Liverpool v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 20, 2018
Anfield - Premier League
Liverpool host West Ham this weekend, flying high on confidence after a 5-0 away win in the Champions League against Porto. The Hammers also won their last game, and have lost just twice in all competitions in their last eleven games.
The reverse fixture won't install West Ham with much hope as Liverpool won 4-1 in the away fixture, thanks to a brace from Mo Salah, and goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip. This was the second consecutive time that the Reds have put four past the Hammers, and David Moyes will be desperate to plug the leak somehow.
Other than Nathaniel Clyne, who is out until March, Jurgen Klopp has a full squad to pick from, with Danny Ings back to full fitness and in contention to start.
Manuel Lanzini is facing a late evaluation to ascertain his fitness before the Liverpool match, although whether he gets the nod over Javier Hernandez or Joao Mario remains to be seen. Winston Reid should also be approaching a return from his throat infection, whereas Pedro Obiang and Andy Carrol are unlikely to return before the end of the season.
Liverpool v West Ham Predictions and Previews
Jurgen Klopp stated this week that his current squad is his best ever, and it looks hard to argue with this on current evidence. With their place in the Champions League quarter finals all-but booked, the Reds look more than capable of matching Klopp's Dortmund side in their European form.
Coming into Saturday's fixture Klopp will be wary that Manchester United and Chelsea face each other, which regardless of the result would be good for Liverpool, provided they themselves win. With the likes of Salah and Roberto Firmino scoring for fun at the moment, the manager has little to worry about on the goal-scoring front, although may be concerned about West Ham's revamped attack.
It has taken a while, but it seems that Moyes has finally started to get the best out of Javier Hernandez, with the Mexican forward scoring in his last two games. Chicharito is 17/5 to score anytime this weekend, and seems to be enjoying playing alongside Marko Arnautovic, who is also in fine form. If the two forwards play to their ability, they are a handful for any side to handle, let alone the worst defence in the top five.
Liverpool will expect to win on Saturday, but it is far from a forgone conclusion, and if David Moyes can do what few have managed this season and nullify Mo Salah, the Hammers may well have a chance.
Mo Salah to score anytime at 4/6
The Egyptian winger is almost averaging a goal-per-game in all competitions and would be a safe bet this weekend.
Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals at 4/7
Two strong offensive teams with lesser defences should prove for a high scoring game.