Jordan Henderson and his 3Lions protege Declan Rice will go head to head at the London Stadium on Sunday, who will edge this one? (Photo c...
|Jordan Henderson and his 3Lions protege Declan Rice will go head to head at the London Stadium on Sunday, who will edge this one? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
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 Sunday.
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.