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There has been plenty of entertainment on offer in recent West Ham United games as they have posed a huge attacking threat, but defensively there is a vulnerability that has been exploited by teams. More evidence of that was on display on Monday evening in West Ham United's 1-2 win at Burnley and David Moyes is willing to take the risks of putting plenty of attacking players on the field to make sure his team are on the front foot.
The manager won't want to take unnecessary risks, but there is a feeling that West Ham United are better off taking the approach of out-scoring opponents rather than trying to keep the backdoor shut. West Ham United have not only failed to keep a clean sheet in 7 games, but they have conceded at least twice in 5 of those but have still managed to earn plenty of points thanks to the attacking displays they have put together.
Michail Antonio is a big positive for West Ham United and he showed how important he can be for them down the stretch with two goals at Turf Moor.
He will be a key figure here as West Ham United look to take the game to an Everton team that have been much more disciplined away from home than they have been at Goodison Park. In fact, Everton have conceded 12 goals fewer on their travels than they have at home and this is a team that can be very dangerous on their day as shown with 5 wins from their last 7 away Premier League games.
Everton should be able to pose some problems for West Ham United, with or without James Rodriguez, but they have struggled defensively in recent weeks. Michael Keane could be available for selection, but I expect Everton to be tested by the pace and quality West Ham United produce and the feeling is that this could be a pretty entertaining game.
My lean is that West Ham United may nick the points, but it should be an attacking game right until the final whistle with the importance of the game lost on neither manager. Historically it is a fixture between two clubs that can produce fireworks and it would be no surprise if there are at least three goals shared out on Sunday.
If results go against Fulham this weekend they could be relegated on Monday evening, but avoiding defeat will mean they live to fight another weekend.
However, it does feel like relegation is inevitable now after the poor run since beating Liverpool at Anfield and the big problem for Fulham has been the lack of goals. They might have more joy against this Burnley team, but Fulham have not been short of chances and it has been the lack of a clinical striker that has ultimately seen them return to the Premier League for a sole season.
Scoring goals has not been a major problem for Burnley over the last month, although they will be sweating on the fitness of Chris Wood. The New Zealander has been bang in form and could be the difference maker on the day with Burnley looking like they can create chances against this Fulham team who have to be struggling for confidence.
Burnley have shown they have found a consistent way to create chances and I do think all the pressure is on the hosts. If Fulham begin to chase, Burnley could hurt them on the counter attack and I think they are a surprising underdog in this one.
We might get one final stand from Fulham, but they are hard to trust to win games when they have struggled as much as they have in front of goal. Clean sheets have not been easy to find either and Burnley may just have enough to avoid defeat and virtually secure Premier League Football for another season.