points being enough to see David Moyes men over the line. The Hammers are so poor at the back, that they likely won't make this easy for themselves but can come out on top by the odd goal in three.

Prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Burnley


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots: 13 - 7
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 1
Possession: 53% - 47%

Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini were booked for the Hammers, whilst Burnley's Ashley Westwood, and Aaron Lennon also made their way into Lee Mason's notebook.

The home side did have the better of the opening period, registering the only three shots on target of the first half. As ever Burnley were solid and resolute in their defending and made it into the break on level terms.

With the game seemingly headed for an almost inevitable draw, Sean Dyche threw on Chris Wood to join Ashley Barnes up front in the 61st minute. A move which paid almost immediate dividends.

In the 66th minute it was Wood who found Barnes in the box to rifle Burnley into the lead.

Having waited so long for the opening goal, the second took only four minutes to arrive. Aaron Lennon putting the ball on a plate for Chris Wood to gleefully tap home. 0 - 2.

In the 81st minute it became 0-3 as the Hammers threatened to fall apart completely. Joe Hart really should have done better with Johann Berg Gudmondsson's long range strike, but when he could only block it back into play, it was that man Wood who was there again to put a gloss finish on this win.

Things are starting to look just a little bit dodgy for West Ham. A fourth defeat in their past five matches sees them remain only three points clear of the relegation zone, and if there is one side in something of a downward spiral, it may well be David Moyes misfiring troops.

For Burnley this was more of the same. Another game in which they were behind in possession and total shots, another three points. Sean Dyche's men remain in seventh, now just two points adrift of sixth place Arsenal.

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