Mark Lawrenson predicted more trouble for West Ham this weekend, backing Burnley to walk away with all three points, when writing his regular column for BBC Sport.

The Hammers have been in really poor form recently, taking just two points from their last five games.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have slumped to 13th place in the table. And if they are not careful, they could easily get dragged down into the relegation battle.

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Manuel Pellegrini with Sean Dyche (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

Burnley, meanwhile, are hardly in great form themselves. The Clarets have lost three straight games. And Sean Dyche will be demanding a big performance from his players before the two-week international break.

It is a game that both sides desperately need to win.

Lawrenson explained why he believes Burnley will beat West Ham tomorrow, when writing his regular column for BBC Sport:

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“Both of these sides are in poor form. I was surprised to see Burnley get a shellacking, by their standards, at Sheffield United last weekend. The Hammers also had a bad day in their 3-2 defeat by Newcastle. Both teams will be looking to make a big improvement, but it is Burnley I am backing here. They don’t normally go too long without a win, and I am expecting them to have a go at West Ham.”

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

West Ham will need to work harder than Burnley if they want to win the game tomorrow. Turf Moor is never an easy place to go, and Pellegrini’s side must be ready for a fight.

The Hammers have the quality to win the game, but they must show spirit, heart and desire too.

Hopefully West Ham prove Lawrenson wrong…

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