Burnley - West Ham United Betting Preview: Hammers can frustrate high-flying Clarets

The hosts have won 10 of their last 11 matches and sit top of the Championship table but Willie Duncan expects Sean Dyche's side to struggle to break down the Hammers
West Ham United put in a typically stubborn away performance to earn a 0-0 draw against Swansea City at the weekend and the Hammers will need another strong performance on Tuesday night when they travel to take on Championship leaders Burnley in the Capital One Cup.

Sean Dyche’s side have been in imperious form of late, recording 10 wins in their last 11 matches in all competitions and the Clarets will be relishing the prospect of taking on Premier League opposition for a place in the last eight of the competition.

Burnley are chalked up at 13/8 (2.63) with bet365 to see off Sam Allardyce’s men when the two sides clash at Turf Moor while the visitors can be backed at 9/5 (2.80) with the same firm to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup. The draw is available at 5/2 (3.50) with bet365.

Sean Dyche’s side are unbeaten on home soil thus far this term and, indeed, have conceded just three goals in seven Championship fixtures at Turf Moor.

Burnley's latest home win came at the weekend, when they claimed an impressive 2-0 victory over Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers.

The Clarets have bagged an impressive 24 league goals thus far this term and they will pose a serious test for the Hammers on Tuesday.

Sam Allardyce’s side, though, have been solid on their travels this season, earning draws against Newcastle United, Southampton and Swansea City while the Hammers also enjoyed a superb 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

West Ham have conceded just one goal in five matches on the road thus far this term, while Sam Allardyce’s men have failed to net in four of their five away games so far and another tight encounter looks likely here.

Punters should note that three of West Ham's five away games this term have ended goalless and, should Tuesday's tussle finish 0-0, bet365 will refund all losing correct score, half-time/full-time and scorecast bets placed before kick-off.

The 19/20 (1.95) quote from bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored represents outstanding value here and should be backed accordingly while the 2/1 (3.0) on offer from the same firm for the first-half to remain goalless is also appealing.

Given that both sides boast an impressive defensive record thus far this term, the generous 19/20 (1.95) quote from bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored is the recommended play for punters here.

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter