Mark Lawrenson reveals fears over Burnley's squad depth and makes West Ham scoreline prediction
Burnley will look to keep their dreams of European football alive this evening, when they travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United.
Last weekend, the Clarets drew 1-1 with Sheffield United in a fiercely-fought contest at Turf Moor, and will hope to continue their solid run of form with a positive result against David Moyes' relegation-threatened side.
Writing his midweek predictions piece for Sky Sports, Mark Lawrenson has backed West Ham to secure a 2-0 win.
Revealing the key reasons behind his choice, the former Liverpool man said: "Burnley have been hit hard by more injuries, with defender Ben Mee (thigh) and midfielder Jack Cork (ankle) potentially out for the rest of the season.
“The Clarets have not got much depth to their squad right now, for various reasons, and I think West Ham will move a little closer to safety with a win here.”
Lawro concluded: "I always thought the Hammers' players were too good to be where they are in the table. It looks like they have managed to find the right formula at the right time."
The last time the two sides met back in November, Sean Dyche's side thrashed their east London opponents, with goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood giving the Clarets a first-half lead, before an own-goal from Ricardo Jiminez secured a 3-0 Burnely win.
In recent history, the Clarets have a decent record against the Hammers, winning three of their last five matches.