West Ham head to Burnley on Saturday looking to pick their season back up after a few bumpy performances.
They come up against a rock-bottom Burnley side which should give them confidence considering the balance of the two sides.
However, to consider them heavy favourites would be naive considering the away form under David Moyes. West Ham have lost seven of their last 10 Premier League games, conceding twice in each of the defeats.
Since the start of last season, only Nottingham Forest (18) have lost more matches on the road than their 16 away defeats. David Moyes’ side have at least impressed against promoted sides, winning their last seven such games, while they also have 10 straight victories against teams who start the day bottom of the table.
West Ham Team News
West Ham look set to be without several key players which could give Burnley confidence in the game at Turf Moor.
Forward Jarrod Bowen is a major doubt after withdrawing from the England squad with a knee issue. Fellow striker Michail Antonio has been ruled out after suffering his own knee injury while playing for Jamaica with the international break not proving kind to Moyes and West Ham.
Considering Bowen as been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 13 Premier League starts, that’s a huge miss from an attacking perspective for the Hammers.
Who can replace Bowen?
It could well be a game that West Ham need to grind out considering the reduced attacking options at their disposal.
Bowen is a significant player for Moyes and has scored important goals for the club. But there is added quality in the squad compared to previous years with Said Benrahma proving a useful member of the squad.
James Ward-Prowse’ quality from set pieces will be an important asset when options in the final third are lacking. He’s registered nine assists in all competitions which shows his danger in delivery.
Mohammed Kudus is yet to show his best form in a West Ham shirt and this could be the game that sees his career in East London ignite.