In form Burnley will provide a test for West Ham

The Hammers go into Saturday’s game against Burnley looking for a third win in a week

Upton Park has not been a happy hunting ground for Burnley in the last couple of seasons.

In fact, it would be fair to say that it has been something of a nightmare visit for them as they have conceded five goals on their last two visits.

Carlton Cole may well be relishing the Clarets’ arrival tomorrow. The big striker scored two goals against them in the FA Cup last term in a 5-1 thumping, while the previous campaign saw him score again as Burnley were thrashed 5-3 — trailing 5-0 at one stage.

However, Burnley’s away form this season under young boss Eddie Howe has been better than their record at Turf Moor.

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They have won four games on their travels, beating Derby 2-1, Millwall 1-0, Coventry 2-0 and achieving a remarkable comeback to win 3-2 against Hull City last weekend.

They were 2-0 down at the KC Stadium with just 12 minutes to go when an almighty fightback saw two goals from centre half David Edgar and an injury-time winner from Jay Rodriguez gave them all three points.

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Rodriguez seems to be the man in form for Burnley this season. He has notched 11 goals so far and, although five of those have come in the Carling Cup, he will still be the one to watch.

There may well be familiar faces in the opposition ranks.

Former Bournemouth boss Howe swooped for West Ham youngsters Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas during the summer and, although neither have set the world alight in Lancashire so far, they will both be keen to prove a point to Sam Allardyce and his coaching team.

Stanislas was substituted at half-time at Hull, but will be hoping to retain his place in the starting line-up, though Wales international striker Sam Vokes — on loan from Wolves — is waiting in the wings for a chance.

Burnley moved up to 14th place in the Championship table after their 4-0 home win over Ipswich on Tuesday, as Vokes, Rodriguez and captain Chris McCann, with a brace, all struck.

It seems they are likely to pose a test, but it is one West Ham should pass.

Possible team: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee, McCann, Treacy, Bartley, Vokes, Stanislas, Rodriguez.

Prediction: West Ham 2 Burnley 1

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