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Westham vs LiverpoolLondon Stadium5:30pm
Westham are in unfamiliar territory, except they get a strange hammering in the hands of the Kops they are guaranteed to head into the international break right in the top four of the premier league.
Liverpool can close the gap between
them and Chelsea to just one point after the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by
Burnley at the Stamford Bridge Stadium on Saturday, and with Manchester City
winning at Old Trafford, the pressure in on Jurgen Klopp’s side to deliver on
Westham have established themselves
as a force in the premier league, they finished sixth last term and have been
impressive in the current season, the likes of Said Benrahma, Michail Antonio
and Jarrod Bowen have given them attacking bite, they can only get better.
Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by
Brighton last weekend, a result that saw them lost ground in the title race but
they can claw that back if they do their business cleanly at the London Stadium
against David Moyes’ side.
Both teams were in action in Europe
during the week with Liverpool booking their place in the champions league
round of 16 with a convincing win over Atletico Madrid while the Hammers were
held to a 2-2 draw by RC Genk but they still sit top of their group and well
placed to advance.
Westham will not be shy to attack
and they will take their chances when they do have them, they have a lot to do
defensively to attempt to stop Mohammed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane as the
visitors will be without the injured Roberto Firminho.
Westham’s strength will be on the
aerial front and set pieces, but they will have to deal with Virgil Van Dijk
and Fabinho in that regard with the latter returning to full fitness after
injury layoff that saw him miss key games for the Kops.
Liverpool need to win to ensure that
they close the gap on the leaders Chelsea while Westham won’t want to exit the
top four, although they seem safe for this round after United lost at home to
their city rivals 2-0 earlier on Saturday.
Both sides are on identical form,
four wins and a draw in the last five but recent head to head between these two
hand Liverpool the full advantage with Westham losing four of the last five to
the Reds and only a solitary point out of a possible fifteen.