Premier League, kick-off at 3:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 from Turf Moor
High-flying Burnley host struggling West Ham at Turf Moor on Saturday knowing three points could drive them into the top-four. Crazy, but it would be nothing more than they deserve, following an impressive start to the season. Sean Dyche’s side sit sixth, level with Liverpool.
West Ham haven’t had things anywhere near as good in the opening weeks, feeling sorry for themselves down in 15th. Just two points better than Swansea and the relegation zone, the East Londoners must start the month with a win, and kick-on from there. Who is your money on? The form makes a home win worth sticking with, but there’s value in the upset. We give our best betting tips and predictions.
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Team News – Burnley
Performing above expectations, Burnley start the weekend with a CV showing three wins, three draws and one defeat. The locals are unbeaten in their last five – two wins and three draws – but picked up a maximum last time out. Starting October with a trip to Goodison Park, The Toffees were favourites, but suffered another hurtful loss in what has been a miserable start to the season. All the Everton millions couldn’t stop a hard-working Burnley nicking it, Jeff Hendrick scoring a first-half winner to stun the support.
Burnley had to soak up plenty of pressure that day, but made themselves difficult to beat, confident the chance to win the match would come sooner or later. Everton had 63% of the possession, 25 shots at goal, but could put only four on target, and that’s worrying. Burnley had two shots at goal, and scored one. Dyche credited his side for their nitty-gritty defending, and was overjoyed by the goal, calling it a real team effort. The gaffer thought things were coming together for his boys.
They’d have their work cut out recording another win to nil, but those with confidence in the home dressing room can take a pop in their betting tips at 17/5, top price when getting your stake money down at Bet Victor. The home win is favourite, an option in predictions at 29/20 through bet365. Much more likely than the draw, which goes 23/10 with the same firm.
Team News – West Ham
West Ham have picked up where they left off last season, struggling for consistency, trading blows at the wrong end of the table. The Stratford outfit have managed just two wins from their first seven, losing four. The form of their last three reads draw-lose-win, and that snapshot sums up how things have gone for Slaven Bilic’s side so far. On a positive note, they have lost just one of their last four, winning twice.
West Ham were last seen on the winning side, beating Swansea 1-0 in London to finish September off on a high. A draw looked the most likely outcome there, but a 90th minute winner from Diafra Sakho settled things in their favour. That goal may just have bought his gaffer a little more time, with fans and the board becoming restless in recent weeks. Bilic himself told members of the press after the match that he breathed a huge sigh of relief when the goal went in. If his team were to double up, they’d push themselves through the ranks, winning Bilic a few friends in the process.
Followers of the stats will tell us that West Ham boast a fantastic recent record vs Burnley, unbeaten in their last six vs The Clarets, a run stretching back to 2011. That will come as a surprise to punters, and makes the 9/5 (Coral) about an away win all the more appealing. There’s certainly enough value in that one to merit an interest. Both teams to score can be backed if you prefer to sit on the fence, 39/40 at Sportingbet.
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Confidence is with the home dressing room, and that should make the difference on Saturday. West Ham are expected to improve in the coming weeks, but Turf Moor is a tough place to visit at the best of times, and with the locals having something to aim for, I’m having them in my betting tips. 29/20 at bet365 on Burnley will do for us, and can be backed as a single, or as part of smaller multiples.
There shouldn’t be too much in it however, so we’re having 1-0 Burnley as the next best of our predictions. That’s second favourite in the market, but there’s enough of a price there to give us a healthy interest on the day, bet365 trading a top price 7/1. Burnley beat Everton that way last time, and a repeat would come as no surprise.
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