West Ham vs Burnley
- Author: Steve Townsend Mar 10, 2018,
Mar 10, 2018, 1:05
Back-to-back 4-1 defeats at Liverpool and Swansea City have seen the Hammers thrust back into the relegation dogfight, and Dear is concerned that some of the players don't have the stomach for the battle that lies ahead of them. He came back to haunt the Hammers last weekend.
Moyes will be hoping to grab the first three of those desired points on Saturday afternoon when they face Burnley, who only last weekend achieved the magic 40 point mark themselves.
Yet Burnley's win rate is poor when they concede (three wins in 19) and West Ham's scoring record at home indicates difficulty for the visitors in keeping a clean sheet, which gives the hosts a decent shot at sneaking a win here.
Straightforward one this as Reid has been ruled out of the season with a knee injury picked up against Swansea. "With it being so tight at the bottom, losing is not an option for West Ham".
David Moyes' side have been dealt a blow in their push for Premier League survival with Reid and Byram suffering from knee and ankle issues respectively.
Arthur Masuaku is serving the final part of his six-game ban for spitting.
Five of their seven games with over 2.5 goals came against big-six sides, which makes the stats against the rest of the division even stronger. Tom Heaton and Scott Arfield are also major doubts.
West Ham desperately need more pace and power in the side and quite why Moyes has only used Antonio as a sub in the last few games after a great performance against Watford only he knows.
A 1-1 draw is the most probable result in the betting market, and it is available at the best odds of 11/2 at Bet365.
I am predicting that Burnley wins this game. They have had two sticky games so they will be fired up for this one.
"It's taken a long time for me to get back to a point where I feel I can beat people and score goals, but my confidence is coming back and hopefully I can help the team get out of the situation that we're now in".