West Ham United have blown hot and cold for most of the season. At present their form isn’t just cold, it’s freezing. Three games in a row have been lost and now they have to face the Premier League leaders Liverpool. The visitors have an incredible record against the opponents as you will soon read. They can’t afford to drop any points here after their home draw with Leicester City in midweek.
Liverpool are still top of the Premier League but just how many points their lead will be depends on Sunday’s action. A win for Manchester City over Arsenal will cut that lead to two points with a four-point lead over Tottenham. Liverpool fans will be hoping for another City mishap before heading to the London Stadium for this game against West Ham United.
The Reds have just that one league defeat at Manchester City this season. However, they have dropped points in two of their last four league games. Five of their last six away league games have been won though and it’s 2/5 (1.4) that Liverpool can win this match.
They have managed to score in every single away league game this season. Seven times Liverpool have hit the back of the net at least twice and you can get odds of 4/9 (1.44) at Coral on them doing that in this match.
West Ham United certainly know how to have a bad patch. It’s usually a string of heavy defeats, their defense falls apart and there’s a loss no one expects. That’s what is happening at present with three straight defeats. nine goals have been conceded and that includes four in the FA Cup at AFC Wimbledon who are bottom of League One.
Only one of their last five league games has been won but that was at home against Arsenal. With a win over Manchester United and a point against Chelsea, the London Stadium can sometimes be a difficult place to visit. The odds on a win over Liverpool are 8/1 (9.0) at BetVictor. But there’s still that terrible stat to come.
Dejan Lovren may start for Liverpool, while James Milner has completed his suspension. West Ham have doubts over Marko Arnautovic, Aaron Cresswell, Lucas Perez and Samir Nasri.
Head to Head
It’s time for the dreaded stat. The last four games between these two teams hasn’t just ended in a Liverpool win. In each game, Liverpool have scored four goals against their opponents. There are odds of 7/2 (4.5) at Coral on Liverpool scoring four goals in this game.
Clean Sheet for Liverpool?
Liverpool are known for their impressive attacking skills but their defensive skills are also winning plaudits. They have the best record in the league with only 14 goals conceded. Liverpool have three clean sheets in their last four away Premier League games and West Ham have no goals in their last two league games. It’s 11/10 (2.1) at BetFred that Liverpool keep a clean sheet here.
The last four away league games has seen Mo Salah score five goals. He’s 3/1 (4.0) to be the first goalscorer in this match and 7/10 (1.7) at Betway to score anytime in the match.
You have to be a bit wary of West Ham because on their day they can beat some of the best teams in the league. However, when they face the very best, it often ends in a heavy defeat. Their form has slumped again in recent weeks but at 12th place are still nine points above the drop zone.
Liverpool can’t afford any slip-ups, especially if Manchester City beat Arsenal on Sunday. They have an incredible recent record against the Hammers and a bet on them to win with over 2.5 goals should be a winner. There are odds of 5/6 (1.83) at SkyBet on that happening on Monday evening.