Kick-off: 1800, 08/07/2020
Stadium: London Stadium
TV: BT Sport
West Ham have boosted their survival prospects recently and will hope to take another step towards safety when they host Burnley.
The Hammers have picked up four points from their last two matches to edge away from the bottom three but they remain 15 points behind Burnley, who are in contention for a Europa League place.
We’re not convinced the hosts deserve to be such firm favourites and Burnley to avoid defeat looks good value at 4/5 as our opening West Ham vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham’s recent upturn in results has put them on course to avoid the drop but they are making hard work of it and there are still question marks about their defence.
They snatched a much-needed 3-2 win against Chelsea last week thanks to Andriy Yarmolenko’s late winner but the performance data all favoured the Blues, while they twice took the lead at Newcastle but had to settle for a 2-2 draw after quickly conceding an equaliser on both occasions.
Manager David Moyes said: “I was sickened, just because of us working so hard to get a goal back and then giving it up so quickly.
“We’re in a group of games where we think we have got chances of picking up points. If you turned it around and we had got a point against Chelsea and three against Newcastle, I think people would have said it was a great return.”
Only Southampton and Norwich have conceded more goals at home than West Ham, with eight of their last 11 league matches at the London Stadium featuring at least three goals.
That suggests over 2.5 goals at evens is good value in the West Ham vs Burnley odds.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Lanzini, Fornals, Soucek, Antonio, Rice, Bowen.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley have once again defied pre-season expectations and still have hope of a top-seven finish with five matches of the season to go.
The 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at the weekend moved them to 46 points and they remain in the hunt for Europe amid the uncertainty brought by Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year ban.
Manager Sean Dyche is playing down their chances and insists a second European qualification in three years is not his concern at this point.
“It’s interesting, people keep putting that on us,” he said. “That was never the aim of the season, the aim of the season was first to stay in the Premier League and second to get as high up the table as possible, and that second part is still the aim.
“We’re on our second highest ever points total at this stage so I’m not going to be overly critical of the players, they’re working to their maximum and we’ve got very few bodies.
“The real message from me was to be competitive in the remaining games and see where it takes us.”
Burnley have nothing to lose, though, with survival long since secured and they have taken seven points from their last three games, having enjoyed back-to-back wins against Watford and Crystal Palace before the Sheffield United game.
They appeal at 29/10 for the victory but with West Ham involved in some high-scoring games recently, an away win and both teams to score at 25/4 is worth the extra risk as our final West Ham vs Burnley prediction.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Taylor, Tarkowski, Pieters, Bardsley, Long, Brownhill, McNeil, Westwood, Rodriguez, Vydra.
Newcastle 2-2 WEST HAM – Michail Antonio, Tomas Soucek
BURNLEY 1-1 Sheff Utd – James Tarkowski
Head-to-head: Burnley 3-0 West Ham, Burnley 2-0 West Ham, West Ham 4-2 Burnley, West Ham 0-3 Burnley, Burnley 1-1 West Ham
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