David Moyes says West Ham United are ready to take the game to Burnley when the pair meet on Sunday afternoon (2pm KO) – (Match Betting – Burnley 11/4, Draw 13/5, West Ham EVS).
The Hammers snapped a three-game winless run in the Premier with last Saturday’s 3-2 win over Chelsea and head to Turf Moor sat fourth in the table.
In contrast, Burnley lost 1-0 at Newcastle and find themselves deep in the relegation dogfight, having won just once in the league all season.
West Ham also won in east Lancashire last term, a Michail Antonio brace sealing a 2-1 victory but that was their first win at Burnley since the final day of 2016-17.
However, having been able to rotate for Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, Moyes’ big guns will be raring to go and the Scot sees no reason why his side shouldn’t look to demonstrate why they sit 17 points clear of their hosts.
“We have to consider the opposition but do we go in with any fear?” he said, via the club’s website. “No we don’t. We have a real feeling of confidence that we can perform and cause other teams problems as well.
“Turf Moor has never been an easy place to go an get a result. We played well there last year so I hope we can do so again this season.”
Tottenham’s current issues with illness mean their trip to Brighton has been postponed but there is another game at two o’clock, with Leicester City hosting Newcastle United (Match Betting – Leicester 4/5, Draw 3/1, Newcastle 10/3).
The Foxes endured more frustration on Thursday as they were knocked out of the Europa League in losing 3-2 at Napoli.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have won only once in the Premier League since October 24 to slip to 11th and face a newly resilient Newcastle, who scraped that first win under Eddie Howe last Saturday against the Clarets.
Meanwhile, in the late game at 16:30, Rafael Benitez has urged his Everton side to ensure they build on the momentum gained by Monday’s 2-1 win over Everton when they head to Crystal Palace (Match Betting – Crystal Palace 13/10 Draw 11/5, Everton 12/5).
The Toffees had been winless in eight before goals from Demarai Gray and Richarlison saw them edge the Gunners.
Palace’s fine start to the season looks to have abated, with Patrick Vieira’s men taking just a point from the last 12 available.
Benitez clearly fancies his side to get the win and says it could be a crucial fixture heading into the busy festive period.
“It is really important for us to get three points and keep the momentum,” said Benitez.
“We needed to win against Arsenal and the way we won was fantastic. The players gave everything until the last minute and the fans were behind the team all the way.
“It was so positive and I think everyone has had a boost. But we have to take this momentum and mentality and team spirit into the next game.”