Bill Edgar: Hammers failing to hit the high notes at London Stadium
The Times Journalist Bill Edgar takes a good look at the Premier League's two Claret and Blue sides ahead of their Saturday battle at the London Stadium...
"West Ham finished their time at Upton Park with a flourish in 2015-16 but since then have lost more games than they have won at their new home."
Clarets' leaky defence
Burnley's reputation for keeping a tight defence was eroded further in the 4-0 defeat by Chelsea on Sunday, which followed a 5-0 loss to Manchester City the previous weekend. Sean Dyche's team have shipped goals at a much faster rate in 2018 than last year, and must stem the flow quickly if they are to avoid the threat of relegation. Burnley are 7/2 to keep a rare clean sheet away to West Ham United on Saturday.
Hammers' home heartache
Having lost three of their opening five home games in the Premier League this season, West Ham United are still coming to terms with playing at the London Stadium - Bournemouth, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur have all gained maximum points there.
West Ham finished their time at Upton Park with a flourish in 2015-16 but since then have lost more games than they have won at their new home. Manuel Pellegrini's side are [1.84] on the Betfair Exchange to achieve victory over out-of-form Burnley at the weekend.
PSV's perfect ten
PSV Eindhoven opted for the familiar when making a managerial appointment in the summer, replacing a former PSV, Barcelona and Holland midfielder with...a former PSV, Barcelona and Holland midfielder. Suitably enough, Mark van Bommel is gaining similar results to Philip Cocu, his predecessor. Last season Cocu's PSV shot out of the blocks, winning 13 of their opening 14 Dutch league matches en route to the title, and this term Van Bommel's version have won all ten so far.
In fact PSV have been mightily strong over the past three years or so, as the chart shows. Having scored 38 goals and conceded just four this season, PSV will be confident of victory at home to Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday as Betfair Exchange odds of [1.31] imply, and of retaining their league crown at odds of [1.85].