West Ham are expected to face one of their most-feared opponents when they meet Burnley in the Premier League this weekend.
The Hammers travel to Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon (12
December) aiming to build on their 3-2 win over Chelsea last weekend (4
Lining up upfront for Sean Dyche’s side is likely to be Chris Wood, who has an excellent scoring record against West Ham.
The New Zealand international has netted in seven of his
eight Premier League games versus the Hammers since he signed for Burnley for
£15m from Leeds United in 2017.
That is the most top flight goals Wood has scored against
any club in his career.
Of all currently active players, only Mohamed Salah (nine
goals in nine games) has a better goals per game ratio against West Ham in the
Wood has found the net in each of the Hammers’ last four visits to Turf Moor.
“Sometimes you have them teams where it just clicks, I’ll be hoping for another this weekend, the 30-year-old told Burnley’s official website.
“To keep that record going would be lovely, so hopefully
there is something there, but the most important thing on Sunday is putting on
a performance and getting the win.”
For West Ham, it is a daunting prospect to be facing Wood in
the first Premier League game of the season where neither Angelo Ogbonna or
Kurt Zouma are available.
It means that Issa Diop and Craig Dawson are likely to be
the centre-back pairing at Turf Moor, which will not fill supporters with confidence.
The Hammers have not kept a clean sheet in their last six
league outings and with Wood sniffing around on Sunday, that run may extend to
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