Burnley will be ecstatic with their recent 4-0 demolition of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Clarets had suffered two consecutive defeats at the hands of Southampton and Newcastle United, having gone ahead in both matches. There was a danger of slipping back into the relegation dogfight but that emphatic victory at Molineux poured cold water on those worries.
It has been a struggle for West Ham United. Injuries have been piling up and their solid rum of form has been halted with back-to-back defeats against Newcastle and Chelsea. Their top-four push was always an ambitious aim but it was genuinely within touching distance for David Moyes’ men; that dream is slowly slipping away.
Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have been ruled out of this match, alongside the longer term absences of Michail Antonio and Declan Rice. Both Antonio and Rice could feature before the end of the season and Rice, in particular, will hope that he can boost his fitness ahead of the European Championships.
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brownhill, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Vydra, Wood.
West Ham United: Fabianski; Dawson, Diop, Ogbonna; Coufal, Soucek, Noble, Fredericks; Fornals; Bowen, Lingard.
Ones to Watch:
Chris Wood - Who else? The 29-year-old recorded his first Burnley hat-trick last weekend, taking him to 10 goals for the season. Wood is part of a small pool of players who have registered double-figure Premier League returns over the past four campaigns. An underrated performer.
Jesse Lingard - The on-loan Manchester United man scored twice against Burnley in 2017, to snatch his parent club a point after they fell 2-0 down to the Clarets at Old Trafford. His form since joining West Ham has been mesmeric and he will be hoping to keep those levels going, especially with the Euros in mind.
The reverse fixture was a comfortable 1-0 win for the Hammers, with Antonio capitalising on some dodgy defending in the early stages.
How to Watch
The game will be live on Sky Sports Main Event, kicking off on Monday at 20.15.
Sean Dyche on the new board: "The outgoing board were reality-bound by the truth of the club – the finances, wages, and all the rest of it.
"But on the other hand it's not always the most stimulating thing when all they're saying is, 'Just stay in the Premier League'.
"When I speak to Alan [Pace], it's about, 'Can we move that forward? And if we can, how?' So the mentality is just a bit beyond that."
"I don't go into a season thinking, 'Can we just stay up?' but I did after game seven, make no mistake.
"At game seven, the challenge has changed very quickly. We've got injuries everywhere, we've got two points after seven games so it's, 'OK, let's refocus the work to stay in the division'.
"But we've had seasons when we've got to the halfway point and we're in good shape, you look at what we can go on to rather than what we are running away from."
David Moyes on injuries: "[Declan Rice] is back training a little bit we are not sure exactly what level he is at, we have a few days before the game on Monday but he is making good progress and we are happy with what he is doing and I would say he is ahead of schedule. We are trying to keep pushing him on."
"[Michail Antionio] is working with the physios and on the grass. I wouldn’t rule him out yet [for Burnley] but I don’t want to rule him in either. Let’s hope that he’s got a chance."