Liverpool kept just one clean sheet in six Premier League games so far this season.Liverpool won 28 of their last 29 Premier League fixtures at Anfield.West Ham scored at least once in each of their last eight competitive matches.Both teams scored in four of the last six meetings between Liverpool and West Ham.Reds string wins together
Liverpool completed a hattrick of successive victories with a 2-0 win over Danish minnows Midtjylland on Tuesday, in what proved a more awkward Champions League test than many had anticipated.
Jurgen Klopp opted to leave fearsome trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane on the bench in mid-week, though the German coach needed to introduce all three in the second half after their replacements failed to impress.
Armed with three wins on the bounce in all competitions, Liverpool enter their third match on the trot at Anfield as heavy favourites against West Ham on Saturday, though the Irons could prove tricky opponents on Merseyside.
Irons punch above their weight
In-mid September, under pressure West Ham manager David Moyes was staring down a horrific gauntlet of Premier League fixtures, however the Irons’ against the odds performances in some tough contests since have been superb.
West Ham took eight points from an unbeaten four-match stretch against Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham and Man City, scoring an impressive 11 goals along the way against some of the division’s biggest and best.
With attacking duo Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen in particularly lethal form, the Hammers should carry plenty of attacking threat at Anfield on Saturday.
Win but no clean sheet for Liverpool
Already shorn of the Virgil van Dijk’s imperious defensive abilities, Liverpool’s crisis at centre-half worsened in mid-week, when stand in defender Fabinho limped off with what looked like a muscle injury against Midtjylland.
The Reds – who have kept just one clean sheet in six Premier League fixtures this season – could have a hard time keeping a dangerous West Ham team out at Anfield on Saturday, however a world-class and crucially, well-rested forward line should be able to bail them out of any trouble.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were named on the substitutes bench on Tuesday evening, and though they were all given minutes in the second 45, the formidable trio should have energy to burn on Saturday – and that in turn spells trouble for the Hammers.
Liverpool won six of their last seven Premier League meetings with the Irons, and an eighth victory should follow at a Merseyside venue where the Reds have won 28 of their last 29 league assignments overall.
With their personnel problems at the back a factor coupled with West Ham’s run of scoring in eight fixtures in a row, the Liverpool and both teams to score market jumps out at a cracking price for Saturday, while our correct score prediction forecasts a 2-1 home victory.
Liverpool haven’t quite been their usual fluid selves in the final third of late, scoring exactly twice in five of their last six fixtures in all competitions. However, a brace should allow the champions to enhance their phenomenal Anfield record even further.