The final match of another round of fixtures in the Premier League comes from Anfield, as the champions elect Liverpool take on a struggling West Ham United side, in an intriguing clash on the Monday Night Football.
Liverpool looking to bounce back from European defeat
While unbeaten in the Premier League, and miles clear at the summit, the Reds go into the clash off the back of a loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last Tuesday. All eyes will be on them here to see how they respond to that.
They have still only dropped two points all season domestically, so they will be expected to win this match, and do so with a bit in hand, but they might have had their pride hurt, which could have turned them into a wounded animal here.
Struggling Hammers falling deeper into trouble
West Ham United go into the weekend in the bottom three, with their latest outing seeing them fall to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last week, a loss which extends their poor form to them being without a win in six outings, with David Moyes’ men picking up just five points from a possible 27 available.
If 40 points is the magical number to secure survival in the top flight this term, the Hammers are going to need to find 16 more from their final 12 matches, a task which looks tough enough, without having to go to fortress Anfield to start that run. Their outlook is beginning to look rather bleak.
West Ham really need something from this contest, but nobody has left this side of Stanley Park with so much as a point this season, and it is hard to see the Hammers bucking that trend here. The reverse meeting between these two saw Liverpool win 2-0 at the London Stadium last month, and something similar could occur here.
You are unlikely to get rich backing Jurgen Klopp’s men to win this match, but you can bump the price up to around even money if you back them to win to nil. Liverpool have only conceded a goal in one of their last 10 Premier League outings so this bet would have clicked in nine of those matches. West Ham are likely to employ damage limitation again, so that should be a winner for the tenth time in 11 Liverpool games.