As a former Everton and Man United boss, David Moyes won’t be expecting the warmest of welcomes at Anfield, but he is going some way to restoring his managerial reputation in East London. West Ham are edging clear of the relegation scrap and will fancy they can make a game of this against an inconsistent Liverpool side.
The Reds cruised to an impressive 5-0 win at Porto in the Champions League last week in a game that once again showcased they still pose a huge attacking threat, even without Philippe Coutinho. However it won’t be lost on Liverpool fans that their last performance of that quality, a 4-3 win over Man City, was immediately followed by defeats to Swansea and West Brom.
One way or another, there’s usually plenty of action whenever Jürgen Klopp’s men take to the field. This game should be no exception and there’s reason to think we will see goals and not just at one end.
West Ham have scored at least once in all of their last 10 Premier League games. Both teams scored in 8 of those matche,s so this Irons side has been anything but a typical Moyes outfit and they may feel as though their best chance in this game may be trying to expose Liverpool’s defensive weaknesses, which still remain despite the signing of Virgil van Dijk.
All of Liverpool’s last five home games have seen both teams score. Indeed they’ve conceded 8 times in their last 240 minutes of football at Anfield, with Man City, West Brom and Spurs all managing to score twice or more so there should be plenty to encourage West Ham’s forward players here. However, the visitors will clearly find it tough to stop a Liverpool side that averages 2.26 goals per game in the league this term, the second best record in the English top flight. Therefore, backing Both Teams to Score certainly looks like a good bet here.
In addition there looks to be value in backing West Ham Double Chance. Liverpool are as short as 1/5 to win this match with some bookies and there’s no value to be found there. Liverpool have only won 1 of their last 8 home games by more than a single goal margin so almost all of their recent outings at Anfield have been close matches and with West Ham going well and scoring goals, they are capable of upsetting the odds and leaving with a point.
Head To Head
Liverpool have won the last two meetings, both of which were in East London but West Ham have a decent record at Anfield, avoiding defeat on their last three visits.
Liverpool vs West Ham United Stats
- West Ham have scored in 74% of their league games this term.
- 52% of Liverpool games in the Premier League have seen both teams score.
- The same is true of 56% of West Ham games.