A trip to East Lancashire is next up for West Ham after the rather uninspiring win against Swansea last time out. Burnley have started the season well beating Chelsea and Everton away from home as well as earning creditable draws with Tottenham at Wembley and Liverpool at Anfield. Burnley’s achievements last year were built almost completely on their home form, but they have found it very hard to score this time around scoring only one goal in their first 3 games.
Sean Dyche is a very good manager and sets his teams up to be hard to beat first, then relies on the likes of midfielders Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady to provide the guile to get the service to Voakes and Wood up front. Left-back Stephen Ward is an improving player and has been outstanding so far this season for the Lancashire club. Burnley struggle when they have to make the play preferring to hit on the counter attack and make use of their threat from set pieces. Knowing Burnley’s strengths I would play Hernandez up front with Lanzini just off him, if Hernandez still hasn’t recovered from his return from international duty I would start Sahko. The Senegalese international is an odd character but he is a real goal threat and his pace in behind the two Burnley centre halves could prove vital in creating the pace for the likes of Antonio, Lanzini and Arnoutovic to operate in.
Noble will captain the side from a defensive midfield position with Kouyate providing thrust from midfield. I think we should revert to a back four with Fonte, Reid at centre-half and Cresswell and Zabaletta at full back, with Hart to continue in goal.
Burnley is a hard place to get a result but using Lanzini as a conduit to release either Sakho or Hernandez and with Carroll to have an impact from the bench I am expecting a positive result from the weekend.
AM – Lanzini
STK – Hernandez