STAR PREVIEW: West Ham United v Liverpool
Both West Ham and Liverpool are enjoying fine starts to the season and the pair could produce an exciting game at the London Stadium this afternoon. It’s been a wonderful campaign so far for West Ham, who are fourth – just two points behind Liverpool – and with just two defeats out of 16 games in all competition this season. A draw at Genk in midweek sealed qualification to the Europa League knockout stages, whilst they ended Manchester City’s domination of the League Cup with a penalty shootout win (having knocked out Manchester United).
In the league they’ve impressed with a versatile set of performances, putting four past Newcastle, Leicester and Aston Villa whilst grinding out wins against Leeds, Everton and Tottenham.
The outstanding Declan Rice has been at the heart of proceedings for the Hammers and he is ably support in midfield by Tomas Soucek and Pablo Fornals, whilst upfront Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrama have provided terrific attacking outlets to compliment the presence of Michail Antonio, whose six Premier League goals this season is bettered only by Jamie Vardy and Mo Salah.
West Ham United v Liverpool
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JAN 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-3 Liverpool
OCT 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-1 West Ham
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 2-0 Liverpool
FEB 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 3-2 West Ham
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 0-2 Liverpool
FEB 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-1 Liverpool
AUG 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 4-0 West Ham
FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 4-1 West Ham
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-4 Liverpool
MAY 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 0-4 Liverpool
DEC 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-2 West Ham
Liverpool, still unbeaten in all competitions this season, were deeply impressive in putting Atletico Madrid aside with ease to seal early qualification for the Champions League knockout stages, and given their incredible scoring rate this season, many will be tempted by quotes of 8/11.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have scored three or more in their last six Premier League away games, and only Preston have stopped Liverpool scoring three times in the last 10 away games, and that against a second-string side in the EFL Cup.
Mo Salah is arguably the world’s most in form forward right now, and with Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota (10 league goals between them) hitting form recently, Liverpool will fancy their chances of getting on the mark once again, even against a West Ham side that has been well organised defensively.
You can make a realistic case for each of the three match options – and as said previously, many will jump at the chance to back Liverpool at 8/11 – but opposing West Ham doesn’t make much appeal given that they’ve only lost twice, once when Mark Noble missed an injury time penalty whilst Brentford scored a 94th minute winner.
Backing goals could be the best option here, and the 5/4 about Over 3.5 goals could be worth chancing along with the 15/2 on both teams scoring in both halves. Liverpool have seen eight games with four goals or more, whilst West Ham have scored nine goals at the London Stadium this season in five home games.
PROFIT/LOSS (NOVEMBER 2021): LOSS -13.48 points
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