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Frank McAvennie predicts West Ham will only earn a point at Turf Moor on Monday when they take on Burnley in their next Premier League fixture.
Sean Dyche’s men will be on a high after winning 4-0 away at Wolves last time with striker Chris Wood scoring a first-half hat-trick.
McAvennie has highlighted Wood as the dangerman ahead of West Ham’s visit to Lancashire but believes David Moyes’ defence has improved to the point where it still won’t be the easiest of afternoons for the New Zealand striker.
“I’m hoping we get a win there,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.
“It’ll be hard. Burnley normally turn West Ham over.
“Chris Wood, the big boy up front, causes problems but we’ve got a decent defence now. Teams don’t get the freedom of bulling the centre-halves at the moment.
“I’ll go for a 1-1 draw.
“It’s going to be hard because Burnley are hard to beat at any time.
“But after a result like that, they’ll be confident and the boy Wood will be on fire.”
McAvennie is right about Burnley being a bit of a bogey team for the Hammers.
West Ham won against the Clarets earlier this season but before that, the London club had suffered three back-to-beat defeats against Dyche’s side.
We’ve scored just once against them in the last four meetings too, with Burnley’s defence arguably one of the most impressive for teams outside of the Premier League’s top half.
Moyes’ men will have to be at their best on Monday but let’s hope someone like Jesse Lingard is able to unpick the Turf Moor defence and allow the Hammers to have plenty of chances to get their form back on track.
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