The mood at Turf Moor could not be rosier at the moment as Burnley hope to overcome the Hammers, who have had an underwhelming start to their campaign.
Despite a rather limp start to their season, West Ham will feel that they could potentially grab the three points this Saturday. Their form in recent years against Burnley has been impressive, with the Claret’s last victory over the Hammers coming in the Championship six seasons previous.
West Ham will be buoyed by their late win against Swansea in their last outing, but will need to improve to get a result at Turf Moor. Although West Ham will be desperate to build momentum with a victory, there is also great value in putting in a good performance, with Bilic coming under heavy scrutiny from the West Ham support.
Burnley’s home form was phenomenal last season and was the sole reason they avoided the drop. Yet Dyche’s men’s home form this season has been slightly underwhelming, having dropped points against teams such as Huddersfield and WBA; perhaps matches they would hope to be winning.
Battle of the strikers
Both clubs have struggled for goals this term, having each only averaged one goal a game. This suggests that chances may be few and far between this Saturday, so the pressure is on the forwards to deliver when called upon. Wood and Chicharito are both much hyped signings, both keen to prove themselves for their new clubs.
Chicharito has contributed three of West Ham’s seven this season, yet West Ham were defeated in both matches he netted. Wood has two goals to his name, after snatching a draw at Spurs and scoring the winner against Palace. Wood has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League and looks an ample replacement for Andre Gray. But do not write West Ham off. With Hernandez in their armoury they have a true fox in the box, one of the best poachers in the game.
West Ham have few injury troubles currently and will be hopeful that James Collins will be fit to start after limping off in their draw to WBA last month. Heaton’s shoulder injury means that Pope will continue between the Burnley sticks, as Nakhi Wells hopes to make an appearance.