Preview: West Ham v Burnley

West Ham United will be targeting a return to winning ways when newly-promoted Burnley make the trip to London Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Hammers are perilously close to the dreaded drop zone after failing to record a win in their last six fixtures (three wins and three draws), and another defeat in midweek could see them drop into the bottom-three.

The Clarets, on the other hand, will be in good spirits after halting a run of three consecutive defeats as they clinched a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth last time out.

And, looking ahead to the clash, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic admitted that his side have to beat Burnley as they head into what promises to be a hectic festive period.

"We need to beat Burnley and we need the points. It has been a difficult schedule and we have been waiting for these home games," Bilic told reporters.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, meanwhile, has urged his players to focus on improving.

"We know we have to go down there and give an even better performance because we haven't got a win away from home yet," Dyche said. "We know we've got to correct it.

"But the longer it goes the worse it is for the opposition we're playing. They'll be thinking 'the statistics suggest they're going to win one at some point'.

"It probably adds more spice to their thinking than ours because ours is clear-minded: we've just got to do better."

In team news, Cheikhou Kouyate returns for the Hammers after recovering from the groin injury that ruled him out of the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the weekend.

However, striker Simone Zaza misses out again with a knee injury.

For Burnley, Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring) faces a late fitness test, but Dyche has no other injuries or suspensions to contend with.

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