STAR PREVIEW: West Ham v Liverpool

Attention was on the Super Bowl last night but now the game is over, the sporting focus is likely to return straight to London where Liverpool have the chance to extend their title lead over Manchester City to five points. The league leaders missed a big chance to strike what could have been a hammer blow when they drew 1-1 with Leicester after Newcastle beat City 2-1 and this could be another tricky encounter for them as they face West Ham.

Since their 2-1 loss at Manchester City the Reds have just lost a slight edge from their performances, although they have at least taken seven points from their last three games and some might say that this is the right time to Face West Ham.

Their recent defeats against Wimbledon (4-2) and Wolves (3-0) do not inspire confidence in their hopes for tonight and they will simply struggle more if they are not able to call upon Marko Arnautovic, who was with withdrawn with a foot injury before their 3-0 defeat against Wolves.

Liverpool will be frustrated with their draw against Leicester but they still had more shots, corners and shots on target suggesting that they have not undergone a seismic regression in that one game.

Goals might be the way to go here. Mohamed Salah was kept quiet by Ben Chilwell in midweek but Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were brimming with energy whenever Liverpool moved forward whilst West Ham have been struggling of late, they also have the players to make an impact.

West Ham v Liverpool
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
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
FEB 2016 FA CUP West Ham 2-1 Liverpool
JAN 2016 FA CUP Liverpool 0-0 West Ham
JAN 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 2-0 Liverpool
AUG 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 0-3 West Ham
JAN 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 West Ham

In any case, West Ham will need to defend a great deal better than they did against Wolves, when Raul Jiménez scored twice in what was a dominant performance at Molineux, and even if Arnautovic does not fire, the Hammers have Felipe Anderson as a player who can still do some damage, whilst Liverpool, beset by defensive injuries, have conceded in five of their last six games.

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