Burnley Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 08 Nov 2019 17:02:00
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Having lost his unbeaten record against Newcastle United last weekend, Manuel Pellegrini will attempt to earn his first win at Burnley as a manager when West Ham United head to Turf Moor and take on the Clarets on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers still haven't won anywhere since 22 September and are currently in thirteenth place in the table as a result. They will hope to arrest that slide by signing off with a much-needed victory here as they head into the next international break.

Despite being unbeaten up until the last encounter on the road at Everton three weeks ago, the Irons are hoping to pick up only a second win on their travels this season, as they haven't managed to achieve such a feat since the 3-1 win at Watford on 24 August.

You have to go back to the final day of the 2016/17 season when the East Londoners, then under the stewardship of Slaven Bilic came from behind to win 2-1.

Burnley ended a wretched run of form when the two teams last met here, as they rounded off 2018 with a 2-0 success and given that both teams will want to make up for poor results last weekend, then who knows which of the two sides will come out on top on this occasion.

Jack Wilshire is hoping to make a rare start for the encounter against Sean Dyche's men if he passes a fitness test after his recent groin injury.

Robert Snodgrass followed up his strike against newly-promoted Sheffield United with another equally impressive effort last time out and he will be keen to retain his place.

The introduction of Ryan Fredericks certainly made an impact as he helped his side grab two late goals to make the scoreline look slightly more respectable given that they had been three goals down. The former Fulham man will certainly have been knocking on the door of the manager's office in the hope of winning his place back.

Although Fredericks was instrumental in helping the team to reduce the deficit, it was Fabián Balbuena who started it all off seven days ago and he will be keen to resume his partnership alongside Issa Diop.

Manuel Lanzini could perhaps count himself unlucky to be dropped to the bench after the defeat against the Toffees and he will be another player itching to be involved from the start.

Saturday's match is a 3pm kick-off and the referee is Kevin Friend.

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