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West Ham vs. Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
28 January 2020
Wednesday 29 January
London Stadium – Premier League
Liverpool march on and seem unbeatable ahead of their trip to London Stadium to face a desperate West Ham on Wednesday. The Hammers are facing a tough relegation battle this season and are up against the runaway leaders on Wednesday.
West Ham are facing Liverpool twice within a month and the first meeting is at London Stadium. The last time Liverpool travelled to the Hammers ground, it ended in a 1-1 draw, as Michail Antonio equalised Sadio Mané’s opener. But that was only the second point in six games against the Merseysiders, who have scored four goals in each of the four games in between two score draws. The last time The Irons got the better of the Reds, they needed extra time in the FA Cup on February 9, 2016. That was the last of an unbeaten run of four matches and they haven’t won since.
West Ham are struggling without key members like Felipe Anderson and Lukasz Fabianski, as they still cope without Ryan Fredericks and Jack Wilshere. David Moyes will have most of his squad available against the high-flying Merseysiders but must still choose between Darron Randolph or David Martin between the sticks.
Liverpool will have to be without the goalscorer last time the two met, as Sadio Mané is out with a hamstring injury and joins the list including Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner, Naby Keita and Nathaniel Clyne for players who won’t make the trip to London. Joel Matip and Fabinho were both back during the cup game last weekend and might be available for the Premier League match this Wednesday.
West Ham vs. Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Liverpool were pegged back by a reluctant Wolverhampton last time, but Roberto Firmino managed to grab the winner for the Reds, as they continue their impressive form in the Premier League. West Ham are desperate to get a win and post some points on the board, but it doesn’t get any more difficult than this. The home side may be backed at 1.35 to cause an upset on Wednesday, as Liverpool are searching to extend their lead over second-placed Manchester City.
The Reds are currently on a fantastic run and seem unstoppable, but their young guns were held to a 2-2 draw against Shrewsbury Town on Sunday. The draw stopped a run of nine consecutive wins and Jürgen Klopp will be back with his normal line-up against the Hammers.
The consistency and quality from the Reds this season has been blowing spectators away so far, as even a draw seems to be difficult for anyone who faces Klopp’s men. Only Manchester United have managed to take points away from Liverpool’s tally this campaign, who have recovered Joel Matip and Fabinho, who were both crucial members of the squad during the first months of the season.
They have managed to battle on, also without Alisson Becker for large parts of the first half and now they will have to play without the Senegal international Mané. Since Shaqiri is also doubtful, it may provide an opportunity for Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to prove their worth, as they have done also previously.
West Ham are currently one place above the relegation zone and even after David Moyes came to turn the tide for the Irons, they haven’t managed to string the results together. The home side will be desperate to get a point and may be backed at 5.60 to do so, but Liverpool’s great form makes them inevitable favourites also this time around.
Total Goals Over 3.5 at 2.40
Before the 1-1 draw at London Stadium last season, Liverpool have scored four goals in the four previous games and as the fifth ended in a 2-2 draw, it’s plausible to see another high scoring game at the London Stadium this mid-week fixture.
Roberto Firmino to score at anytime at 2.35
When Sadio Mané is missing, Roberto Firmino steps up to the plate, together with Mohamed Salah (at 2.10 to score at anytime). They are splitting the goals between them this season, as Mané stands at 11 in 22 games, Salah on 11 in 20 and the Brazilian at eight in 23 games. He could easily add to his tally this week.