Burnley v West Ham preview: Hosts look to continue fine form
Last Updated: 14/10/17 8:47am
Burnley will look to continue their good early-season Premier League form when they take on West Ham at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Sean Dyche's side sit sixth having taken 12 points from their opening seven games, and will be on a high following their fine 1-0 win at Everton before the international break.
West Ham, meanwhile, have taken just one point away from home, but have lifted themselves out of the danger zone following a tough start with two wins and a draw in their last four games.
Burnley remain without Jonathan Walters, Nahki Wells and Dean Marney for West Ham's visit
Marney, out since January with knee ligament damage, and recent arrival Wells (foot) are being phased into the Under-23 set-up to continue rehabilitation but are still some way from fitness.
Walters is several weeks away with a knee problem, leaving Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes to contest the attacking roles.
James Collins is West Ham's only absentee for Saturday; he suffered an ankle injury in last month's 0-0 draw at West Brom, and though he will soon be available, Saturday's fixture comes too early.
With Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes again in full training, manager Slaven Bilic's only concern surrounds whether Javier Hernandez is sufficiently fresh to start following his return on Thursday from international duty with Mexico.
Burnley have lost five of their previous six Premier League encounters with West Ham, winning the other clash at Turf Moor in February 2010 (2-1).
West Ham have won their last four Premier League matches against Burnley, they've only won five consecutive games versus a single opponent once in Premier League history (vs Blackburn between October 2006 and August 2008).
The Clarets are currently enjoying their longest unbeaten run in the Premier League (W2 D3 L0); they last went six top-flight games without defeat back in February 1975 (a seven-game streak).
Burnley (32) have afforded their opponents more shots from corner situations than any other Premier League side this season. In contrast, West Ham have seen their opponents record a league-low eight attempts from corners.
Sean Dyche has made just five changes to Burnley's starting XI in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other team. In contrast, Slaven Bilic has made 16 changes for West Ham, with only Liverpool (24) making more.
Paul Merson's prediction
This should be a tight game. I watched West Ham last time out and they were poor, but then Burnley didn't look like scoring in their last home match against Huddersfield.
You watch Burnley away from home and the points they have got from the fixtures they have had is bordering on phenomenal. Manchester United and Manchester City would be more than happy with the points that Burnley have got from their away games. Burnley just need to get a good home run going again like last year.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (13/2 with Sky Bet)
Burnley are slight favourites with Sky Bet at 13/8 with West Ham 7/4 while the draw is priced at 11/5. First goalscorer favourite Chris Wood is enhanced from 4/1 to 6/1 to break the deadlock in Sky Bet's Price Boosts, while Javier Hernandez is considered the visitors' main threat at 11/2 to net first.
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