While there were undoubtedly positives for Burnley to take from their 2-2 draw at Leicester in their last game before the international break, it was hardly the kind of result that dismisses fears of relegation.
The Clarets are the 3/10 favourites to go down this season, and while the draw at the Foxes saw them net their first goal since mid-August, it also demonstrated the loss of their defensive resolve.
Sean Dyche’s side kept three clean sheets in a row before going down 4-0 to West Brom and drawing 2-2 with Leicester, and it seems in aiming to improve Burnley’s attacking record the manager has opened up gaps at the back.
This might not matter so much if their next opponents West Ham did not boast one of the most in-form forwards in Europe in their ranks.
Summer signing Diafra Sakho has bagged in each of his past five games for the Irons in all competitions, and will be licking his lips at the prospect of making it six out of six against the Clarets.
Sakho is a healthy 2/1 to net at any time, and the Senegalese player’s prolificacy could well inspire West Ham to their third victory in four league games.
The Hammers are currently sitting pretty in seventh position in the Premier League, with Sam Allardyce’s attempts to transform them into a more attacking side so far proving very successful.
Stewart Downing has been reborn as a central playmaker, and alongside Cesc Fabregas has created the joint-most chances in the league with 22.
Only four sides have had more shots on target in the Premier League so far than West Ham, who have scored the fifth-most goals with 12 in seven matches.
With Burnley netting just three in seven so far, and now looking defensively frail, the Clarets could be blown away by Sakho and co this weekend.
The visitors are worth backing to win at 17/10, while Burnley are available at 9/5 and the draw 11/5.