Burnley’s away form has caught the eye so far this season, winning at Chelsea and Everton as well as picking up points at Spurs and Liverpool as the Clarets continue to upset the applecart. This weekend Burnley are back at Turf Moor playing a West Ham side that have picked up only one point on their travels this season. A tough game on paper, but Burnley’s home form has come into question.
Burnley have only won four home games in 2017 which puts into doubt the “fortress Turf Moor” which gave the Clarets many plaudits last season when Sean Dyche’s men survived finishing 16th in the Premier League. But since the turn of the year, Burnley have struggled to pick up wins and have struggled on home soil so far this season, only picking up four points against West Brom, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town and only scoring the once; which was gifted with a calamitous mistake by Lee Chung-Yong who sent Chris Wood racing clear and slotted home against an exposed Wayne Hennessey.
Slaven Bilic was under some pressure at the start of the season, but since the 3-0 defeat at Newcastle, West Ham have started to improve, earning seven points from 12, through to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup and kept four clean sheets, so there is a bit of optimism for Hammers fans.
However they prepare to face a Burnley side full of confidence following their battling win Everton at with Jeff Hendrick proving to be difference. The midfielder will also be jubilant after securing a Play-Off place with Republic of Ireland along with his Burnley team mates; Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady and Kevin Long who all featured in the 1-0 win over Wales in Cardiff.
West Ham did the double over the Clarets last season, the first meeting at the Olympic Stadium with Mark Noble’s strike before half time proving to be the difference. The two sides last met on the final day of the season and the Hammers came from behind to beat the Clarets 2-1 courtesy of goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Andre Ayew.
With Burnley struggling at home and with West Ham’s upturn in form, my betting suggestion is with William Hill who are offering odds of 8/1 for a 0-0 draw. Burnley are usually well organised and a good bet for a clean sheet, especially at Turf Moor. West Ham’s away form might not be great but they have become more compact and organised in recent weeks and with Burnley’s lack of goals at home it could be worth a punt.