West Ham vs Liverpool by Pacifier

West-Ham
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Liverpool
West Ham simply cannot afford to drop points here. You feel the inevitability in Slaven Bilic losing his job and it is only a matter of when. They threw away a 2-0 lead at half-time to draw the game by 2-2 against Crystal Palace last weekend and they need a victory badly more than ever here against Liverpool. The return of Andy Carroll is sure to boost their goals scoring opportunities in attack and he will sure be a handful for the Liverpool defense who are quite soft, especially in the air. They are having somewhat of a defensive crisis at then moment with Pablo Zabaleta out through suspension, James Collins and Sam Byram injured, and Fonte and Reid both doubts for the game. Michael Antonio is also out through injury.

 

Liverpool have sixteen points from ten games and are three points off the top four spots. They won their last league games though as they eased to a 3-0 home win against Huddersfield to banish memories of the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham a week prior. Questions have been asked about this Liverpool defense and they continue to underperform in top games. Georginio Wijnaldum joined Coutinho on the sidelines after limping off in the first half against Maribor and he could be replaced in midfield by Milner. Lallana and Clyne are out with long term injuries but Mane is back in training, although this game might come too soon for him to start in. Sturridge could also come into the starting line-up with Salah and Firmino on either side of a three man attack.

 

Liverpool are bookmakers favourites here, but it remains to be seen which Liverpool defense that will turn up. They have conceded cheap goals against physical teams and we saw how susceptible they are when defending set pieces, which Carroll will fancy greatly and I feel West Ham will give quite a performance here. So I am a little cautious in backing an away win here at low odds, instead, I opt for the even quote on both teams getting on the scoresheet and over 2.5 goals as I believe this game will see a lot of goals.

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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Over 2.5 & Yes Bet365 2.00 8 1-4 WON (+8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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