Burnley are back to their native place. The Clarets turned the Turf Moor into a fortress last season as they banked heavily on their home comfort. Sean Dyche’s men would like to continue their dominance when they host a jubilant West Ham United.
Burnley are unbeaten in the last five matches in the Premier League and if they somehow manage to salvage a point against the Hammers Sean Dyche will be on cloud nine. Despite losing Michael Keane and Andre Gray, who were their main resource last season, the Clarets have kept themselves pretty much in the race although there is still scope for improvement.
Both the teams went into the international break with winning momentum and would be hoping to continue the run. Burnley shocked Everton as they edged the Toffees 1-0 while the Hammers rode on a Diafra Sakho winner against Swansea City.
Predicted 4-4-1-1 Burnley Starting Lineup Against West Ham United
Nick Pope has been rewarded with a new contract following his stupendous performance in the goal in the absence of Tom Heaton. Heaton’s absence hasn’t been felt till now and the 25-year-old is expected to keep up his good performance in the Clarets goal.
Ben Mee has stepped up the ante since the departure of Keane. The 28-year-old is tipped to get a call-up to the Three Lions side and needs to put up a solid performance.
James Tarkowski has done his job quite comfortable and will be in the backline. Matthew Lowton will be in his usual right-back role while Stephen Ward will get a chance in the left back position.
Jack Cork’s role will be crucial in this match. West Ham have a pretty envious attacking lineup and the defensive midfielder will have the task to nullify the Hammers’ attack.
Steven Defour’s attacking antics will be tested in this game. The midfielder should support Cork with his intelligent running down the middle and needs to find the gap to play that final pass with ease
Robbie Brady is likely to have a go from the right wing. The 25-year-old winger also can be dangerous from set-piece situations.
Scott Arfield will start on the left flank. Jeff Hendrick is likely to operate from just behind the main striker. He will be the link between the midfield and attackers. Chris Wood will be the sole striker in this match.
Here is how they might line up: