By Kealan Hughes

30th Apr, 2021 | 6:56am

Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham to lose to Burnley

Mark Lawrenson has predicted that West Ham will lose 2-0 to Burnley when they visit Turf Moor on Monday.

The BBC pundit was impressed with the Clarets’ convincing 4-0 win over Wolves last week, with striker Chris Wood in fine form grabbing a hattrick.

As for the Hammers, Lawrenson is concerned by the back-to-back losses to Chelsea and Newcastle, and he thinks the absence of Michail Antonio and Declan Rice will be felt against Burnley.

In his BBC predictions, Lawrenson said, “What a fabulous result Burnley got last weekend, beating Wolves 4-0.

“The Clarets were never going to get relegated but they needed a response after losing three in a row and it was typical of their manager Sean Dyche to deliver one like that.

“West Ham, meanwhile, are just starting to falter after losing their past two games. Without injured duo Declan Rice and Michail Antonio, I think they might struggle to get back on track at Turf Moor.”

Do not underestimate us 

Lawrenson’s prediction is a little bit puzzling and it is fair to say we do not agree with him one bit.

He talks about Dyche pulling out a victory after a dreadful run, but that is something Moyes has been doing for most of the season.

After defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City in 2021 we bounced back with big wins against Aston Villa and Leeds United respectively, and we could have done the same against Newcastle if Craig Dawson was not sent off.

A visit to Burnley suits us now as we have brushed aside the bottom half clubs this season, Newcastle aside.

We have lost only two out of 16 games against those teams, and we trust the team will keep things tight at the back on Monday.

Antonio may be missed but Jarrod Bowen and Jesse Lingard are capable of producing match-winning moments so we expect the team to pick up three points.

In other West Ham news, West Ham want to sign £13m-rated star who’s unhappy at current club.

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