Premier League: West Ham v Burnley

This campaign has been a far cry from last season’s endeavours for the Hammers, with the club certainly looking up rather than over their shoulders after narrowly avoiding the drop in 2019/20.

David Moyes has got a much sweeter tune out of West Ham this time around and he will be looking to steer his 10th placed side closer to the European spots with a favourable result against Burnley.

Although unbeaten in three in the league, two of those games have resulted in draws and a win will be most welcome for the East London club who got a valuable three points against close contenders Everton last time out.

Visitors Burnley meanwhile were on the receiving end of a 0-1 home defeat to Manchester United midweek, a result which sent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side top of the Premier League.

However, despite the defeat, there were again signs of a much improved team display from Sean Dyche’s side relative to some of their early-season showings.

The recent upturn in form has seen the Clarets elevate themselves out of the Premier League relegation places for the time being, currently hovering above the drop in 16th position.

No doubt Burnley will be eyeing up this encounter as a great opportunity considering they did the double over West Ham last season and have come out on top in the last three games between the sides.

Three points at the London Stadium will move the Clarets level on points with an abject Newcastle United side who at present look all at sea.

Any such result against the Hammers though may have to be secured without Charlie Taylor – the left-back is rated touch-and-go to feature due to a hamstring complaint.

Dwight McNeil may be called upon again after featuring against Manchester United – his recovery means that there are very few injury concerns for Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

West Ham aren’t as fortunate when it comes to fitness, however, with defenders Arthur Masuaku and Fabian Balbuena both doubts to feature against the Clarets.

Issa Diop is also rated 50-50 and is likely to go through a late fitness test before Moyes makes a decision on his inclusion.

Ryan Fredericks has been battling coronavirus and isn’t expected to be involved, while Lukasz Fabianski may return from a thigh injury which has kept him out for a fortnight.

Michail Antonio is back to fitness which is a boost, although there is pressure to keep the forward fit considering West Ham look threadbare in that region following Sebastien Haller’s departure to Ajax earlier this week.

West Ham United v Burnley is a 3pm kick off on Saturday 16th January.