West Ham look to end a run of defeat against the league leaders
Last updated: February 1, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Liverpool 4 – 0 West Ham|
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 Arnautovic was ineffective and was eventually withdrawn due to injury.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.
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.
|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|
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Alisson, Henderson, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane, Salah|
|Subs:||Fabinho, Lovren, Sturridge, Lallana, Mignolet, Origi, Camacho|
So Far This Season
|West Ham This Season||Liverpool This Season|
|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|
|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.