West Ham v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 31, 2019
London Stadium - Premier League
Liverpool must put their midweek slip behind them as quickly as possible, as they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Monday. The Hammers were battered by Wolves on Tuesday, and their prospects don’t look too good here either.
Liverpool have won the last four meetings between the sides, scoring four goals on each occasion and conceding only twice. West Ham last beat the Reds in 2016 courtesy of a 2-0 victory at home, completing the double over Liverpool that season.
Where to start with West Ham. The injuries keep piling up, with Marko Arnautovic now expected to miss this game after departing Molineux in a protective brace. He joins Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Winston Reid and Fabian Balbuena on the sidelines. Samir Nasri, Lucas Perez, Aaron Cresswell and Lukasz Fabianski are all doubts for this game.
Liverpool’s defensive problems have eased, although two key players are still out. Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are both expected to miss this game, although the latter’s closing in on a return. Apart from that, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the only other absentee for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but he’s also getting close to a comeback.
West Ham v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
West Ham could’ve lost by a hatful at Wolves in midweek, and were lucky to escape with just a 3-0 defeat. There was an element of fortune in that Liverpool didn’t go behind to Leicester in the second half of their game on Wednesday, but the Reds should’ve been awarded a penalty after a clear foul on Naby Keita.
As it was, Klopp’s side failed to take the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points, following Manchester City’s defeat at Newcastle on Tuesday. It was a nervy performance from the Liverpool players, despite Sadio Mane’s early goal, and the apprehensive atmosphere certainly spread to the stands too.
It’s very early for the Reds to be getting the jitters, and Klopp needs to nip this in the bud immediately. He’ll probably be happy to have a trip to the London Stadium, which is no fortress, against a West Ham side who’ve lost their last three games. Liverpool of course have scored eight goals on their two visits to the stadium to date.
The away team are odds-on favourites in the betting, priced at 5/12. West Ham did beat Arsenal at home earlier this month, so they are capable of springing a surprise. Liverpool are a cut above the Gunners, but the Hammers are 15/2 for the win. A draw would be a great result for the hosts, and it’s priced at 22/5.
Liverpool to win and BTTS at 19/10
The Reds looked shaky at the back against Leicester, but they should still have more than enough to see off this West Ham team.
Mane to score first at 11/2
The Senegalese reached double figures in the Premier League for this season when he broke the deadlock against Leicester, and has three goals in his last two games against West Ham.