Mark Lawrenson lauds 'fabulous' Burnley and reveals West Ham score prediction
Burnley are back in Premier League action early next week, when they take on high-flying West Ham United at Turf Moor.
The Clarets will head into the game full of confidence following their 4-0 hammering of Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, while David Moyes' injury-hit Hammers suffered their second loss on the bounce as their Champions League qualification dream begins to fade.
In his weekly predictions piece for BBC Sport, pundit and broadcaster Mark Lawrenson turned his attention to Burnley's clash against West Ham, and backed Sean Dyche's side to claim a comfortable 2-0 win.
Justifying his prediction, the ex-Liverpool defender contended: “What a fabulous result Burnley got last weekend, beating Wolves 4-0. The Clarets were never going to get relegated but they needed a response after losing three in a row and it was typical of their manager Sean Dyche to deliver one like that.
“West Ham, meanwhile, are just starting to falter after losing their past two games. Without injured duo Declan Rice and Michail Antonio, I think they might struggle to get back on track at Turf Moor.
Meanwhile, Lawro's opponent for the week, Royal Blood drummer and Brighton fan Ben Thatcher, backed a 1-1 draw, and said: “I am a big fan of Dyche and I think he will get something here.”
When the two sides last faced each other, back in January, the Hammers emerged victorious from a fiercely-fought contest that was decided by Antonio's first-half goal, as they snatched a narrow 1-0 win over the Clarets.