West Ham vs Liverpool Preview | Double blow for Reds | Expected XI’s | Prediction
This is our match preview ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with West Ham including team news, expected line-ups and predicted score
Liverpool will be looking to restore their five-point lead at the top of the table with a win when they take on West Ham at the London Stadium this evening.
The Reds failed to take full advantage of Manchester City’s defeat at Newcastle United last Tuesday after being held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City at Anfield the following night.
Pep Guardiola’s men have now reduced the gap to just two points after beating Arsenal 3-1 yesterday so Liverpool are under pressure to restore their five point advantage with a win in the capital this evening.
They’ll take on a West Ham side who will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 thrashing by Wolverhampton Wanderers last week which has left them sitting 12th in the table.
However, a win for the Hammers would see the Londoners move level on points with eighth-placed Watford so Manuel Pellegrini is keen to get back to winning ways.
Liverpool have been hit by a blow ahead of the game with the news that Joe Gomez requires surgery on his fractured leg so is facing another extended spell on the sidelines.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is also ruled out as he continues to recover from a knee injury so James Milner is expected to return at right-back after completing a one-game ban.
West Ham hope Marko Arnautovic will be fit despite picking up a foot injury last week while Lukasz Fabianski and Aaron Cresswell are also facing late fitness tests.
Samir Nasri is out with a calf problem so he joins Jack Wilshere, Fabian Balbuena, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Carlos Sanchez on the treatment table.
Predicted & betting
West Ham 1-2 Liverpool: The Reds have won their last four league games against West Ham so they should be confident of getting a result tonight. Klopp’s side have shown signs of nerves in recent games but West Ham come in to the game off the back of three consecutive defeats in all competitions so they aren’t in top form themselves. I think Liverpool will have just enough quality to take home the three points.
If we take a look at some of the best football bets coming to you from OLBG.com’s tipsters, we see that the vast majority are backing Liverpool to win the game. The Reds are currently available at odds of 4/11 with West Ham at 6/1 and the draw at 4/1. Our predicted score of 2-1 Liverpool can be backed at 5/1 and if we throw in Mo Salah as first scorer in a 2-1 away win then we get very tempting odds of 25/1.
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