Burnley make the trip to East London looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

It will be as you were for the Clarets with long-term absentees Chris McCann, Jay Rodriguez and Martin Paterson the only unavailable players. It will be the fifth straight game that Burnley boss Owen Coyle will have picked the same starting eleven.

In contrast Gianfranco Zola will have to shuffle his pack with captain Matthew Upson set to miss out with a hamstring strain. Danny Gabiddon will deputise for the England international. Another England international, Kieron Dyer, could return to make only his fifth start for the club after scoring twice in a reserves game in midweek.

But Zola will be without Alessando Diamanti who has a hip problem and James Tomkins’ groin might also keep him out. Long-term Hammers absentees include Luis Boa Morte, Calum Davenport and Dean Ashton, who is rumoured to be close to announcing his retirement from the game due to his persistent injury woes.

Mark Noble will make his 100th league appearance for the club while Burnley’s Graham Alexander is looking for his 100th career goal. Wade Elliott will make his 400th league appearance.

West Ham’s danger man is undoubtedly Carlton Cole, who is rumoured to be interesting Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window. Cole’s pace and power will be something Clarke Carlisle will have a tough day defending against, while in midfield West Ham have workmanlike players like Scott Parker and Jack Collison who will all make it difficult for the Burnley men.

With Diamanti missing Zola may choose to match Burnley’s 4-5-1 and leave Cole alone up front, with Guillermo Franco his only other available senior striker. Julien Faubert and Valon Behrami makes the Hammers’ right flank their best outlet for attacking and Burnley’s Robbie Blake will have to help out Stephen Jordan in defence often.

West Ham sit just outside the relegation zone having only won once since the opening day of the season. Scoring goals hasn’t been too much of a problem for Zola’s men but hanging on to leads has, with two goal leads twice squandered in their last three matches. Upson’s absence is likely to spring another leak in an already holey defence, behind which England hopeful Rob Green has been unimpressive for much of the season.

Burnley travel to London with renewed hope having held Manchester City in their last trip away from Turf Moor to collect their first point. And they will fancy their chances against a team with the second worst home record in the Premier League this season.

If Burnley can marshal Cole well and keep him quiet, while matching the intensity of their first half performance against Aston Villa, they have every chance of extending that unbeaten run to four games. But the Clarets would be satisfied with another draw and that is probably the most likely result.

Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Burnley

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