Liverpool continue their march towards an inevitable first ever Premier League title as they host West Ham United at Anfield on Monday night. The Hammers are struggling down at the wrong end of the table, and travel to Merseyside with little hope of a result.
Where and when: Anfield – 24 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Liverpool vs. West Ham: Sky Sports
Last time: Mohamed Salah scored a first-half penalty before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured the three points for Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp’s side won 2-0 at the London Stadium late last month.
Liverpool v West Ham Predictions and Preview
It’s only been a matter of weeks since Liverpool outclassed West Ham on their own turf, enjoying more than 70% possession on their way to victory. The Hammers hierarchy have bristled at the press for what they deemed unfair reports on their struggles, but there’s little doubt that West Ham are a mess right now.
The appointment of David Moyes has yielded only a single Premier League win from six fixtures, with that victory coming in his first game in charge. Three losses and two draws have followed, leaving West Ham in the relegation zone. Messrs Gold and Sullivan may not want to hear it, but their club is firmly rooted in a battle for survival right now.
Their prospects of beating the drop are highly unlikely to be any better come 10pm on Monday night. Liverpool’s first team squad may have tasted defeat for the first time since mid-September against Atletico Madrid in midweek, but the Reds have an unbeaten Premier League season clearly in their sights.
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Jurgen Klopp’s side have won 25 of their 26 fixtures so far this term, and boast a 100% record at home. That wouldn’t appear to be under threat against a team who’ve lost six of their last eight on the road. With around 50 points separating these sides ahead of kick-off, Liverpool are the overwhelming 2/11 favourites for the win.
The Reds are likely to be without captain Jordan Henderson, who picked up a hamstring injury against Atletico, but Klopp allayed fears over Sadio Mane’s fitness by saying he took the Senegal forward off at half-time on Tuesday due to concerns he’d be targeted for a second yellow card.
West Ham will be missing Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere on their journey north, although Moyes should have Felipe Anderson available as the former Everton manager returns to Merseyside. That’s unlikely to have much of a bearing on the result here though, with the Hammers out at 18/1 for the win. If you think the visitors can pick up an unlikely point, the draw’s priced at 7/1.
One to watch for Liverpool: New signing Takumi Minamino has made two substitute appearances for the Reds so far. Klopp may decide this is a favourable game to hand the Japanese international his first start, and Minamino is 13/8 to score anytime.
One to watch for West Ham: Robert Snodgrass scored a brace against Brighton in West Ham’s last game before their disrupted winter break, leaving the Scot only one goal behind top scorer Sebastien Haller. Snodgrass is 7/1 to score anytime in this game.
Long shot: West Ham haven’t beaten Liverpool in over four years, when they recorded back-to-back victories over the Reds, courtesy of a 2-0 home win after a 3-0 success at Anfield. Backing any sort of away win would be a long shot here, but you fancy the Hammers will have to keep a clean sheet to do so. As Liverpool have only conceded 15 goals all season, a 1-0 win could be the likeliest unlikely result at 55/1.