Preview – Burnley



All the need-to-know information ahead of Sunday’s final day trip to Burnley...

When and Where?

Burnley v West Ham United
Premier League
Sunday 21 May 2017, 3pm BST
Turf Moor


What’s the Story?

Dead rubber? Not a bit of it.

Sunday’s final day game between Burnley and the Hammers may come around with both teams sure of their Premier League safety, but there is still plenty to play for.

With just three points separating Leicester in eleventh and Watford in 16th, a finish in any of those positions is possible for both teams, with Burnley able to drop as low as 17th should results go against them.

That equates to millions of pounds difference in terms of Premier League prize money, not to mention pride, so both sides will be keen to end the campaign on a high.

West Ham secured their safety with their 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago, but could not build on that last Sunday as Liverpool left London Stadium with a 4-0 win under their belts.

Burnley have made sure their top flight stay will extend into another season with four points from their last three games, coming from a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace and 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

However, like the Hammers, they also tasted defeat last time out, as Junior Stanislas and Josh King struck to give Bournemouth the points by the odd goal in three.

When West Ham met Burnley at home earlier this season, the Hammers celebrated a vital 1-0 victory with Mark Noble scoring the goal, following up to knock home after Tom Heaton saved his penalty at the end of the first half.


Team news

The Hammers’ injury list for this game is an extensive one, with Winston Reid the latest to join the absentees after he underwent surgery this week on a knee injury which he had been playing through for some time.

He joins Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble in going under the surgeon’s knife in recent weeks, but all three should return in time for the start of pre-season.

Michail Antonio (hamstring), Pedro Obiang (ankle) and Diafra Sakho (back) remain out, but Angelo Ogbonna returned to the squad last week following his knee injury and is available for selection at Turf Moor.

For Burnley, Sean Dyche has far fewer injury concerns, but the three he does have are significant.

Standout centre-backs Michael Keane (calf) and Ben Mee (shin) are both doubts, which would mean Irishman Kevin Long and James Tarkowski will deputise.

Otherwise, experienced midfielders Dean Marney (knee) and Joey Barton (suspension) are the Clarets' only other absentees.


Player head-to-head


Vokes v Ayew


How do I get to the game?

Click here to access Burnley’s guide to Turf Moor, including directions, parking information and more.

Train services to Burnley are available via a number of routes, from London Euston changing at Preston, from Euston changing in Manchester, or from Kings Cross and a change at Leeds.  Click here to plan your journey.

News on the roads can be found by clicking here.

A cloudy day is forecast for Burnley on Sunday, with temperature at kick-off of 16C (61F).


How can I watch the game?

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