West Ham vs Liverpool Preview
Watch West Ham vs Liverpool Preview, as both clubs meet on the premier league contest on today night at London stadium.
As David Moyes’s team had a victory in 4-0 over Bournemouth on last weekend, waiting for having a clashing with Nottm forest in a Five goal Anfield.
A pair of headers from Michail Antonio and Lucas Paqueta before a fine Declan Rice finish put the game to bed before the break, and channelling his inner Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pablo Fornals saved the best for last with a sumptuous scorpion kick at the Vitality Stadium.
Having also thrashed Gent 5-2 on aggregate to reach the Europa Conference League semi-finals where they will take on Eredivisie powerhouses AZ Alkmaar things are starting to look up for the Hammers, who are looking up the table themselves as they occupy 13th place in the rankings before Tuesday’s games kick off.
While having a game in hand on most of their relegation rivals, West Ham are only six points clear of the drop zone and are not home and dry just yet, but David Moyes‘s side have certainly kicked into gear at a crucial time, going unbeaten in their last five games in all tournaments and losing just one of their last 10.
From being humbled 5-1 by Newcastle to storming back in a 2-2 draw with league leaders Arsenal at home, West Ham have scored in all of their top-flight games at the London Stadium in 2023, but only Fulham have been beaten in the hosts’ last 20 games against top-half sides.
Team News and Injury
There has been little movement in the West Ham infirmary lately, and Moyes should only be working without misfiring striker Gianluca Scamacca as the Italian recovers from knee surgery the Hammers boss admitted that he knew little about what exactly the procedure entailed, though.
Angelo Ogbonna was passed fit to make the bench against Bournemouth after shaking off a back problem, which he sustained in the first leg against Gent, and Moyes should see no reason to disrupt the harmony of a winning team, forcing ex-Liverpool man Danny Ings to accept a substitute role against his former club.
However, Fornals should certainly give Moyes food for thought in the final third following his sublime finish against Bournemouth, and the Spaniard enjoys playing Liverpool more than any other Premier League team, having struck three goals against them in the past.
As for Liverpool, Klopp revealed before the win over Forest that Roberto Firmino would miss the Reds’ next three games with a muscular problem, joining Naby Keita (muscle) Stefan Bajcetic (adductor) and Calvin Ramsay (knee) on the sidelines.
The Reds boss will therefore be working with the same group of players from the nervy win over Forest, and he is spoiled for choice up top despite Firmino’s absence, as Darwin Nunez fights to earn a recall to the firing line.
The Uruguayan may get his wish in place of Cody Gakpo, as Klopp should be in no position to demote Jota, who could now become the first Liverpool player to score three successive Premier League braces since Luis Suarez in 2013.
West Ham vs Liverpool head-to-head stats
Liverpool have an excellent record against West Ham United and have won 80 out of the 146 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to West Ham United’s 29 victories.
West Ham United won this fixture by a 3-2 scoreline last season and last won home league games in consecutive seasons in Liverpool seven years ago. Liverpool have won 10 of their last 12 matches against West Ham United in the Premier League, with their previous defeat coming away from home in 2021.
Liverpool have won only one of their six games away from home against teams from London in the Premier League this season, with their only such victory coming against Tottenham Hotspur in November last year.
After a run of three consecutive defeats at home in the Premier League, West Ham United have lost only one of their last six such games in the competition.
West Ham vs Liverpool Prediction
With so much still on the line for two sides who have had few problems finding the back of the net in recent matches, an open and end-to-end encounter should ensue at the London Stadium, especially with Liverpool still prone to a defensive lapse or two.
As was the case in this fixture last season, clean sheets are unlikely to be on the menu, and we can picture West Ham holding out for a high-scoring draw as Liverpool’s inconsistency on the road continues.