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West Ham vs Liverpool Prediction & Match Preview

 

West Ham vs Liverpool Prediction & Match Preview

West Ham vs Liverpool
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 31 January 2021
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Olympic Stadium.

West Ham United will be looking to extend their winning run in the Premier League to five games when they take on Liverpool at Olympic Stadium on Sunday. 

The Hammers look unstoppable at the moment, and we are positive that they will go for a win against the reigning champions. Arthur Masuaku remains in the recovery room, while goalkeeper Darren Randolph should be fit to face the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp’s troops, on the other hand, have been anything but brilliant in the Premier League in 2021, with the team slipping down the standings week by week. 

Since West Ham United are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Liverpool, we are tempted to put our money on the capital club. 

Van Dijk, Gomez, Jota, and Keita are all sidelined with injuries, while Henderson has recovered from a muscle problem.

West Ham vs Liverpool: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams West Ham Liverpool played so far 40 matches.
West Ham won 7 direct matches. Liverpool won 25 matches. 8 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.95 goals per Match.

West Ham vs Liverpool Prediction

West Ham in actual season average scored 2.00 goals per match. In 13 (86.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (66.67%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Liverpool average scored 2.27 goals per match in season 2021. In 15 (83.33%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (55.56%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Liverpool's defensive injury crisis somehow continues to deepen, with Fabinho and Joel Matip joining the seemingly never-ending list of problems they have endured at the back this season.

Fabinho missed out against Tottenham due to a minor muscle problem and has again been ruled out of this match, while Matip is almost certain to be unavailable too after being taken off at half time on Thursday.

Klopp revealed after that match that Matip had suffered suspected ankle ligament damage, but the severity of the injury is as yet unclear with Matip set for scans.

With long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez still out too, Klopp will likely be forced to field Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips, the latter of whom impressed off the bench against Spurs, alongside captain Jordan Henderson at the back.

Diogo Jota and Naby Keita also remain out, but Curtis Jones, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all be pushing for a start in midfield should Klopp look to make changes.

Mane, Firmino and Mohamed Salah should all start again, with the latter having scored seven goals in his last seven league games against the Hammers.

West Ham have their own specialist in this fixture, with Michail Antonio netting four times in six appearances against Liverpool, and he should lead the line once again this weekend.

Tomas Soucek has also been a goal threat of late, with his seven top-flight strikes this term being worth 10 points to the Hammers - without them, West Ham would sit 12th.

Moyes will still be without Arthur Masuaku and Darren Randolph, but his options have been bolstered by the arrival of Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United.

Lingard is unlikely to be involved from the start, but Said Benrahma is expected to start again having now made his loan move permanent.

Indeed, Moyes could name an unchanged side to the one which beat Crystal Palace in midweek, having had two days more rest than their opponents.

West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Henderson, Robertson; Jones, Thiago, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane


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