In the 30th round of matches of the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign, David Moyes’ West Ham United play host to Sean Dyche’s Burnley in what is a must-win game for them in the complexion of the fight for survival against the high-flying Lancashire team.
The Hammers are fresh from a disappointing away thrashing at the hands of Swansea City in the league last Saturday, meanwhile, the Clarets were also in action seven days ago, defeating Everton on home turf, the hosts are the slight favourites for this one.
The much-anticipated fixture is due to kick-off at 3 PM GMT tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 10 March 2018), and as is customary with PL starts of that time, there will be no live television coverage available for viewing.
However, you can catch live radio commentary on BBC Radio London, or alternatively, if you don’t have access to a radio on Saturday, stay right here for our Live Blog of the match, featuring live and exclusive build-up, text commentary and reaction live from the London Stadium Press Box and starting at 1 PM.
The visit of Dyche’s Clarets will take place at the club’s London Stadium, with a capacity of 57,000 and the option to go high into the 70,000s it is one of the most spectacular and newest arenas in English Football.
Originally opening in 2012 for the London Olympics, the ground has now been a Premier League Stadium for nearly two years, and as well as football hosted rugby, athletics and concerts among other events, but hasn’t always been popular with supporters who were reluctant to leave the Irons’ former home of the Boleyn Ground.
Their discontent was catalysed early in this season when the first-team stars, then under Slaven Bilic, were forced to play the first four games of the season away from home due to Stratford hosting the World Athletics Championships.
But, the Stadium is slowly starting to feel more like home for the Claret & Blue Army, and today will be only the second time that the team from Lancashire have visited Stratford, falling victim to a Mark Noble strike previously in a 1-0 defeat back in December 2016.
Hammers manager Moyes has been dealt two major injury blows in the last few days with the news that defensive pairing Winston Reid and Sam Byram could be out for the rest of the season through injury, though we will know more after his Pre-Burnley Press Conference this afternoon.
Centre-backs James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna are expected to return having missed out on the trip to the Liberty Stadium, Byram and Reid join Edimilson Fernandes, Andy Carroll, and Pedro Obiang on the injury list just when the situation looked to be improving for the club, Arthur Masuaku will serve the final game of his suspension.
Whereas, BFC boss Dyche has exactly the same number of doubts as his counterpart Moyes ahead of the weekend, although more will be known about whether any of those could return after his own Presser.
These include the likes of Scott Arfield and keeper Tom Heaton, Steven Defour, Jonathan Walters and Robbie Brady will also watch from the sidelines, a relief for the home side given the Irishman Brady’s impressive scoring record against them.
The first-teams of West Ham United and Burnley have met a staggering 85 times in competitive football in a fixture that has been being played since all the way back in the year of 1923.
Neither side have dominated when it comes to the overall record as tomorrow’s home side have 36 victories to their name in this one, the away side 31 and there have been 18 draws in total.
But, one team have had the better of the more recent meetings between this pairing and that would be the team from East London, who are unbeaten in the last seven in all competitions, winning five of those, a run Moyes will hope to keep going.
Last time out, back in October 2017 at Turf Moor, a controversial 1-1 draw was played out involving West Ham, then under Croat Bilic, who took the lead through Michail Antonio early on, only to see Carroll sent off and Chris Wood pop up with a late leveller for Dyche’s men and steal a point.
Burnley Football Club was founded in 1882 when rugby union team Burnley Rovers decided to switch sports to football, thus making the club one of the founders of what is known today as the Football League.
Much like many other Top-Fight outfits today, Burnley have a very rich early history, which was followed by a somewhat period of decline and then a steady rise right to the very top once again.
Early on, the Clarets twice were crowned the champions of England in 1921 and 1960, lifting the FA Cup in 1914 and reaching the last eight of what are now known as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League in 1961 and 1967 respectively.
Nowadays, having ended a 33-year stint out of the Top-Flight around the turn of the decade and yoyoed in and out over since, the Lancashire club are enjoying their best season since the beginning of the Premier League, under manager of six years Dyche, occupying seventh place in the division, a full ten points and six places above their Saturday opposition.
Who Is Officiating?
Experienced Select Group Referee Lee Mason will be the man in the middle in Stratford tomorrow, acting as his Assistants Referees will be the duo of Harry Lennard and Matthew Wilkes, and the responsibilities of the Fourth Official will fall to his fellow Select Grouper Graham Scott.
So, now that the London Stadium scene has been well and truly set for a crucial afternoon of Premier League action in East London, can the hosts do it for Bobby on the day they will remember the late great Bobby Moore with a series of tributes before and during the match?
Or, will the visitors turn up in East London and cause a stir, thus boosting their European chances this term? Think you know? Be sure to head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your score predictions and join the pre-match discussion.