Liverpool vs West Ham: Preview, Predictions, Expected Lineups And Betting Odds
After being humiliated and shocked in the last 15 minutes at the Dean Court by Eddie Howe’s side last weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool had a full week to get their form back ahead of this week’s home clash against West Ham United. They are currently 4 points off the top of the table and the manager decided to take the squad to a warm weather training and bonding session in Barcelona in the midweek ahead of this fixture. The Hammers are struggling early this season and have failed to find any kind of a consistency and are languishing at the 17th place, just a point off the relegation zone. West Ham have not been easy opponents traditionally and there will be nerves at Anfield after recent performances giving Hammers a small opportunity on the night. Here is the preview of this game along with the team news, expected lineups, predictions and betting odds:
The Premier League tie between Liverpool and West Ham United will be played on Sunday, the 10th of December at the Anfield in Liverpool. The kickoff is scheduled at 4:30 pm BST (10:00 pm IST).
Liverpool were given huge boost ahead of this game after it was revealed that star duo Joel Matip and Sadio Mane are both back in action after picking up niggles recently. Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino are also recently coming back from injury but are expected to start this game. Danny Ings and Phillipe Coutinho will still be missing while Daniel Sturridge is still sidelined.
Slaven Bilic will also welcome back star duo Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio for this game after both of them missed the last weekend against Arsenal at home. Sam Byram and Andy Carroll are also close to first team action and may be used while Cheikhou Kouyate (knock) and James Collins (hamstring) will undergo late fitness tests ahead of this game.
Karius; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Henderson, Can, Lallana; Mane, Firmino, Origi
West Ham United:
Randolph; Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna; Antonio, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell; Lanzini, Payet, Carroll
Divock Origi vs Winston Reid:
The Belgian youngster has not scored a goal in each of his last three games and is expected to trouble the Hammers on the night. However, he will be up against an in form Winston Reid who is showing some class recently after a poor start to the season. Surely, this is a battle that can light-up this game.
Andy Carroll vs Dejan Lovren:
The former Southampton defender was partly at fault for most of the chances created by Bournemouth last weekend and West Ham will know better to target him in their game at Anfield. Andy Carroll, with all his strength, will surely be on the shoulder of Lovren for most game and this battle can decide the outcome of the game.
Liverpool are undefeated in their last 14 home matches in the Premier League.
Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches in the Premier League.
West Ham have failed to win their last 5 matches in the Premier League.
The majority of Liverpool’s failures to win have come away from home though, and at home they are in possession of an almost perfect record.
They have won seven of their eight games and drawn once, scoring 23 goals and conceding five at the other end to give them one of the best home records in the league.
Liverpool’s fantastic combination of attacking players has been behind this success, and even with Phillipe Coutinho sidelined they have a wealth of talent at their disposal
Sadio Mane is likely to be the main threat on Sunday. The former Southampton man has shaken off a minor knock and is expected to start on Sunday, and with five of his seven league goals this season coming at Anfield.
West Ham are now winless in six matches in all competitions, and despite his success last season Slaven Bilic’s job is under real threat.
Away from home their form record looks even worse. They have lost seven of their ten games in all competitions and won just once. At the back they have conceded 21 times, which will be very promising news to the Liverpool attack.
West Ham have managed to score in all but one of their away games this season though, whilst Liverpool have only kept a clean sheet in three of their eight at Anfield.
West Ham: 19/2
The Hammers are in between one of their worst ever run of games and are low on confidence. And Anfield is not a place that will help in their current situation. However, they do not have much to lose and if they can silence the crowd early in the game, it may well help them take a point or all three from this game.
Our Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United
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