Aidan Perkins' best bets for West Ham's trip to Turf Moor include a win for the Hammers with a midfielder getting on the scoresheet.
Burnley must start to improve soon if they are to avoid a swift return to the Championship – but more misery could await the Clarets when West Ham visit Turf Moor on Saturday.
Vincent Kompany’s hosts have lost all six of their home league games this season, although five of those defeats have been at the hands of the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Tottenham.
Burnley v West Ham best bets
More home pain for Kompany
Burnley are bottom of the Premier League and have picked up just four points from their first 12 games since promotion.
The Clarets were tipped to be much more competitive in the top flight following their procession to the Championship title last term but things have got off to a dreadful start.
Ten defeats in 12 games tells its own story, with a win over Luton and a draw at Nottingham Forest the only positives for Kompany to cling on to.
And they have every reason to be fearful of a Hammers side who are in the top half of the table and have won three of their last five matches in all competitions.
Burnley’s dismal home record can be forgiven slightly because they have welcomed some of the Premier League’s leading lights to Turf Moor already this season, but the visiting Hammers will be in no mood to show any mercy.
The Irons endured a difficult start to the campaign themselves and, while they remain inconsistent, Saturday’s trip to Lancashire should not hold too many fears.
In-form Soucek has an eye for goal
Tomas Soucek has been a reliable goalscorer for West Ham since he joined in January 2020, notching an impressive 27 goals in 172 appearances despite usually operating in midfield.
The Czech ace has already bagged three league goals this term and represents good value at 100/30 to find the net at Turf Moor.
Soucek picked up a facial injury in Czech Republic’s 1-1 draw with Poland last week – when he scored the equaliser – but he was passed fit to start Monday’s game against Moldova and helped his side win 3-0 to book their place at Euro 2024.
Soucek was again among the goalscorers in Olomouc so returns to club duty in fine goalscoring form.
Clarets must be wary of Ward-Prowse
Set-piece king James Ward-Prowse looks decent value at 5/4 to have at least one shot on target against Burnley.
The midfielder has caught the eye since his summer move from relegated Southampton and he will fancy his chances of doing some damage in the final third against a Burnley side who have conceded 30 goals this term.
The 29-year-old had three attempts in the Hammers’ 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest before the international break, and even though none were on target, it shows his confidence is high.
Ward-Prowse registered a shot on target in West Ham’s 1-0 win over Olympiakos prior to the win over Forest and his free-kick prowess is arguably unmatched in the top flight, so the England international is always worth considering in the shots-on-target market.