Preview - Burnley vs West Ham United 09 November 19

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Match Day 12
Burnley vs. West Ham United
Saturday, November 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Last five matches form: D W L L L
Average goals per match: 1.27
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Ashley Barnes & Chris Wood (4)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: D L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.27
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: S├ębastien Haller (4)

It's a battle of the Clarets at Turf Moor on Match Day 12 in the Premier League as Sean Dyche and Burnley play host to West Ham United. With each of these sides having been struggling in recent weeks, both will be looking at this fixture as an ideal opportunity to kick start their season.

It was honours even in this fixture last season - Burnley winning this one 2-0 and West Ham coming out on top 4-2 at The London Stadium.

Johann Gudmundsson looks like being the only absentee for the home side. Michail Antonio, Lukasz Fabianski and Winston Reid are expected to miss out for West Ham United.

Burnley head into this game seeking to avoid a fourth league defeat on the spin, and will be smarting from what was a pretty abject display away at Sheffield United last time out. They have been fairly reliable at home so far this season though - losing to Liverpool and Chelsea, but beating Southampton, Norwich City and Everton without conceding a goal.

West Ham are now without a win in five in the Premier League and were almost laughably bad in the first half at home to Newcastle last week. Much better will be required here. To be fair to the Hammers though they have proven to be a tough nut to crack on the road - only losing one of five so far.

It's hard to trust either of these sides at present, but this is just the type of game Burnley specialise in picking up maximum points in and we see a narrow home win as the most likely result.

Prediction: Burnley 2 - 1 West Ham United


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots: 14 - 7
Shots on target: 12 - 4
Corner Kicks: 11 - 4
Possession: 40% - 60%

Ben Mee and Ashley Westwood were booked for the home side, with referee Kevin Friend also taking the name of Ryan Fredericks of West Ham United.

A fairly comfortable afternoon's work for Burnley. They may have been behind in possession, but that is pretty much the norm for them, and they made much more of the ball they did have than West Ham United, who are looking a team far less than the sum of their parts at present.

It was clear from an early stage here that West Ham were going to struggle with the quality of the Burnley balls into the area, and it was therefore not too much of a surprise when the opener arrived from a corner kick in the 11th minute. A ball in deep from the right being nodded back in at the far post by James Tarkoski and Ashley Barnes stabbing home from a couple of yards.

Having had one thumping header disallowed for the narrowest of offsides, Chris Wood was not to be denied a second time as he doubled his sides advantage one minute before the break. Catastrophic defending from the Hammers, with Fabian Balbuena making an absolute hash of receiving the ball short from the keeper and gifting the ball to Dwight McNeil on the left. McNeil playing the ball straight into the centre for Wood to finish first time into the left-hand side from around twelve yards out to the left. 2-0 at the break.

The third goal was ridiculous from the Hammers standpoint. A corner in from the left angling under the crossbar, and Roberto - who had seemed intent on punching clear all afternoon - attempting to do so once again. No luck for the hapless keeper though who only succeeded in punching the ball into his own net. 3-0 after 54 minutes, and that's the way it stayed.

A big three points for Burnley who do tend to be pretty reliable in winning this type of game at home. Sean Dyche's men move up to ninth. West Ham United are slumping alarmingly, and there can't be too many seats hotter than that of Manuel Pellegrini at present. They now find themselves all the way down in 16th, but still five points clear of the drop zone.

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