Hart gets WC lifeline with West Ham start

Pitch invader confronts James Collins. Image PA

There are no fewer than 12 or 13 teams now fighting to preserve their Premier League status, with nine points separating 9th placed Watford from the drop zone, with only West Bromwich Albion starting to get cut adrift.

He joins Sam Byram who is also out for the rest of the campaign with an ankle issue. Manuel Lanzini will look to create for Marko Arnautovic.

"There's going to be more pressure on them than there is on most of those teams at the bottom because there's newly promoted teams and there's teams that aren't seen as (being) as good as West Ham".

Barnes could be joined by the returning Chris Wood in attack for the visitors.

West Ham face a six-pointer against Burnley today before another huge clash against fellow strugglers Southampton next time out.

Extra police presence arrives. Image PA
Extra police presence arrives. Image PA

Former West Ham great Trevor Brooking was left nearly alone in the directors' box. As the man-of-the-match against the Toffees, Lennon has rekindled his form at Burnley and will be a handful again this weekend with pace to burn against the slowing wing-backs.

Lee Mason is not a regular on the Premier League list - this is his first match in four weeks - but he has the lowest card count, with no more than two yellows in eight of his 13 games this season. A £30,000 fine was handed to the club for breaching the anti-doping rules laid down to all clubs in the league.

The first pitch invasion came moments after Ashley Barnes gave Burnley the lead in the 66th minute. The Kiwi scored the victor against Everton last weekend and contributed a late equaliser against the Hammers earlier in the season.

And Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham, who previously felt West Ham would comfortably avoid the drop, has explained why they are now at a distinct disadvantage to their rivals.

West Ham are unbeaten in the 5 matches they've played at home during this calendar year, however, there is a distinct lack of confidence in their dressing room. The Hammers will be back at home this weekend as they take on Burnley in a must-win game for the home team. We've got to find winning ways, we need to do it quickly.

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