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West Ham vs Liverpool betting tips: Premier League preview & predictions

West Ham vs Liverpool prediction: West Ham 0-3 Liverpool

West Ham welcome Premier League leaders Liverpool to the London Stadium on Wednesday evening.

This fixture is rescheduled from mid-December, when Liverpool’s World Club Cup victory in Qatar clashed with the Premier League schedule

Whether this will be a blessing or a curse for the Hammers remains to be seen. They re-appointed David Moyes as manager towards the end of 2019, which saw immediate results with a 4-0 New Year’s Day win over Bournemouth.

However, this remains Moyes’ only league win since his return to the dugout. West Ham have just four points from twelve during Moyes Era 2.0, an average of one point per game. This is par the course for West Ham this season, who had nineteen points from nineteen games under Manuel Pellegrini.

Liverpool are at the other end of the spectrum at the moment. They are currently flying sixteen points clear of Manchester City prior to this game in hand. The Reds are still undefeated in the league this season and have won a ridiculous sixty-seven of a possible sixty-nine points available.

West Ham vs Liverpool: Who will win?

West Ham have won just one of their last nine games at the London Stadium. They are also without a win against Liverpool in the last six matches in the head-to-head. Therefore, it is no surprise to see the Hammers come into the match as 7/1 outsiders to be the side to end Liverpool’s undefeated league record this season.

These sides drew 1-1 on their previous meeting at the London Stadium, back in February 2019. Odds of 17/4 are available if you believe they will cancel each other out once more.

Liverpool have won each of their last fourteen Premier League matches. They have also won four of the last five matches against the Hammers. This sees the Reds come into Wednesday evening’s clash as the huge 4/11 favourites to keep their winning streak going.

West Ham vs Liverpool: Who will score?

Sebastian Haller is West Ham’s top scorer this season with six league goals. However, he is currently on a run of five games without a goal for the Hammers, in all competitions.

Haller is 13/5 to end his mini-drought against Liverpool. Or you can back the French striker at 9/1 to get the game’s opening goal.

Mohamed Salah has four goals and an assist in four appearances against West Ham in his career. He has two goals in his last four league matches and is Liverpool’s joint top scorer with eleven goals. It is no surprise that the Egyptian King is the 3/1 favourite to open the scoring on Wednesday. Or you can back Salah at 8/11 to score at any time during the game.

With the news that Sadio Mané could be missing for the coming games with a hamstring injury, Liverpool will look at Roberto Firmino to chip in with a few more goals than usual. He stepped up in the final moments against Wolves to slam home the winner for the Reds. Can the Brazilian international repeat the feat with another against West Ham? Bobby is 9/2 to open the scoring, or 6/5 to score at any time.


West Ham vs Liverpool: Match preview

West Ham managed to hold Liverpool to a draw on their last visit to the London Stadium, back in February 2019.

While West Ham had the better of the shot count, with thirteen to Liverpool’s eleven, they only managed to get 15% on target compared to the visitor’s 55%.

In addition, the quality of Liverpool’s chances was much superior, with an average Expected Goals (xG) per shot of 0.094 to 0.064 of West Ham. The Reds also created the only ‘big chance’ of the game, which was converted by Sadio Mané to open the scoring.

Given all the talk once more over the selfishness of Mohamed Salah’s shooting, it is noted he had four shots at the London Stadium that day with an average of less than 0.05 xG per shot.

West Ham vs Liverpool: A look at the visitors

While Liverpool’s results this season suggest a dominant force in England steam-rolling everything in their path, their underlying numbers will hint at some concerns for Jurgen Klopp and the coaching staff.

The xG of chances created by both Wolves and Liverpool last Wednesday suggest Liverpool were a little fortunate to get anything from the game never mind all three points. It is their worst performance since the 1-2 win at Southampton back in August; the only other match this season where they have had a significant negative expected goals difference.

However, this shouldn’t be seen as a one-off. In fact, Liverpool’s underlying defensive numbers have been worsening week-on-week over the last five games. Whether or not this is due to the difficulty of opponents faced, it will be a trend that Liverpool need to reverse.

West Ham team news vs Liverpool

West Ham United’s Aaron Cresswell celebrates scoring his side’s first goal Chelsea v West Ham United – Premier League – Stamford Bridge 30-11-2019 . (Photo by Tess Derry/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks and Felipe Anderson are all ruled out for West Ham United.

Lukasz Fabianski now looks likely to be available for this match. In his pre-match presser David Moyes said this about his Polish goalkeeper: “We’ve got some good news. Fabianski is very close so could feature tomorrow. We’ll make the call ahead of the match, but he’s trained the last few days and it will be good to get him back.”

Robert Snodgrass has an inflamed tendon in his knee, which ruled him out of their FA Cup tie against West Brom at the weekend. He is currently being assessed for availability against Liverpool.

Arthur Masuaku also missed the 0-1 defeat against West Brom due to a build-up of fluid in his knee. Previously, he only managed thirty minutes against Everton and was brought off at half-time in the 4-1 defeat at Leicester. If he is available for Wednesday, it will likely be as a substitute.

Predicted West Ham team vs Liverpool

Predicted West Ham team vs Liverpool

Predicted West Ham team vs Liverpool

Liverpool team news vs West Ham

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: Sadio Mane of Liverpool sits injured on the floor during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on January 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner are the only two players who remain ruled out for Klopp’s side since their match with Wolves last Thursday night.

Sadio Mane was forced off after just thirty minutes of their 1-2 win at Wolves. In his pre-match presser, Jurgen Klopp confirmed Mane to be ruled out until after the winter break.

Xherdan Shaqiri has missed Liverpool’s last three matches due to a calf injury. He was due to return to training this week but is unlikely to feature against the Hammers.

Adam Lallana missed the trips to Wolves and Shrewsbury due to illness. If he recovers in time for Wednesday, he is expected to take up a place on the bench, at most.

Naby Keita returned to the matchday squad on Sunday, albeit as an unused substitute. He has a tough task ahead of him to get ahead of two from Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho in the midfield pecking order.

Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren both made starting returns to the Liverpool line-up on Sunday. However, after poor performances from both, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are expected to resume their partnership which has seen Liverpool keep ten clean sheets in their last twelve matches.

Predicted Liverpool team vs West Ham

Predicted Liverpool team vs West Ham

Predicted Liverpool team vs West Ham

The latest tweets from West Ham pre-Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-West Ham

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1221810064484376576

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1221751453712179203

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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