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West Ham United vs Liverpool betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

West Ham United vs Liverpool odds and betting statistics

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West Ham United vs Liverpool match preview

Both of these clubs are hoping to compete in Europe next season, although they’re aiming to get there by different routes.

Liverpool moved up to seventh on Saturday by beating Nottingham Forest 3-2 at Anfield.

Diogo Jota scored twice, only for Forest to equalise both times, but Mohamed Salah’s strike then went unanswered.

That’s now back-to-back wins for Jürgen Klopp’s team, following that 6-1 demolition of Leeds on the previous Monday night.

A top four finish still seems unlikely as Liverpool are nine points adrift Newcastle and Manchester United, although that gap could be cut to six, given that both are in action on Thursday.

A more realistic target is fifth place, with Klopp’s men only three points below beleaguered Tottenham and with a game in hand.

Right now the Hammers are starting to find form at just the right time, smashing Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday.

Michail Antonio and then Lucas Paquetá both headed home early, Declan Rice then lashed in a third before Pablo Fornals completed the scoring with a spectacular if admittedly underwhelming scorpion kick.

David Moyes’ men have now won three of their last five league fixtures, moving up to 13th, six points clear of danger, almost alleviating any lingering fears of relegation.

So, the Irons will be able to focus on the Europa Conference League, dumping out Gent six nights ago.

West Ham will take on AZ Alkmaar in the semi-finals, the first leg is in 15 days time, seeking to reach a first continental final for 57 years.

Will the Hammers all but end Liverpool’s top four hopes at the London Stadium?

West Ham United team news

David Moyes seems to have settled on a strongest XI which, on one hand, is ideal but, with nine games to play in 32 days, some semblance of rotation will be required.

Full-back is the easiest area for Moyes to rotate; Vladimír Coufal and Aaron Cresswell started at the weekend, but Thilo Kehrer and Emerson could come in.

In the middle, Angelo Ogbonna was back on the bench at the weekend after injury so could start, having headed home the winner when Liverpool last visited the London Stadium.

Michail Antonio opener on Sunday will see him keep his place, chosen over Danny Ings, while Gianluca Scamacca is still injured.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Fabiański; Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Souček, Paquetá; Bowen, Benrahma, Antonio.

Liverpool team news

Jürgen Klopp too has settled on a strongest XI, with Curtis Jones completing the midfield trio, chosen over Thiago.

In attack, Diogo Jota’s braces against both Leeds and Nottingham Forest will see him keep his place.

Darwin Núñez and Luis Díaz are options off the bench, the latter having come on in the last two games following six months out injured.

Fabinho would miss Liverpool’s next two fixtures, Tottenham (H) and Brentford (H), if booked.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Konaté, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Jones; Salah, Gakpo, Jota.

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