Date:Monday October 28 2013
Tuesday 29th October 2013
The Clarets face Premier League, West Ham on Tuesday night at Turf Moor in the Capital One Cup and victory will see them in the last eight of the competition.
High-flying Burnley, at the top of the Championship are in Capital One Cup action at Turf Moor on Tuesday night. They will be hoping to be in the quarter finals come the final whistle but they will first have to beat Premier League opposition to do so with West Ham the visitors on Tuesday night. In the Battle of the Claret and Blue, the proper Clarets will be looking to win their ninth consecutive game in all competitions. It certainly won`t be easy against Sam Allardyce`s men although the Hammers will not be relishing a game at Turf Moor either with Burnley in such splendid form. Just six places separate the two clubs if you straddle across both divisions. West Ham are currently sixth from bottom in the Premier League and are having a somewhat indifferent season. They are looking over their shoulder at the relegation places and at the moment are just one point clear of the drop zone. Their progress in the Capital One competition has been nothing to write home about either. They of course only entered the cup competition at the second round stage and so far have had two relatively easy games at home. League Two Cheltenham were despatched 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground in the second round game and then they faced Premier League new boys, Cardiff City in the third round. The Hammers were 2-0 up by the eighth minute but somehow managed to let the Bluebirds back into the game. Cardiff were able to draw even by the 76th minute but a goal from Vaz Te two minutes from time gave West Ham victory. This is certainly a winnable game for the Clarets with the team in such splendid form and hopefully we can finish up with a trilogy of wins against London clubs having already beaten QPR and Millwall coming up on Saturday.
Ross Wallace is recovering from surgery to fix a knee 'wear and tear` injury and is not expected to return until around Christmas. Scott Arfield picked up a thigh injury during training last Friday and missed the Championship game against QPR at Turf Moor on Saturday. News is awaited on his fitness with Keith Treacy standing by to deputise again. Dean Marney also had to be replaced by Edgar in the 84th minute in the victory over QPR after picking up a knock which could be a problem if he is declared unfit to play against the Hammers. His centre of midfield teammate, David Jones also picked up his fifth yellow against the Rs to earn himself an automatic one match ban. Sean Dyche therefore could face a midfield selection headache although Edgar and Stock are capable stand-ins in midfield if required.
Trippier is key to our success and could prove a handful down the flank for the West Ham back four. His trademark crosses and tight defensive qualities could give the Hammers a headache on Tuesday night.
Hammers striker, Ricardo Vaz Te dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Swansea. The 27-year-old suffered a similar injury last season and was out for almost three months. Another of their strikers, Andy Carroll is also still out with a heel injury but could be back in training within the next two weeks. It looks like Carlton Cole who replaced Vaz Te at Swansea could start against the Clarets on Tuesday night. Cole recently re-signed for the club earlier this month.
21 year old England Under 21 striker, Ravel Morrison is West Ham`s leading joint goal scorer this season along with the injured Vaz Te. Both have notched up four goals with Morrison scoring two goals so far in the Capital One Cup competition. The striker started his career at Old Trafford moving to West Ham in January 2012 for an undisclosed fee after accepting a three-and-a-half year deal. He also had a loan spell at Birmingham City for the whole of the 2012-13 season before returning to his parent club.
The midfield could be a headache selection for the gaffer depending on whether Marney is fit enough to play. Jones will miss out having picked up a fifth yellow on Saturday. We will I think certainly put out our strongest team but it is not clear yet if Arfield will be fit enough to play. Bearing in mind the uncertainties the eighteen could look something like this:
Heaton, Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Mee, Kightly, Marney (or Stock), Edgar, Arfield (or Treacy), Ings, Vokes
Subs: From-Cisak, Lafferty, Long, Stock, Marney (if fit), Stanislas, Treacy, Arfield (if fit), Noble
You just wonder though if Dyche might be tempted to play former West Ham winger Junior Stanislas Stanislas has been a key Capital One Cup performer for the Clarets despite failing to secure a regular starting eleven place. He would certainly be up for it against his former club and he could be favoured ahead of Kightly.
Robert Madley gets this one! The West Yorkshire, Premier League referee has been in charge of 8 games so far this season and has already sent 3 players off as well as showing 33 yellow cards (about 4 per game). Hopefully not a bad omen, but the last time this referee was in charge of a game involving the Clarets, it was also at home and also against a London club. That day almost a year ago back in November 2012 last season we lost 1-0 to Charlton and also had Trippier sent off!
We are in such sparkling form at the moment, we can win this one over the 90 minutes! Games against the Hammers generally produce goals so I will go for 3-2 to Burnley!
The Clarets are back on Championship duty on Saturday 2nd November when they travel down to South Bermondsey, London for a game against Millwall in the New Den. (Kick-Off: 3pm)
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