Kick-off: 2000, 24/02/2020
TV: Sky Sports
Liverpool must recover from a tough Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid but should still enjoy a routine win over West Ham at Anfield on Monday night.
The Hammers are in the Premier League relegation zone after Wednesday’s lifeless loss at Manchester City and will probably see this as another damage limitation exercise.
Punters can get 91/100 for the Reds to rattle off a sixth straight home win to nil in this competition and that is our initial Liverpool vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool have work to do in Europe after putting in a below-par display when going down 1-0 at a raucous Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Tuesday.
Saul Niguez struck after just four minutes and then the Reds struggled to break down Atletico’s stubborn rearguard.
“We’re very frustrated, it was a frustrating game,” admitted Virgil Van Dijk.
“We knew it was going to be a battle and very tough, because they are very organised. You have to be very patient and obviously the goal we conceded doesn’t help.
“But we are only halfway through, we are still positive, still confident. We know we are going to have chances.
“I think you have to be confident in your own ability and we will be. We have been so good so far this season.”
A three-week break until the second leg gives Liverpool time to regroup and focus on moving ever closer to a first domestic title triumph in 30 years.
Mohamed Salah will also be eyeing the chance to boost his hopes of a third straight Golden Boot win by netting this weekend.
He has struck five times in as many appearances against the Hammers, breaking the deadlock in three of those encounters.
Looking at the Liverpool vs West Ham odds, there is obvious appeal in 23/10 for him to score first again here.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
Liverpool will be without club captain Jordan Henderson after he suffered a hamstring injury in Madrid. Xherdan Shaqiri is the only other absentee, due to a calf problem.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham have picked up just two points in six league games following Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Etihad Stadium.
The Hammers had only 23 per cent of possession that night and no shots on target, with David Moyes looking keen to simply get that fixture out of the way.
United rarely got out of their own half and the Scot seems to be preparing for a similar scenario at Anfield.
He said: “I think the players’ spirit is actually very good, but everybody knows the difficulty of playing Manchester City away or Liverpool away.
“Everybody knows the majority of teams will find that very difficult to get something.
“Come the end of the season, goal difference may be important, but ultimately, the way to stay up is to win games and we will have opportunities in other games.”
Liverpool have won three of their last five league games at this venue 2-0, as well as prevailing by that margin at London Stadium a month ago, so 25/4 for that scoreline to come up again is fair value.
We also like 29/20 for the Reds to outscore their opponents between 30:01 minutes and half-time to complete our Liverpool vs West Ham betting tips.
Klopp’s side have enjoyed a 16-2 aggregate advantage during that period in matches this term!
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Snodgrass, Noble, Soucek, Antonio, Rice.
West Ham defender Ryan Fredericks misses out with a shoulder injury. Jack Wilshere (groin) and Andriy Yarmolenko (thigh) are still unavailable.
Atletico Madrid 1-0 LIVERPOOL
Man City 2-0 WEST HAM
Head-to-head: West Ham 0-2 Liverpool, West Ham 1-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-0 West Ham, Liverpool 4-1 West Ham, West Ham 1-4 Liverpool
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