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45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: BURNLEY 1-2 WEST HAM

45′ There will be two added minutes at Turf Moor.

44′ Sean Dyche continues to bark orders on the sidelines. David Moyes is more sedate, but no less intent as the two sides become locked in a midfield tussle.

42′ There likely won’t be too many added minutes in this contest – which might suit West Ham more than anyone else, as Burnley are starting to find their feet somewhat. A comeback before half-time isn’t implausible.

40′ Credit to Burnley, they remain firmly in this contest, though the sense that their penalty drove West Ham to their own breakthrough certainly lingers. Lowton tries to bring back a ball for Wood wide on the right but can’t reach it before it rolls out of play.

38′ Antonio also only needs three more goals to become the Hammers’ top Premier League scorer. He currently trails Mark Noble and Paolo Di Canio.

36′ Only Tim Cahill (56), Chicharito (53) and Gabriel Jesus (49) have scored more PL goals with 100% coming from inside the box than West Ham’s Michail Antonio (45). Now that is a stat.

34′ What a chance for Vydra – and what a piece of defence from Dawson! The Burnley attacker has a break against the tide into the Hammers box, turns around and pulls Fabianski off his line before chipping him – but the defender is there to head it off the unmarked line and away from the empty net.

32′ Antonio! It was almost the first-half hat-trick for the striker, so close to tapping in another lovely Benrahma ball which itself brushed the outside of the far post.

30′ This isn’t an absolute 180 – Burnley’s goal came against the run of play – but it is certainly a remarkable passage for West Ham. Sean Dyche, unlike his opposite number, will not be happy.

29′ Two West Ham goals, two lovely balls for the assist. Benrahma could be dining out on that delivery for a while.

29′ GOAL! MICHAIL ANTONIO BAGS A SECOND FOR WEST HAM! 2-1! It’s off the foot of the striker, the slightest of touches as he runs towards the goal to meet a cross from Benrahma. He almost doesn’t expect it – two Burnley plays miss with diving headers to clear – and he rustles it past Pope. The Hammers hit the front!

28′ It’s steady as a rock at the back for the visitors. David Moyes will be happy with that.

27′ Burnley have the first corner of the game. This will be an early test of West Ham’s set-piece defence, something they have been exploited from this season.

25′ Both goals have given this game an absolute jolt of excitement though, which isn’t always the case when these two pit wits. Let’s hope it can be maintained over the next hour and a bit.

23′ There were just 154 seconds between Chris Wood’s opener for Burnley and Michail Antonio’s equaliser for West Ham. Speedy doesn’t even cover it.

21′ Jesse Lingard is the man who pushes the ball back for Coufal but it is a gorgeously weighted cross in the end. Fine work from West Ham to get back into this contest so quickly.

21′ GOAL! MICHAIL ANTONIO IMMEDIATELY LEVELS FOR WEST HAM! 1-1! Burnley will be furious with the switch-off at the back there. The striker is allowed to roam free into the box, left relatively unmarked, and he rises above everyone to glance a fine header past Nick Pope, who gets his angles wrong, from a Coufal cross. We’re back on equal footing.

21′ Add another one to Wood’s tally then. He’s racking them up at a fair old pace against the Hammers. The visitors pile on the pressure in response…

19′ GOAL! CHRIS WOOD CONVERTS FROM THE PENALTY SPOT FOR BURNLEY! 1-0! It’s a rocket of a shot, buried in at the bottom of the left post. Fabianski goes the right way but he doesn’t get enough of a touch to stop it. First blood to Burnley.

17′ Burnley have a penalty! Almost out of nothing, a long ball for Chris Wood is controlled superbly by the attacker and as he cuts back inside, Tomas Soucek catches him with a lunge. The Clarets man will take…

16′ Burnley’s Chris Wood has scored more Premier League goals against West Ham than he has versus any other side in the competition (6 goals in 7 games), netting in all three of his appearances against the Hammers at Turf Moor in the competition.

14′ Lingard can’t retrieve a neat one-two move run down the right flank of the box and Burnley get a goal-kick. The early signs suggest the wind is blowing for West Ham though.

12′ Lanzini! That is not far away at all from the Hammers man. An Antonio play is defused but not cleared inside the box and the ball springs back to the attacker, whose dipped lob shot brushes the roof of the net.

10′ Half-chances present themselves at either end in the space of a minute now, but both are more there to give both goalkeepers an early chance to stretch their muscles more than anything else.

8′ Sean Dyche, sporting a lengthy tie, in contrast to his opposite number’s sleek hoodie, is already up and marching around the dugout area. His side aren’t look poor so far, but West Ham are making concerning purchase on the wings.

6′ Antonio pulls the trigger on the first attempt of the game and he’ll almost wish he hadn’t. That one was so wide, even the boat that blocked the Suez Canal wouldn’t have got stuck between it and the post.

4′ But Burnley – who as the home side have the distinctive colour strip associated with both sides today – won’t roll over and lay down for them. Mathematically, they are still not safe – and a win here would be a major psychological boost for them.

3′ There’s a lot on the line for the visitors tonight. Before their last two games, they looked to be on course for what would have been a remarkable top-four finish. Europe is still within their grasp – and that is no mean feat either – but they need to reverse their slump.

1′ We are underway in this Premier League clash between Burnley and West Ham!

The teams have emerged at Turf Moor and we are only moments away from kick-off.

West Ham meanwhile come into this game having lost consecutive league games for the first time since their opening two of the season. They last lost three in a row in June 2020.

Burnley are winless in their last seven Premier League home games (D5 L2), their longest run without a top-flight victory at Turf Moor since a run of eight between December 1970 and March 1971.

Subs: Darren Randolph, Fabian Balbuena, Conor Coventry, Frederik Alves, Ademipo Odubeko, Jarrod Bowen, Ryan Fredericks, Nathan Trott, Ben Johnson.

WEST HAM (3-4-3): Lukasz Fabianski; Issa Diop, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell; Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma; Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini, Jesse Lingard.

Subs: Jimmy Dunne, Dale Stephens, Jay Rodriguez, Will Norris, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Phil Bardsley, Johann Gudmundsson, Ashley Barnes, Erik Pieters.

BURNLEY (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor; Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil; Matej Vydra, Chris Wood.

The hosts are unchanged from that side that ran riot against Wolves, but there’s five changes to the Hammers side beat by Chelsea – with Aaron Cresswell’s return the surprise inclusion from his manager.

If anything, pundits would have backed them to be in a scrap in the lower half of the table – which is just where Burnley have found themselves. But Sean Dyche hasn’t made the Clarets top-flight mainstays by throwing in the towel easily – and a win here would bolster their likely survival further.

If you’d told Hammers fans that they would be on the cusp of Europe’s biggest club competition at the start of the season, you’d have got a few raised eyebrows. But that is exactly where David Moyes’ side find themselves. The odds are against them – but victory today keeps them in the mix.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 Premier League season, as West Ham look to keep in the hunt for a top four finish – and Champions League football – against Burnley at Turf Moor.



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