West Ham United v Burnley
Premier League, London Stadium, Sunday 17 April 2022, 2.15pm BST
West Ham United return to Premier League action on Sunday with Burnley set to be the latest visitors to London Stadium.
David Moyes’ men head into Easter weekend seeking to bounce back in the league, following a 2-0 defeat away to Brentford last Sunday – a game that came sandwiched between the Hammers’ last-eight exploits in the UEFA Europa League against Olympique Lyonnais.
The Irons sit sixth in the Premier League table going into the weekend, with 51 points from 32 matches played, and remain in the race to secure European football for a second consecutive campaign.
Burnley, meanwhile, sit 18th in the English top flight and are on 24 points, four points behind Everton and – crucially – safety from relegation to the EFL Championship.
The Clarets will be managed by their U23s coach Mike Jackson following the departure of long-serving manager Sean Dyche on Good Friday.
The Hammers are on the hunt for a fourth consecutive league win at London Stadium, having seen off Everton, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent weeks.
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Seats are also available for our upcoming home fixture with Arsenal on Sunday 1 May, while tickets for Mark Noble’s final home game as a Hammer, versus Manchester City, are now on sale too!
How to follow
Sunday's 2pm kick-off will NOT be broadcast live in the UK, but it will be screened in various territories around the world by the Premier League's international broadcast partners.
We will be covering the game live with a blog and audio commentary on whufc.com and our Official App and across our social media channels, with goals, highlights and exclusive reaction to follow after the final whistle.
Update on supporter access to London Stadium
West Ham United can provide an update to supporters on their access to London Stadium for the remainder of the 2021/22 season, following the Government’s easing of COVID-19 Autumn and Winter Plan B restrictions.
In line with the latest Government guidance, COVID passes will no longer be a condition of entry to Premier League matches.
Supporters will no longer be required to complete a health declaration form before the match, nor present any form of COVID certification on matchday.
West Ham United, the Premier League and its clubs continue to urge fans to follow public health guidance to keep each other safe on a matchday, including wearing face coverings when indoors or in crowded areas.
A Code of Conduct remains in place and is updated to reflect the latest changes in Government and Premier League guidance. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, it is vital supporters continue to do all they can to minimise the risk of passing on COVID
Supporters should note that stadium access processes continue to remain subject to change, in line with changes to COVID protocols or guidance issued by the Government, Premier League and SGSA.
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West Ham United will have Aaron Cresswell available once again after the left-back was forced to miss Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second-leg away to Lyon due to suspension.
Centre-back Kurt Zouma was also ruled out of Thursday’s match due to a twisted ankle sustained in last Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Brentford, while Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna is still unavailable after undergoing knee surgery before Christmas.
Burnley, meanwhile, are set to be without captain Ben Mee and midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who have been absent through injury.
Erik Pieters has also been unavailable due to a knee injury but is anticipated to be closer to a return to action for the Clarets.
The Opposition – Burnley
Burnley have become synonymous with the Premier League in recent campaigns, but the Clarets’ six-year stay in the top flight is in serious jeopordy as the 2021/22 campaign reaches towards its conclusion.
It was all change at Turf Moor on Friday, when long-serving manager Sean Dyche, who had led Burnley into the Premier League twice and into the UEFA Europa League in 2018, departed after nine-and-a-half years in charge. Why, you might ask?
Well, the Clarets sit 18th in the Premier League table and are four points behind Everton and the safety that 17th-place would represent. They did claim a huge three points against the Toffees last week but a loss to bottom-placed side Norwich City last weekend, along with Everton beating Manchester United, has reopened a gap between third-and-fourth bottom.
With just four wins in the league all season, Burnley have claimed the fewest victories of any team in the Premier League this campaign and have picked up just as many points through drawing - claiming 12. Only Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City (13) have drawn more league matches this season.
Only one of Burnley's four wins has come on the road, an impressive 3-0 result at Brighton back in February. Despite their difficult situation, Burnley remain a tough side to break down over 90 minutes.
West Ham United and Burnley meet in the Premier League for the 16th time on Sunday.
The Hammers have won eight of the previous 15 fixtures between the two clubs, with the Clarets winning five and just one draw.
West Ham have scored 21 goals to Burnley's 20, but the Lancashire side has kept five clean sheets to West Ham's four. The most recent meeting, at Turf Moor in December, ended in a stalemate.
Burnley did the Premier League double over West Ham in 2019/20, winning 3-0 at Turf Moor in November 2019 and 1-0 at London Stadium in July, but the Hammers got their own back by completing their own double last season, winning 1-0 in east London in January before securing a 2-1 success at Turf Moor in May.
West Ham’s biggest Premier League win over Burnley came back on 28 November 2009, when Gianfranco Zola’s side secured a 5-3 win at the Boleyn Ground, while the Hammers also won 3-1 at Turf Moor in October 2014 and 4-2 at London Stadium in November 2018.
David Moyes has faced Burnley on 12 occasions in his long managerial career, winning four, drawing twice and losing six.
Sunday’s Premier League match will be our awareness fixture for the DT38 Foundation, the charity set up in memory of the late West Ham United striker Dylan Tombides, who passed away in 2014 at the age of just 20.
DT38 Foundation encourages men to check themselves for any signs of testicular cancer on the first day of every month.
The charity launched their Check 1-Two campaign in 2020 to help save men and boys' lives.
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer amongst young men and early detection hugely increases the chances of survival.
The charity shares a monthly video message on social media to remind men about the importance of self checking and urges males to set up a reminder in their mobile phones and tablets.
Self checking is a simple examination of the testes which can take a little as two minutes to complete. Signs to look for are:
• A hard pea-sized lump
• Slight enlargement of a testicle
• A change in consistency of the testicles
• A heavy feeling in the testicles
• A dull ache in lower abdomen/groin
• Pain, swelling, discomfort in the testicles or scrotum
• A sore on the tip of the penis that irritates or won't heal
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistant referees: Lee Betts & Harry Lennard
Fourth official: Graham Scott
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes
Born in Salford, Manchester in December 1980, Paul Tierney is registered with the Lancashire Football Association and first got a taste for officiating in the Premier League in the 2008/09 season, when he served as the assistant referee for Hull City's visit to Newcastle United.
Tierney became a member of the National Group of Referees ahead of the 2009/10 campaign, with Macclesfield Town against Notts County on the opening weekend of the League Two season being the first fixture he officiated.
The official took charge of the 2014 League Two Play-off Semi-final second leg between Southend United and Burton Albion, and in the same season he officiated the Football League Trophy Southern Final second leg between Peterborough United and Swindon Town.
His first experience of being the man in the middle for a Premier League match came in the 2014/15 campaign, when he oversaw Swansea City versus West Bromwich Albion at the Liberty Stadium on 30 August 2014.
Tierney officiated the EFL Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County in May 2019 and also refereed the 2021 EFL Cup Final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Tierney has taken charge of one other West Ham United Premier League match this season, officiating the Hammers' 1-0 win at London Stadium over Tottenham Hotspur back in October.