Five reasons to watch Burnley versus West Ham United

Robert Snodgrass


1. Great Scot

West Ham United fans’ favourite Robert Snodgrass can become the first Scottish player to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances since Steven Naismith did so for Everton in August 2014, if he finds the net at Turf Moor this afternoon.

With four Premier League goals for the Club in total, the 32-year-old already ranks second in the Hammers’ all-time list of Scottish goalscorers behind Don Hutchison, who netted 12 times in the competition.

For those wondering, Christian Dailly did not score in his 112 Premier League appearances in Claret and Blue!


2. Jack the lad

With West Ham United struggling to turn chances into goals and to control games overall, the potential return of Jack Wilshere comes at the perfect time.

At his best, the England international can run matches with his combination of technical ability, accurate passing, energetic ball carrying, astute positional play and tenacious tackling.

While he may not be fit enough to start, coming into the game off a minor injury, the option to introduce Wilshere to proceedings could be vital for Manuel Pellegrini at Burnley.


Chris Wood scores


3. If you come down to the Wood today…

The match preview on the Premier League’s official website contains two worrying paragraphs for all West Ham United supporters.

The first reads: ‘Burnley manager Sean Dyche says that Chris Wood, who has just a signed a new contract with the club, has "every chance" of facing West Ham after missing two matches with a hamstring injury’.

And the second: ‘Chris Wood has scored in all four of his matches against West Ham, averaging a goal every 45 minutes. No player has a better 100 per cent record of scoring against a specific opponent in the Premier League’.


4. The Clarets are far from vintage

Burnley’s normally resolute defence has looked anything but in recent weeks.

The Clarets have conceded nine goals in their last three Premier League matches, losing all three, having previously lost just two of their opening eight games, conceding only nine goals.

Working out what has gone wrong is more difficult as Burnley have fielded the same back five – Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Erik Pieters – in all eleven top-flight fixtures.

Will Sean Dyche be tempted to change things at the back in a bid to shore things up? If he does, what are his options? Centre-backs Ben Gibson and Kevin Long are available, while Charlie Taylor was a regular at left-back last season.


5. West Ham's away form is not as bad as certain people think

According to one national newspaper, West Ham United’s ‘recent away form has been poor’. However, it depends which way you look at it.

The Hammers have lost just once away from London Stadium in the Premier League since going down narrowly at Manchester United on 13 April – the 2-0 defeat at Everton last time out. In the six top-flight matches prior to that defeat, the Irons won three and drew three.

If you wanted to be negative, you would point to the fact that West Ham have not won any of their last three away matches – four if you include the Carabao Cup defeat at Oxford United.