First Half Review
Mark Noble deservedly gave the Hammers the lead, as the side came on as the half progressed and wisely used Andy Carroll’s great aerial ability. The captain hit a poor penalty that was easily saved by Tom Heaton, but was fortunate to have the Burnley goalkeeper’s rebound fall right into his path for the simple tap in.
Deserved penalty, and Noble is denied and NOT denied, West Ham up 1-0 #WHUBUR— Brace The Hammer (@BraceTheHammer) December 14, 2016
Prior to that penalty, West Ham hit the post twice with quality efforts from the center midfield duo of Noble and Pedro Obiang. After a sluggish, uneven offensive start, Slaven Bilic will be pleased to see his side get more numbers into the box and quicken the tempo to produce those quality moments.
Can they hold? Find out in the match review right after full time.
With its difficult month long period now behind them, West Ham United return home Wednesday evening with full eagerness to defeat Burnley at the London Stadium.
Manager Slaven Bilic said before this fixture that the Hammers “need to beat Burnley and we need the points.” He is indeed correct, as Burnley are 12th in the Premier League table only due to their great form at home. In their six matches away from Turf Moor this season, the Clarets have only one scoreless draw to show for, although it came at the hands of Manchester United in Old Trafford.
Burnley have also never won at any London club in the Premier League, with a 0-10-2 record in their 12 PL matches in the capital.
Andy Carroll gets his first start in a long while, and Cheikhou Kouyate also returns to the first XI for Slaven Bilic. The injury list remains the same for the Hammers, with Simone Zaza, Diafra Sakho, Gokhan Tore and Sam Byram still out.
Meanwhile for Burnley, Sam Dyche only has Johann Berg Gudmundsson unavailable with a hamstring injury.
MATCH INFO, HOW TO WATCH ON TV, ONLINE
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 14, 7:45 London Time, 2:45 PM ET
Venue: London Stadium, London, England.
TV/Radio: NBC Sports Live Extra, on TV and online (America). The match will not be televised apparently in the UK.
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (America)