West Ham look to end a run of defeat against the league leaders

Last updated: February 1, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 20:00
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: LDWLL
Away Form: WLWWL
Last Meeting: Liverpool 4 – 0 West Ham
Competition: EPL

West Ham host league leaders Liverpool on a bad run of form. The Hammers have lost their last three in all competitions, and don’t like playing Klopp’s Liverpool, having conceded four goals in each of their last four games against them. Liverpool meanwhile dropped points for just the second time this season against Leicester on Wednesday.

Manuel Pellegrini said he had no explanation to just how bad West Ham were against Wolves in midweek. The Hammers are enduring a difficult spell and it was hoped they would emerge from it against Wolves, with the Arnautovic sage finally coming to a positive end. That wasn’t the case however. Arnautovic was ineffective and was eventually withdrawn due to injury. Results show it is not as bad as initially feared, but he is still a doubt for this match. Injuries seem to infact be Pellegrini’s biggest problem. A number of first-team players are still out, which has forced a reshuffle not only in personnel but formation. The omens don’t look to good for the Hammers here and they are not out of the woods in terms of injuries yet. In poor form, with a bad record against Liverpool, few will expect West Ham to get something from this match.

Liverpool were uncharacteristically poor on Wednesday however. They had only dropped points to Manchester City prior to that match, but a draw at home to Leicester wasn’t on the cards at all. You’d expect them to bounce back here though, especially against an opponent they seem to do well against. There are no new injuries in the Liverpool camp, though with Alexander-Arnold unlikely to be fit, the right-back position remains up for grabs. Jordan Henderson did a decent job there on Wednesday, but he may be replaced by Milner. Liverpool remain clear at the top ahead of Manchester City, but the draw meant they missed a huge chance to capitalise on a shock City defeat. It’s unlikely Liverpool will make the same mistake again.

Team News

As usual, West Ham have a host of injuries. Goalkeeper Fabianski is a doubt for this one and the shot-stopper will be a big loss.

Arnautovic’s injury is not as bad as first feared, but he is still likely to miss out here.

Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are the only absentees through injury for Liverpool.

Klopp will have to decide whether to play Jordan Henderson at right-back again. James Milner could come back into the squad.

Expected Line-Ups:

West Ham (4-3-3): Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Felipe Anderson, Antonio, Arnautovic
Subs: Carroll, Adrian, Obiang, Hernandez, Fredericks, Diangana, Coventry
Injured: Balbuena, Reid, Yarmolenko, Wilshere, Sanchez, Lucas
Doubtful: Arnautovic, Lanzini, Nasri, Creswell
Not available:
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson, Henderson, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane, Salah
Subs: Fabinho, Lovren, Sturridge, Lallana, Mignolet, Origi, Camacho
Injured: Alexander-Arnold, Gomez
Not available:

So Far This Season

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West Ham This Season Liverpool This Season
1st League Position 12th
5 (4) Wins (away) 10 (9)
3 – 0 v Newcastle Biggest Win 5 – 1 v Arsenal
2 (2) Draws (away) 2 (2)
0 – 4 v Liverpool Biggest Defeat 1 – 2 v Man City
Felipe Anderson (8) Top Goal Scorer Mohamed Salah (16)
Y43, R1 Discipline Y20, R2
10 Failures to Score 1
17% Clean Sheets 54%
45% Both Teams to Score Games 45%
54% Over 2.5 Goals 52%
46% Under 2.5 Goals 46%
  • West Ham have lost their lost three in all competitions. They now face the best team in the league to try and end that run.
  • Liverpool have failed to score just once all season, while West Ham have kept a clean sheet in less than 20% of their matches. They’ve also scored four goals in each of their last four games against the Hammers.
  • The Hammers have also failed to score in almost half of their matches, which doesn’t bode well against the best defence in the league.
  • While Liverpool are almost invincible at home, their away form is almost as good. They’ve won just one less game away from home than at home all season.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
12/08/2018 EPL Liverpool 4 – 0 West Ham Salah 19′
24/02/2018 EPL Liverpool 4 – 1 West Ham Can 29′
04/11/2017 EPL West Ham 1 – 4 Liverpool Salah 21′
14/05/2017 EPL West Ham 0 – 4 Liverpool Sturridge 35′
11/12/2016 EPL Liverpool 2 – 2 West Ham Lallana 5’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Liverpool may have drawn in midweek but West Ham are on a much poorer run. You wouldn’t expect the Reds to slip up anyway, but looking at the recent results of matches between the pair, Liverpool are big, big favourites. We’ll be going with over 2.5 goals, something that has come in in the last five meetings between the teams. You can get this bet at Coral.