Simply put, this game is massive for the home side. West Ham’s season has been a disaster so far, with the glorious highs of 2015/16 having been replaced with worrying lows this term. Indeed, the Hammers are now looking over their shoulders anxiously at the relegation zone, with only their creditable draw at Liverpool keeping them from being on level points with Swansea and Hull in 18th and 19th place respectively.
At the risk of being overdramatic, this fixture could define the Irons’ season, with the pressure on Slaven Bilic likely to grow to a whole new level should they lose.
Burnley are only four points better off than West Ham, but the Clarets’ campaign has been far more positive. Indeed, the Turf Moor side have shown great form at home beating the likes of Liverpool and Everton, which has given them the foundation to make a real push to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
2️⃣️ changes from Slaven…
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 14, 2016
BURNLEY: Heaton, Ward, Mee, Keane, Lowton, Arfield, Marney, Hendrick, Boyd, Vokes, Gray.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 14, 2016
West Ham make two changes for this one as Andy Carroll and Cheikhou Kouyate come in whilst Burnley go with an attacking formation with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray up top.