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West Ham must put "embarrassing" defeat behind them against Burnley

Filed: Monday, 5th March 2018
By: Staff Writer #3

West Ham United host Burnley on Saturday desperately needing to pick up three points to boost their fight for Premier League survival.

With West Bromwich Albion looking doomed, there are 12 clubs still nervously looking over their shoulders as the season heads into the final couple of months.

Just 10 points separates eighth-placed Leicester City and Stoke City in 19th, and the Hammers remain bang in trouble after picking up just one in their last five matches.

Last Saturday's dismal 4-1 defeat at Swansea City saw the Welsh club draw level on points with West Ham and manager David Moyes' assessment of his team's performance was damning.

"Embarrassing" and "impossible to assess" were the standout comments from Moyes' post-match interview, but the Scot needs to quickly find some answers if he is to keep West Ham safe this season.

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Despite the defeat, West Ham are priced at 23/20 to beat Burnley. The visitors are available at 13/5, with the draw on offer at 21/10.

The Hammers can take plenty of encouragement from their recent record against Burnley, having lost just one of their last nine meetings with the Lancashire club in all competitions.

The two sides drew 1-1 at Turf Moor earlier in the season, although the Hammers could count themselves unfortunate not to have picked up all three points.

Chris Wood's header for the home side five minutes from time cancelled out Michail Antonio's opener to rescue a point for Burnley, as West Ham played the majority of the contest with 10 men following Andy Carroll's stupid first-half dismissal.

A repeat of that scoreline can be backed at 51/10, but it's getting to the point in the season where home draws simply aren't good enough for the Hammers.

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Burnley head into the match having ended an 11-game winless run with a 2-1 victory at home to Everton to move on to 40 points for the season.

However, they haven't won away from home since last November and this is a game West Ham must win if they are serious about staying in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche's side are functional rather than spectacular and the fact they remain 7th in the table must be a serious source of embarrassment for plenty of clubs below them.

Last season's corresponding fixture finished 1-0 to West Ham and Moyes would undoubtedly be delighted if that particular 5/1 punt came home.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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