West Ham vs BurnleyEnglish Premier League, KO: 18:00 Jul 8, 2020, London Stadium
WEST Ham will be aiming to continue their mini-revival when they welcome Burnley to the London Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Hammers caught Chelsea cold in the capital last midweek before playing out a 2-2 draw away at Newcastle last weekend.
However, David Moyes (below) was left “sickened” by his side twice throwing away the lead at St James' Park and subsequently missing out on an opportunity to take a huge stride towards safety.
Consequently, the east Londoners come into this clash just four points above the basement zone but overcoming Burnley on Wednesday evening would give the Irons a seven point buffer over the bottom-three sides – at least temporarily.
Burnley, meanwhile, following a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United last Sunday, will head south having avoided defeat in all but one of their last 11 Premier League games.
Sean Dyche, having delivered a commendable fifth-successive season of top-flight football at Turf Moor, continues to work wonders with the Lancashire side who will still harbour ambitions of qualifying for next season's Europa League..
West Ham are 21/20 with Betfred to record back-to-back home wins while share of the spoils at the London Stadium is priced up at 12/5 with the same bookmaker.
Burnley, despite being one of the most in-form sides in the division, are as big as 3/1 with Betfred to collect all three points in the capital.
I'm going to start off by delving into the player stats market with a view to backing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to attempt 50 or more passes at 13/10 with Coral.
Taking this approach would have banked profit during the Hammers 2-2 draw away at Newcastle and I'm happy to side with a repeat here on an evening where I expect the home side to take the game to a battle-hardened Burnley outfit.
Rice has become an integral part of the West Ham engine-room and he often drops deep to receive the ball from the back-four – a scenario that is likely when the east Londoners are attempting to find a way through a typically stubborn Sean Dyche side.
The deep-lying playmaker has completed over 86% of the 1467 the passes that the has attempted this term – a success rate that eclipses the likes of Jordan Henderson and Wilfred Ndidi – and with that in mind coupled with the fact that Rice racked up 57 passes in the reverse fixture, I like the look of backing the England midfielder to hit 50 or more passes at the London Stadium.
In considering who will come out on top in this capital clash this looks like a tricky fixture to tackle from a betting perspective but if pushed I would back the Hammers to boost their bid to beat the drop on Wednesday evening.
Moyes' men have made the net bulge three times across three of their last four Premier League games in east London, however, West Ham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 matches in their own manor.
What's more, the Londoner's leaky backline has been breached at least twice in nine of their 11 last top-flight tussles and the Hammers ropey home record makes them difficult to trust against an in-form Burnley team.
Therefore, rather than backing West Ham to win outright, I am instead going to combine the home side on the double chance alongside over 1 match goal and at least 1 match card at 4/5 with Bet 365 – a combination that has clicked in West Ham's last two league outings.
This English Premier League match between West Ham and Burnley will be played on Jul 8, 2020 and kick off at 18:00. Check below for our tipsters best West Ham vs Burnley prediction.