BBC pundit reacts to West Ham star Manuel Lanzini's return, predicts result against Burnley

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on as prepares for the start of the npower Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on May 7, 2011 in London, England.

West Ham United travel to take on Burnley in the Premier League this weekend.

A general view during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on September 10, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Burnley and West Ham United will play out a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor this weekend.

After the end of the international break, the Premier League is back this weekend, and Burnley will be looking to continue their fine start to the campaign.

Sean Dyche's men went into the international break off the back of a 1-0 win at Everton thanks to Jeff Hendrick's winning goal, meaning they have taken eight points from four away games at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton.

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United and Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley shake hands prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017...Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United and Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley

Dyche will now be looking for Burnley to convert that away form into home wins too, starting with this weekend's visit of West Ham United.

The Hammers also went into the international break with a win, after Diafra Sakho's injury time winner gave Slaven Bilic a much-needed three points against Swansea City.

Bilic remains under pressure after four defeats in the first seven Premier League games, with the Croatian now chasing a first away win of the season when he takes his side to Lancashire on Saturday.

Ahead of the game, pundit Mark Lawrenson has offered his view to BBC Sport, suggesting that the pressure and speculation surrounding Bilic isn't helping West Ham, but the return of star playmaker Manuel Lanzini should see them rise up the table.

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on as prepares for the start of the npower Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on May 7, 2011 in London, England.

Lawrenson added that Burnley have had impressive results but seem to prefer playing away from home, meaning he is predicting a 1-1 draw between the two sides this weekend.

“Both of these teams won their last game before the international break, although West Ham left it late to beat Swansea,” said Lawrenson. “Yes, they should be higher up the table with the players they have got, but I think that will happen now the likes of Manuel Lanzini are returning to fitness. The constant speculation over Slaven Bilic's future as Hammers boss is completely unhelpful, although at least that win over the Swans has stopped any talk that he would get sacked for a while.”

“Burnley, who won at Everton, have had some impressive results on the road this season but the only team they have beaten at Turf Moor are Crystal Palace. It feels like playing away suits the Clarets more at the moment - they like the opposition to come on to them, so they can react to that. Yes, they have got some good players but the key thing is they work very hard, and they find it more difficult when they have to set the tempo of the game. That's why I think this one will end up in a draw, and I don't think either side would be too unhappy with that,” he added.

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