Burnley v West Ham Betting Tips and Predictions
May 17, 2017
Sean Dyche’s clarets are stumbling towards the finishing line after only one win in their last six games, including a 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth last time out, while West Ham are still reeling from their 4-0 demolition at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.
While Burnley were expecting to finish somewhere in the bottom-half of the table this season, the Hammers have endured a difficult campaign as they have taken time to settle into their new home at the London Stadium. While 12th place doesn’t look horrendous on paper, they will be keen to improve for next season, starting with a strong finale here.
Slaven Bilic could make several changes to the side that lost 4-0 to Liverpool, with Andre Ayew and Jonathan Calleri among those in danger of losing their places in the starting line-up. Sofiane Feghouli, Ashley Fletcher and Robert Snodgrass are all pushing to start in a last-ditch attempt to impress their manager this season. There have been reports suggesting that the West Ham board will review Bilic’s position at the club before making a decision on his future, so a convincing three points may go a long way for the popular Croatian.
Bilic will take heart in the fact that Burnley have won only two of their last 14 Premier League games against the Hammers. The east London club came out on top when the sides met in December, with Mark Noble scoring the only goal. West Ham also completed the double over Burnley last season, recording 1-0 and 3-1 wins so, looking at recent history backing West Ham would be a smart move.
However, the Hammers always seem to end their season with a whimper – they have lost the last game in each of their last three seasons. All three of those games, like this one, were away from home – so there are a few bad omens for them to contend with.
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Turf Moor is never an easy ground for visiting teams, too. Burnley have accrued 33 of their 40 points this season at home while their only defeats in front of their own supporters since Christmas have been to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Interestingly, though, Burnley have lost two and drawn one of their last three games at home to West Ham, so perhaps there is something the Hammers enjoy about making the trip to Lancashire.
With Sky Bet, Burnley are currently a best price at 7/5, a draw is 12/5 while West Ham are 19/10 to walk away from with all three points. The Clarets don’t tend to score buckets of goals and, given their strength at home, a 1-0 win at 15/2 looks like a great bet. Pertinently, Sam Vokes looks to be finishing the season with a flurry of goals. He’s scored three in his last two games, so 5/1 first goalscorer is a solid price given his current form – and also given that the Hammers have a tendency to capitulate defensively (they’ve conceded three or more goals ten times this season).