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Hammers go to Turf Moor at the right time

The Irons need to beat Burnley tonight to stay in the hunt for Champions League football.

Chelsea’s win over Fulham has extended their lead over us to six points and we can ill-afford any more slip ups.

A trip to Turf Moor is always difficult, always thorny, because Sean Dyche sets his side up so well, and they are so effective at grinding out results.

But they haven’t exactly been in the best form in recent weeks.

They haven’t won at home in the league since a 3-2 win over Aston Villa in January. Since then, they have lost to Man City and Newcastle at home and drawn with Brighton, Fulham, West Brom, Leicester and Arsenal.

You could argue the last two results on there account for a point gained rather than two dropped but, still, this is not really a Burnley team for us to fear.

We have a relatively poor record against them, with our win in the reverse fixture coming after three successive losses in which we failed to score a goal, but the only real threat Burnley can muster at the moment is that of Chris Wood.

The New Zealand striker scored a hat-trick last time out as the Clarets beat Wolves 4-0, meaning he has scored six goals in his last six outings, having also netted versus Arsenal, Everton, and Southampton.

Keep him quiet, and we should be winning tonight, and propelling ourselves well and truly back into the top four race.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

4 comments on “Hammers go to Turf Moor at the right time

  1. I like the bullish outlook Dave, but when we look deeper at the Clarets squad many of their integral players have recently returned, making them an even tougher nut to crack.
    The team who scores first will probably win, fingers crossed ( and hammers), that’ll be us.
    Cannot wait to see how “ We line up”.

  2. I think its more like we need to win to stay in hunt for top 7

  3. Right time 🤔really.. Oh well fingers crossed 🤞🤞We have a dreadful record v Burnley and that man Woods is on a run… Time to change that around… Will be thankful to get a point..

  4. Just seen the starting 11, welcome back Dawson, Cresswell and Antonio.
    It looks like a few forced changes to me. Our bench is almost threadbare though, Bowen the only attacking option, two CB’s, two RB’s, two GK’s and two kids.
    It’s going to be a nail biter for me, as always.
    Up the Hammers!

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