In their stride, West Ham can capitalise on Burnley's damp squib - Merson

Burnley FC - Turf Moor

West Ham United are expected to handle Burnley test with ease, according to Sky Sports Premier League football analyst Paul Merson.

West Ham United's performance-levels this season are a contrast in nature to the underwhelming stretch that disappointed Hammers fans last year.

Under Sam Allardyce, with exciting new additions brought in over the summer, West Ham have been firing on all cylinders.

The Boleyn Ground side are handsomely placed seventh in the Premier League, a position that could have been even more advantageous had it not been for a tricky start to the season as West Ham have already competed against Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Despite that run, West Ham have still banked ten points from seven games - and two-time title winner Paul Merson, now an analyst with Sky Sports - tips the East Londoners to collect another three this weekend at Turf Moor against Burnley, who are yet to post a victory.

"I don’t see Burnley getting their first win here and I think they’re struggling, I really do," said Merson.

"They pulled up trees to get promotion last season, but now the two main players who got them up – Danny Ings and Sam Vokes – are injured and you have to feel sorry for them.

"I hope this season doesn’t turn into a damp squib, but it’s so hard with two centre-forwards injured."

Merson continued: "I think West Ham are in their stride at the moment, Diafra Sakho is scoring goals for fun and they are probably more of a threat in their away games these days because of the pace they have.

"I think West Ham will win," he concluded, before predicting a 3-1 score.

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