Carroll v tough defence among 3 key battles in Burnley v West Ham

West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (L) greets West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic as he comes onto the pitch during the English Premier League football match...

The three key battles to look out for during the Premier League clash between Burnley and West Ham.

Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley reacts during the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool, England.Sean Dyche, manager of Burnley, reacts during the Premier League match against Everton.

Premier League action returns this weekend after the international break and there is an interesting fixture taking place at Turf Moor as high-flying Burnley take on struggling West Ham United.

In away matches the Clarets have already bettered their entire points tally of five from 2016/17 with seven this time around, but at home they have actually been indifferent, while the Hammers have won just one of four games on the road.

So here are three key battles from an intriguing fixture.

West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (L) greets West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic as he comes onto the pitch during the English Premier League football match...West Ham United's Andy Carroll (L) greets manager Slaven Bilic as he comes onto the pitch.

Andy Carroll v strong defence

The great success of an organised Sean Dyche side has been their back line, with their five league goals conceded to date only bettered by top two Manchester City and Manchester United.

Carroll, meanwhile, is yet to truly show his best form since returning from his latest injury setback but will enjoy a potential physical battle with the impressive James Tarkowski and Ben Mee.

Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Carabao Cup Third Round match against Leeds United.

Chris Wood v leaky defence

At the other end Wood will fancy his chances against a defence that has let in the second most in England's top tier in 2017/18 with 13 - only bottom-placed Crystal Palace have conceded more.

The New Zealand international has two goals in five appearances since his summer switch from Leeds United and will view this as a good opportunity to build on that.

Right wingers take on left-backs

Elsewhere there are some interesting match-ups down each of the team's right flank - with the hosts having Robbie Brady and West Ham having Michail Antonio.

Brady is probably the most technically gifted player at Dyche's disposal and Aaron Cresswell will need to try and suppress that, while Stephen Ward's pace - or lack of it - could well be tested by a marauding Antonio.

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