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West Ham vs Liverpool - Match Preview

04 Feb 2019 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

West Ham United

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

vs

Kick-off
20:00 GMT
04 February 2019

Liverpool FC

  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

Kick-off
20:00 GMT 04 February 2019

The Premier League action comes thick and fast this time of the year and after a nine-game weekend, there’s a huge game in the Monday Night Football. Liverpool will be looking to maintain their lead at the top in their trip to the London Stadium where they face West Ham.

STATS

  • West Ham have had a rollercoaster of a season so far with some very mixed results and they will be disappointed with the fact that they sit 12th in the table. They’ve won just one of their last five matches and that came in arguably the toughest of those, against Arsenal at home. They have also been dumped out of the FA Cup by Wimbledon in that time.
  • Liverpool have their best chance to win their first Premier League title this season as they are top of the table with a game-in-hand over 2nd-placed Manchester City. Although, they might be showing signs of slowing down as they have dropped points in two of their last four in the league. Last time out, Leicester came from behind to draw with the Reds at Anfield.
  • Felipe Anderson has been West Ham’s best player this term as rumours of Marko Arnautovic leaving are gathering pace. The Brazilian wideman has eight league goals.
  • Mohamed Salah is once again the Premier League’s leading goalscorer and with 16 goals, he is ahead of the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sergio Aguero and Eden Hazard.

HEAD TO HEAD

Liverpool have dominated the recent meeting between the two teams as they have won four and drawn one of the last five of their fixtures against West Ham. Two of those victories came away in East London where they scored four goals on both occasions with an aggregate score of 8-1. There have been over 2.5 goals in each of those five matches while both teams have scored in three of them.

WEST HAM NEWS

The hosts can break into the top half with an unlikely three points and would overtake Everton in 9th. Lukasz Fabianski is expected to start despite picking up a knock whilst Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Aaron Cresswell all face late fitness tests.

Latest matches: West Ham United

29.01.2019 Prem Wolverhampton Wanderers West Ham United 3:0 L
26.01.2019 FA C AFC Wimbledon West Ham United 4:2 L
19.01.2019 Prem Bournemouth AFC West Ham United 2:0 L
12.01.2019 Prem West Ham United Arsenal FC 1:0 W
05.01.2019 FA C West Ham United Birmingham City 2:0 W

LIVERPOOL NEWS

Because of Man City’s win against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, the visitors’ lead at the top has been cut to two points so they need to restore it back to five with a win on Monday. They have defensive injury worries as Dejan Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez will all miss out.

Latest matches: Liverpool FC

30.01.2019 Prem Liverpool FC Leicester City 1:1 D
19.01.2019 Prem Liverpool FC Crystal Palace 4:3 W
12.01.2019 Prem Brighton & Hove Albion FC Liverpool FC 0:1 W
07.01.2019 FA C Wolverhampton Wanderers Liverpool FC 2:1 L
03.01.2019 Prem Manchester City Liverpool FC 2:1 L

SUMMARY

With Liverpool’s great campaign so far, it’s hard to see anything but a win for them. However, West Ham’s form against the big teams has been very good at times so they can never be written off in these games. Both of the league leaders’ last two away wins have seen under 2.5 goals and I expect the trend to continue against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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