West Ham United vs Liverpool Predictions
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- Both teams have scored in five of the last seven meetings between West Ham and Liverpool.
- Liverpool have won seven of their last eight encounters with West Ham.
- Both teams have notched in seven of West Ham’s last 11 top flight tests.
- Both teams have scored in six of Liverpool’s last nine Premier League away assignments.
Acid test for West Ham
West Ham are trying to upset the established order in the Premier League this season, and the high-flying Hammers look capable of giving champions Liverpool are real run for their money in London on Sunday.
A four game winning surge saw West Ham briefly move into the top four last week, before their weekend opponents Liverpool replace them following the Reds’ superb 3-1 win at Tottenham on Thursday.
David Moyes’s in-form Irons have only been beaten twice in 13 Premier League assignments since early November however, and with Tomas Soucek’s aerial prowess, Declan Rice’s bite in midfield and Michail Antionio’s pace up top, they can cause Liverpool a headache or two in the capital.
Liverpool reminded their Premier League counterparts and challengers just how formidable an outfit they can be in midweek, when the Reds ragdolled a strong Spurs side on Thursday.
Goals from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane allowed the reigning champions to stamp their authority on their hosts, and Liverpool’s dominant display felt like statement of intent and a return to their ominous best.
Goals at both ends in London
Injuries pre-game to Fabinho and in-game to Joel Matip took the edge off Liverpool’s high spirits in mid-week, and with options already thin on the ground, Jurgen Klopp could be forced to pair Nat Phillips and Jordan Henderson at centre-half on Sunday.
That unlikely duo performed admirably for 45 minutes against Spurs on Thursday, though their reunion from the first whistle at West Ham should inspire the confident hosts to attack the Reds’ rearguard more than they might have.
It should prove tough for Liverpool to keep a clean sheet with their makeshift centre on Sunday, but with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah playing their way into form, the champions have the firepower to outgun just about anyone.
It makes sense then to back both teams to score at the London Stadium, but with Liverpool’s superior class at the top end a factor, taking a 2-1 correct score prediction in favour of the reinvigorated Merseysiders is advised.
Liverpool – who have won seven of their last eight meetings with West Ham- scored twice en route to victory over the Hammers in two of the clubs last three skirmishes, and another brace on Sunday from Jurgen Klopp’s charges should see them over the line.
West Ham injuries and team news
West Ham are close to completing the loan signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United and hope to have him in the squad to face the champions.
Arthur Masuaku is the Irons only confirmed injury absentee and David Moyes is expected to name the same settled XI that won at Palace in midweek.
Liverpool injuries and team news
Naby Keita, Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota and Joe Gomez are all long-term absentees for Liverpool, while there are also doubts over the fitness of Joel Matip and Fabinho.
Jordan Henderson could be paired in defence with Nat Phillips as a result. Elsewhere, James Milner is unlikely to play his third game in a week, and Curtis Jones could start ahead of the veteran midfielder.