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Prediction: Liverpool vs West Ham United

Juan Pablo Aravena in Free Soccer Predictions 24 Feb 2020

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Verdict: Liverpool to score over 2,5 goals – yes

Best Odds: 13/20

Bookmaker: 888sport

The Reds and The Hammers will close a new matchday of the Premier League campaign in a match where Liverpool are massive favourites. West Ham enter this game on a negative run, so it’s unlikely to see them getting a positive result here. Kick-off for this match is slated at 20:00 GMT.

Liverpool

Liverpool have been the hottest team in Europe by a wide margin this season, and they enter this contest riding a 100% record at home and seven straight matches without conceding goals at Anfield Road. The Reds have won their 13 Premier League games at home during the current term, notching 35 goals and conceding just nine. However, The Reds are in dire need of a bounce-back performance following their 1-0 loss at Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Jurgen Klopp’s men saw a four-game winning streak coming to an end with that defeat but if there’s one competition where they can turn things around, that’s the English Premier League. Liverpool currently sit at the top of the standings with 76 points out of 26 matches – they have won 25 while drawing just once. Can they extend that run Monday against The Hammers? A win here would put them closer to the title.

Team News

Liverpool have four absentees ahead of this contest.

Nathaniel Clyne (knee), Jordan Henderson (thigh), Yasser Larouci (thigh) and Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) have all been ruled out for this contest.

West Ham United

West Ham enter this game on a seven-game winless streak in all competitions. David Moyes’ men are coming off a 2-0 away loss to Manchester City the last time out, and they currently sit in 18th place of the standings with 24 points out of 26 matches. If the season ended today, Moyes’ team would be playing in the English Championship next season. By all accounts, that would be quite a failure considering the strength of their squad and the presence of names such as Felipe Anderson, Declan Rice, and others. West Ham have gone winless in their last five Premier League matches as well, losing three of their last four contests and taking just two points of their last 15 available. West Ham have also conceded 45 goals – only three teams have allowed more goals against them.

Team News

The Hammers won’t have three players available for this match.

Ryan Fredericks is out with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Andriy Yarmolenko (thigh) and Jack Wilshere (groin) are also slated to miss this game.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Liverpool have netted the opening goal in 15 straight league fixtures.
  • The Reds’ average of 2.69 goals scored per home match. That’s the highest amount in the Premier League.
  • Eight of West Ham’s last ten competitive away matches have seen just one team score.
  • The Hammers are on a run of seven straight games without a win in all competitions (D2, L5).
  • West Ham have lost all five prior matches against the current top three PL teams. Those are Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City.
  • The last two H2H Premier League meetings between these two sides has ended with under 2.5 goals. However, the prior five registered over 2.5 goals scored.

Conclusion

Liverpool have scored multiple goals in four of their last five Premier League matches at Anfield Road.

Expect that trend to continue once again. Liverpool should score at least two goals here.

Verdict: Liverpool to score over 2,5 goals – yes

Best Odds: 13/20

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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