Liverpool will be looking to get maximum rewards from their London adventure this week when they face off with West Ham this Sunday.
West Ham United have had a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes this season. Since losing to Chelsea just before Christmas, the London based outfit has not lost any of their next seven Premier League games, winning the last four straight to move into the reckoning for European football qualification positions. They moved briefly into 4th position with their 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, before Liverpool dislodged them thanks to their midweek triumph over Tottenham at Wembley.
The Hammers have also won a couple of FA Cup games over lower league division sides in between these league games meaning they have actually won six straight games.
They have a poor return against Liverpool in recent encounters. They have not won any of their last nine games against the Reds and have actually lost 3 of their last 4 at this venue. It’s an onerous task but David Moyes will be hoping to end that dubious record.
With their backs firmly against the wall following a shocking run of disappointing performances that saw them falling to as low as 5th on the table and getting bundled out of the FA Cup, Liverpool saved their best for the midweek fixture against Tottenham which they comfortably won 3-1. This ended a run of three straight losses.
The Reds front three of Mane, Firminho and Salah who had failed to score in 2021, rediscovered their touch in this game with Firminho and Mane getting on the scoresheet. Salah also had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out by VAR for offside.
Despite the win, Liverpool injury woes persisted with Fabinho ruled out just before kickoff and Joel Matip pulled out at the half with a reported ankle injury. They still dominated the game regardless and Klopp will look to build on this performance.
Liverpool look to have gotten back their mojo. With that, their hopes of defending their Premier League crown are still alive. That win over Tottenham has certainly instilled a sense of belief and purpose. Even through their struggles, their style of play has pretty much remained the same. They dominate possession against just about any other team and we expect as much here. This tends to result in plenty of corners for them. We are backing them to edge the corner battle with a -1.5 handicap @ 1.65 with Interwetten as our first betting tip here. This simply means that Liverpool will have at least 2 more corners than West Ham in this game.
West Ham are not one of those teams that just sit back for the entire game. They have been playing very well and will certainly have a go at Liverpool. This, therefore, portends the likelihood of a goal-fest here. Seven of the last nine encounters between these teams have yielded Over 2.5 goals. A repeat of the same is priced @ 1.60 with Interwetten bookie review and this will make our last tip for this game.
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