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Burnley v West Ham United

28th December 2018, 18:32 by James Mason

West Ham United continue their push for a Europa League spot when they make the trip to Burnley on Sunday.

After a disappointing start to their Premier League campaign, the Hammers have started to click over the past couple of months and they picked up their eighth win of the season last time out with a 2-1 victory at Southampton.

West Ham have won five of their last six league matches - a 2-0 loss to Watford at the London Stadium the only blemish in that impressive run - and they are right in contention for a top-six finish.

Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful Argentine right-back Pablo Zabaleta, who has been struggling with illness, will be available for selection on Sunday whilst the club will monitor the fitness of both Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic.

Burnley are facing a huge battle to avoid dropping down to the Championship and they go into the clash at Turf Moor on the back of a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Marco Silva's Everton.

The Clarets have lost their last three matches and they have already conceded a massive 41 goals in the league this season, two more than they shipped in total last term.

Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are both doubts for the home clash due to unspecified knocks, whilst winger Aaron Lennon is still working his way back to full fitness and will play no part this weekend.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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