Liverpool vs. West Ham / Premier League – The last Saturday’s match of the 28th round of English Premier League is clash between 3rd-placed Liverpool and 12th-positioned West Ham, which has palpable 24 points fewer at the moment. Besides, the Reds won in previous match Porto in the Champions League but on the other hand in previous league round the Hammers finally put an end to four-game winless streak of two draws and two defeats with victory over Watford. Begins: 24.02.2018 – 16:00 CET
At the same time that was their second consecutive away victory over West Ham. Liverpool won the same match played last year by even higher goal difference, 4-0, but on the other hand it failed to win the Hammers in last three matches played at the Anfield. Of course, it is the best possible warning for coach Klopp ahead of this match, regardless that the Reds made an excellent show in the 1st leg of the Champions League round of 16 when they won Porto away by even 5-0.
On top of it, Liverpool won in last league match Southampton away by 2-0, while before that it drew at home with Tottenham and won Huddersfield away. All that propelled them at the third place in the table, where they have two points fewer than Manchester United and one more than Chelsea and two than Tottenham. Let’s add that out of action is only from before injured defender Clyne.
Probable lineups Liverpool: Karius – Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson – Wijnaldum, Henderson, Emre Can – Salah, Firmino, Mane
We have said that the Hammers from London are undefeated at the Anfield in last three years in a row. This time they will face the Reds after very valuable home victory over Watford 2-0. Manager Moyes players had in that way put an end to four-game winless streak of two draws and two defeats, out of which one was suffered in the FA Cup by third-division Wigan. On the other hand, the Hammers lost in the same period to Brighton away and drew at home with Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.
The last victory over city rival Watford had positioned them closer to the mid-table although they still have just four points more than 18th-placed Southampton and from that point there shouldn’t be any relaxation in their ranks. True, they are aware of fact that against very good Reds their job will be very difficult, especially as Moyes cannot count on suspended defender Masuaku, injured midfielders Obiang and Fernandes, and forward Carroll, while stoppers Fronte and Reid, and mifielder Lanzini are not fully ready.
Probable lineups West Ham: Adrian – Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell – Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Antonio – Joao Mario, Arnautovic – Chicharito
Liverpool – West Ham PICK
It is quite clear that the Reds are great favourite to win the match but everyone in West Ham ranks is aware of that and we expect from the Hammers to play nothing but full catenaccio at the Anfield, which means there shouldn’t be to many goals in the end.
Pick: under 3.5 goals
Odds: 1.80 at betvictor (down to 1.73 can be played)