Hammers striker Michail Antonio admits he is dreading the ‘awful’ prospect of facing Burnley but is confident of a West Ham win.

West Ham face the perennially difficult trip to Burnley for the 2pm kick-off knowing they need to win to stave off the threat to their place in the top four.

Turf Moor is never an easy place to go, though, regardless of the Clarets’s league position as they once again look set for a season long battle against relegation.

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Sean Dyche’s side are regarded the most physical opponents in the top flight.


And most of Burnley’s opponents know they have been in a game regardless of the result.

West Ham are flying again this season under David Moyes.

Key man Antonio has been the team’s focal point again.

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But the powerhouse striker has hit a lull in form of late and has not scored since netting the winner against Spurs back in October.

Antonio possesses all the physical attributes one would need to take on this obdurate Burnley side.

But even he admits he dreads facing Dyche’s men, describing the experience as ‘awful’ when speaking on the Footballer’s Football podcast ahead of the game.

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Michail Antonio dreading ‘awful’ prospect of facing Burnley but confident of West Ham win

“We’ve got Burnley away, that’s an awful game” Antonio said on the Footballer’s Football podcast.

“No matter when, no matter what season, it’s an awful game.

“You know exactly what you’re gonna get a flat back (four), 442, two big lads up front, hit it in the channels, fighting for our defence, fighting them to get a goal.

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“It’s gonna be a scrappy game but we believe that we’ll go and get the three points.

“One thing I’ve noticed about their football is they’ve got their way and they know how they play. They’ve got certain things they do… when one person gets the ball that person knows what’s gonna happen.

“And it’s kept them in the Prem for so many years and they’ve done well with it. We’ve definitely got so much respect for them as a team but we’ve got to go out there and do our jobs and get the three points.”

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