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Liverpool vs. West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
21 February 2020
Monday 24 February
Anfield - Premier League
The latest instalment of Monday night football sees champions-elect Liverpool welcome relegation candidates West Ham United to Anfield. Surely there’s only one outcome between two teams at opposite ends of the Premier League table?
Recent history between these two doesn’t offer much hope to West Ham. The Hammers haven’t beaten Liverpool in the Premier League since recording back-to-back victories over the Reds more than four years ago. Liverpool have won five of the seven meetings since, including a 2-0 victory at the London Stadium at the end of last month.
There were fears over Sadio Mane after he was withdrawn at half-time of Liverpool’s midweek Champions League game, but Jurgen Klopp said that was due to disciplinary concerns rather than fitness ones. Jordan Henderson did pick up a hamstring issue though, while Xherdan Shaqiri also misses this game.
West Ham forward Felipe Anderson has returned to fitness and is expected to be available for this game. That could be huge for the away team’s chances both here and for the remainder of the season, although Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere remain sidelined.
Liverpool vs. West Ham Preview and Predictions
West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan may not like anyone to say it, but there’s no doubt the Hammers find themselves in the midst of another relegation battle this season. David Moyes has a tough job on his hands to save his club from the drop, and they could certainly do without a trip to Anfield right now.
Liverpool may have suffered a rare defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, but the Reds have been peerless in the Premier League this season. After 25 wins and no defeats from their 26 fixtures so far, Klopp’s side are breezing their way to a first league title in 30 years.
The Reds have won their last 17 games since dropping their only points of the season away at Manchester United in October. West Ham, meanwhile, have only won three of their last 20, and Moyes hasn’t tasted victory in the Premier League since his first game as Irons boss.
It was only a few weeks ago that the Hammers were completely outplayed by Liverpool on their own patch, seeing less than 30% of the ball. There’s little evidence to show much has changed since, while West Ham’s disrupted winter break won’t have helped. It’s almost impossible to look past the home win here at 1.17. If you fancy the shock though, you can get 16.25 on West Ham, while the draw’s available at 7.75.
Liverpool to win to nil at 1.90
The Reds have only conceded 15 goals all season, and kept a clean sheet against West Ham when the teams clashed a few weeks ago.
Mohamed Salah to score first at 3.25
The Egyptian broke the deadlock from the penalty spot against West Ham in that last meeting, and is Liverpool’s top scorer with 14 Premier League goals to his name so far.