West Ham welcome Burnley to the London Stadium on Saturday as David Moyes and his men go in search of a win that could move them up the Premier League table.

Last time out, the Irons beat Everton 1-0 and now sit in 10th place with 26 points, level with Aston Villa and Chelsea but below them on goal difference.

In order to get a victory against Burnley this weekend, Moyes will have to make a special plan to deal with Sean Dyche’s most dangerous player Chris Wood.

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Wood, 29, has scored three goals in 16 Premier League appearances for the struggling Lancashire outfit, who have only managed to find the back of the net nine times this season in the top-flight.

The New Zealand international has scored his goals against Leicester, Crystal Palace and Wolves and they are teams who know how to set themselves up defensively so keeping Wood at bay on Saturday could prove tough for the Hammers defence.

However, with Angelo Ogbonna in superb form at the back, we see him as the perfect player to suffocate the supply to Wood.

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You can see from the upcoming images how Wood is able to use his strength in the penalty area to bully opposition defenders.

Here, you can see that Wood is inside the penalty area as Charlie Taylor gets ready to play a cross in from deep on the left.

Wood is very closely marked by Leicester left-back James Justin but Wood manages to outjump him and win the aerial duel.

Wood ends up chesting the ball down, forces Justin away from him and opens up to get a shot off at goal, which manages to find the back of the net.

West Ham cannot afford to have their defenders bullied in the same way on Saturday so that will mean that Aaron Cresswell and Vladimir Coufal need to avoid being left to mark Wood.

According to stats by Wyscout, Wood has been involved in 150 aerial duels this season which is the fourth-most in the Premier League.

Tomas Soucek comes in at joint-15th for aerial duels inside his own penalty area [15]. He’s seventh for success rate in his own box [81.25%] and Ogbonna ranks 24th with a 61.54 per cent success rate.

If Wood is picked up by one of Ogbonna or Soucek then the Irons should be able to cope with the Kiwi target man.

They won’t be outmuscled in the way that Justin found himself for Leicester earlier this season so ensuring that he’s man-marked is a must if the Irons want to keep him quiet on Saturday.

In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie has predicted the score for Saturday’s game.


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