Match Preview: Burnley vs West Ham United: Premier League Matchday Eight

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As the Premier League returns from the second International Break of the season, we make the tricky trip to face an in-form Burnley side under Sean Dyche.

Slaven Bilic’s Boys come into the clash off the back of a late vital win over Swansea City in late September, whereas, The Clarets also enjoyed a one-goal victory in their last game, beating The Toffees at Goodison Park.

When?

Kick-off is scheduled for 3PM tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 14 October 2017), with no television coverage available in the UK, as is customary with kick-offs of that time.

However, you can choose to tune into Live Radio Commentary on BBC Radio London but if you don’t have access to a Radio on Saturday, you can be sure to head over to @MooreThanAClub for all the live action, updates, and reaction from Lancashire.

Where?

The encounter will take place at Burnley’s Turf Moor Stadium, originally opening in 1833 as a cricket ground, it has a capacity of just over 21,000.

The stadium has proved a fortress for The Clarets since their return to the Top-Flight as they enjoyed the third-best home record in the Premier League last season.

Interestingly, Turf Moor became the first football ground in the world to be visited by a British Royal when, in 1886, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale made an appearance after opening a new hospital in the area.

Contrary to The Clarets wondrous home form, we have enjoyed a good record at Turf Moor of late, winning on our last three visits by the score-lines 0-2, 1-3 and 1-2.

Team News

Clarets Boss Sean Dyche has confirmed that the trio of, new signings Jon Walters and Nahki Wells and veteran Dean Marney will miss tomorrow’s fixture.

Both Wells and Marney stepped up their recoveries in an U23 game today but will remain unavailable, whereas Walters is out until Christmas after worsening a knee injury on International Duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic was all smiles at his Pre-Burnley Press Conference at Rush Green yesterday as he revealed: “we have most of the players available for the game”.

However, the one exception to that is defender James Collins who remains sidelined after an ankle injury sustained at The Hawthorns last month, but Javier Hernandez is unlikely to start having only returned to training yesterday from the International Break.

Form

The teams of Burnley and West Ham United have met 84 times in competition football and the record stands fairly even with The Clarets winning 31 times, us taking all three points on 36 occasions and there being 17 stalemates.

However, the same can’t be said for the recent record between the two sides as Bilic’s Boys have won 14 out of the last 19 meetings in all competitions.

Within that run, we have defeated The Clarets in each of our last five matches in all competitions, a superb record that stretches back to the winter of 2013.

Recent notable encounters include our 5-1 and 5-3 Upton Park thrashings of Burnley in 2011 and 2009 respectively and who could forget our thrilling 1-0 besting of Dyche’s men at The London Stadium last December?

The Opposition

Burnley Football Club was founded in 1882 when Burnley Rovers Rugby Club decided to switch sporting allegiance to “the beautiful game”.

Their most successful period would come in the mid-20th century, when they reached The Quarter-Final of The European Cup, twice finished as FA Cup runners-up and won a First Division Title in the 1959/1960 campaign.

However, like many traditional English Clubs, their fortunes have been rollercoaster like in the modern era with Promotions and Relegations aplenty, their most recent success came as Championship Champions in 2015/2016.

Curiously, famous Clarets fans include Charles, The Prince of Wales, Tony Blair’s former Spokesman Alistair Campbell and the man who helped lead the Allied Invasion of Europe during WW2, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.

Under Sean Dyche, they have enjoyed a marvellous start to this campaign sitting 6th with 12 points and are unbeaten on the road after results at grounds such as Stamford Bridge and Wembley.

Who Is Officiating?

Experienced Select Group Referee Stuart Atwell will be the man in the middle tomorrow, with Eddie Smart, and Mick McDonough as his Assistants, and the evergreen Mike Dean Fourth Official.

So, with all the action from Turf Moor well and truly previewed, can we deal The Clarets a Hammer blow to stunt their marvellous start to the 2017/2018 season?

Or, will the home side prove too hot to handle and turn up the heat on Slaven Bilic once again? Have your say in our pre-match debate on Twitter.