Liverpool and West Ham are closing the 27th round of the English Premier League with a game at Anfield Road next Monday. For the hosts, this is just another step towards the long-awaited title. On the other side, for the Hammers, it is a very important clash, as they fell into the relegation zone recently.
All in all, we should witness one interesting meeting, and although L’Pool is the absolute favourite, West Ham has nothing to lose, which might be their biggest advantage in this case. We will make a preview for this event, and take five minutes of your time to read it and consider the football pundits’ tips for the same.
Just to mention the odds for this game before starting any analysis. Hosts’ win is 1/6, on the other side, West Ham’s surprise is 12/1, and a draw is set at 13/2. As usual, when Klopp’s team participates in one event, goals are anticipated. Over 2.5 is 4/11, Over 3.5 1/1, and to see five or more hots 12/5.
The Reds are coming into this one after a very unpleasant experience in Madrid, where they lost against Atletico in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. It is one of the few matches since Klopp took over this team in which they haven’t had a single shot on goal. Atletico found the perfect way to stop the European champions from threatening and neutralised the lethal offensive trio Mane, Salah and Firmino.
After Tuesday’s defeat, Liverpool’s chances for defending the Champions League trophy decreased a little bit, and are now 11/2. City is still first with 17/4, Bayern Munich is 13/2 and Barcelona is 7/1.
The game in Madrid was the fifth straight which ended without both sides to score, and also the fourth over the previous five in which we haven’t seen more than two goals.
David Moyes and his boys lost at Etihad this Wednesday to Man City, 2-0. This defeat could have been even bigger, but the hosts didn’t push too much and decided to settle with this score, preserving the energy for the upcoming battles.
For seven straight matches, the Hammers didn’t win, and during that streak, they had five losses and two draws. At the moment, they are in the relegation zone, occupying the 18th place in the standings with 24 points, one fewer than the 17th Aston Villa.
West Ham is the fourth team on the list for the relegation. The biggest candidates to end up in the Championship is Norwich, 1/14, and after them comes Aston Villa with 10/11, Bournemouth 11/8, and the Hammers at 7/5. Watford is slightly behind 7/4.
It appears that Moyes has a problem with efficiency, and in three of the previous four events, his team couldn’t net. Board’s decisions to sell Arnautovic and Chicharito during the past summer were terrible, and a newcomer from Eintracht Frankfurt, Sebastian Haller, failed to meet the expectations so far. The same applies to Pablo Fornals, who is playing way below the expectations.
Head to head meetings
Liverpool routinely won the first match of the campaign played in London with 0-2. That one was delayed due to Reds’ trip to Japan to the Club World Cup and was held on January 29. Previous two visits to Anfield Hammers had, were fairly unpleasant for them. They allowed four goals in each and managed to post just one for 180 minutes of play.
Throughout history, the six-time European champions have a positive record against West Ham – 74 wins, 37 draws and 28 wins.
Klopp and his crew are pretty upset because of the most recent loss. They will be looking for a way to erase that, and the best way to do so is to win. When we say that, we mean win big. The morale needs to be restored, which is why we believe that Klopp will send his top lineup on the pitch.
Liverpool’s win is not for debate. However, the profit on that is just too low, which is why we propose betting on the Reds’ win with an Asian handicap, -1.75. Odds here are 5/8, which is pretty respectable.
For the braver bettors, two or more goals in the first 45 minutes are a perfect choice. This pick will double your stakes.