Liverpool will seek to return to winning ways and go back to being 5 points clear as they travel to London where they’ll face a struggling West Ham team.
To start with the hosts, West Ham have had a nightmarish couple of weeks losing back to back Premier League games to Bournemouth and Wolves 2-0 and 3-0 looking tragic, while also getting bounced out of the FA Cup by Wimbledon losing 4-2. Defending has been atrocious by the hammers lately.
Despite their recent struggles, the Hammers have been pretty solid at Home losing just one of their last 6 and winning 4 of those games most recently defeating Arsenal 1-0 in the London Stadium.
The Hammers have already beaten 2 big 6 clubs this season in Arsenal and Man Utd while also taking points from Chelsea in a 0-0 draw. However they did lose to the other 2 teams in Spurs and Man City 0-1 and 0-4. 2W 1D 2L record isn’t too bad and this team can’t be taken lightly in their stadium this season.
Felipe Anderson will be the key player for the Hammers if they want to get a result. He’s already contributed to 10 goals this season (8G 2A) in the league in his first year for the Hammers.
Liverpool meanwhile are coming off a disappointing draw against Leicester at Anfield where they drew 1-1 and failed to capitalise on Man City dropping points. That was the first time Liverpool dropped points against a non big 6 side this season. Liverpool still do hold a 100% win record against non big 6 sides away from home.
Liverpool are still regardless in a good position at the top and with a win they could go back up to 5 points clear over Man City.
Liverpool’s attack have seemed to finally hit the top gear in their recent games with all 3 of Mane Firmino and Salah showing some great form. The trio are as usual the ones to watch from Liverpool as they could have a big game against a struggling defensive side in West Ham.
Liverpool’s backline have fallen off in the past month conceding 9 goals in 5 games across all competitions and keeping just ONE clean sheet which is something that they do need to address and work out to return to pre 2019 defensive form. Injuries to the backline players have been one of the reasons for this fall.
Liverpool have dominated West Ham in recent H2H scoring 4 goals past them in each meeting winning them 0-4, 1-4, 4-1, 4-0. Pure dominance.
Liverpool are clear bookies favourites to win this game at 1.34. West Ham is at a very high 9.50 and Draw is 5.75. Odds based on Unibet.
West Ham: Marko Arnautovic is likely to be out for the Hammers while Aaron Cresswell and Lukasz Fabianski are also injury doubts. Nasri, Balbuena, Wilshere and Yarmolenko all remain out.
Liverpool: Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Oxlade-Chamberlain all remain out while James Milner returns from suspension.
West Ham are tied 6th best in covering total goal overs at Home this season at 58.3% (7-5).
West Ham are just 17th best in covering total 1st half goal overs at Home this season at 25% (3-3-6). 2nd half team in terms of goals.
Marko Arnautovic is West Ham’s top scorer at Home with 5, but with him potentially out, Felipe Anderson would become the top available scorer at Home with 4 at the London Stadium.
West Ham average 1.58 bookings per game at Home in the BPL (19 bookings in 12 games).
West Ham are tied 6th best at covering Handicaps at Home at 50% (6-6).
Liverpool are 16th best at covering total goal overs away from home at 33.3% (4-2-6).
Liverpool are tied worst at covering first half goal overs away from home this season at 8.3% (1-1-10).
Mo Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer away from home with 7 away goals in the BPL.
Liverpool average 1.17 bookings away from home in the BPL (14 bookings in 12 games).
Liverpool are 5th best at covering Handicaps at 58.3% away from home in the BPL this season (7-1-4).
KICK OFF – 4th February 2019 – 8pm UK Time