West Ham United v Liverpool Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 21st December 2019

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Despite only managing a draw against Leicester on Wednesday night, Liverpool were able to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points following Man City’s surprising defeat away at Newcastle United. They remain the odds-on favourite to claim a first ever Premier League trophy but it will only take a surprise defeat or two to change this situation.

West Ham will be hoping to be that side delivering one of the shock losses but they will need to make some stark improvements for this to happen. The Hammers put in an absolutely abject second-half performance at Wolves in mid-week, a showing so bad it left boss Manuel Pellegrini perplexed as to what went wrong.

Top Tips

Liverpool to Win with -1 Goal Handicap @ 10/11

Mohamed Salah to Score Anytime @ 8/11

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West Ham United News: Irons must wait for Gomez

West Ham United's London Stadium and Orbit
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West Ham's pursuit of Maxi Gomez seemed to span the entire length of the transfer window. There was still some hope of pushing through a deal on deadline day but the speculation amounted to nothing in the end as struggling Celta Vigo resisted his departure. Failure to negotiate a deal means that the Hammers will have to try and get the 22-year-old, dubbed the next Luis Suarez, in the summer. They will likely face plenty of competition for his signature though, especially with Barcelona reportedly keen on the Uruguayan.

Arnautovic hoping to be fit

On Tuesday night against Wolves, Marko Arnautovic suffered yet another injury problem. Landing badly after an aerial challenge, the mercurial forward was unable to continue, making it an even more miserable night for the Hammers. Despite leaving Molineux on crutches, scans have since revealed the Austrian only suffered bruising on his foot. The minor nature of the injury means there is a strong chance he’ll be fit enough to face Liverpool on Monday.

Inconsistent Hammers Still in Battle for Seventh

West Ham can’t quite manage to string a decent run together and just when it looks like they might, they seem to stumble. They began the year with a draw and two wins, including beating Arsenal, but since then things have taken a bad turn. Defeats to Bournemouth, AFC Wimbledon and Wolves have all been by at least two goals and things are going wrong at both ends of the pitch.

However, those three defeats have all come on the road, so the home faithful won’t be completely without hope here and may believe their side can turn things around. They are just four points behind seventh-placed Wolves and there is no doubt that finishing “best of the rest” would mark a fine season for the eastenders.

Liverpool News: Van Dijk senses fans’ nerves

Kop End Corner of Anfield Stadium in Liverpool
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The longer the scoreline stayed level against Leicester, the more anxious the crowd grew according to Virgil van Dijk. Although the defender said their concerns had no impact on him personally, he did call on the fans to be more positive in their approach. He told reporters that he wants the crowd to keep cheering them on, even during tough moments his teammates may find themselves in. The Dutchman did however reassure the Liverpool faithful by saying there’s really no need for them to be nervous at this moment in time.

Right back situation improves

On Wednesday night, Jurgen Klopp was forced to play Gini Wijnaldum out of position at right back as alternatives were so lacking. He’ll not need to play the Dutchman in an unfamiliar role this Monday though as James Milner is back having served his one game suspension. Trent Alexander-Arnold may also be available for selection after recovering well from his knee injury. It is thought however that Bournemouth on Saturday is a more likely return date for the 20-year-old.

Analysis: Pellegrini’s men stuck in a rut

West Ham haven’t lost more than three matches in a row under Manuel Pellegrini. They are on the brink of breaking this record however after suffering a poor patch of form. Two league defeats, added to an embarrassing FA Cup exit at the hands of Wimbledon, have rather sapped the life out of the previously vibrant Hammers. They need a lift here but they’ll do very well to find one against the league leaders.

Slump set to get worst for the Hammers

A lengthy injury list combined with a poor patch of form and an even worse head to head record bodes poorly for West Ham’s chances in this match. Earlier in the year they were playing with so much confidence but all traces of that have since been lost following their poor defeats to Wimbledon and Wolves. Liverpool did look a little nervy at times against Leicester but nothing to suggest that Klopp’s men are starting to buckle under the weight of expectation. Being away from home will perhaps afford them a little more freedom and with a more stable back four also available, the visitors have to be backed with a -1 handicap (10/11).

Salah able to cut through the Irons

It would be fair to think that Mohamed Salah is very much looking forward to this fixture. Not only is the Egyptian in fine form of late, having netted six goals in his last seven league appearances, but he’s always thrived when facing West Ham. Three times the 26-year-old has faced the London club and from this he’s scored four goals and twice been named man of the match. When also factoring in how leaky the West Ham defence has looked of late, the strong Golden Boot contender simply has to be backed to add to his goals tally (8/11) on Monday.

Recent Matches

West Ham have been trounced by Liverpool during their last four meetings but it didn’t used to be this way. Prior to this string of results, the London club were on a five game unbeaten run against the Reds across all competitions.

12th August 2018: Liverpool 4 – 0 West Ham United

Liverpool thrashed their London visitors, handing them their biggest opening home league win since 1932. Jurgen Klopp said the game went ever better than he could’ve expected and it really was an easy afternoon for his players. By the hour mark they were already three goals ahead thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and man of the match Sadio Mane. Daniel Sturridge then came off the bench late on to add the gloss to a classy victory.

24th February 2018: Liverpool 4 – 1 West Ham United

A fine away victory saw Liverpool move into second place with the result being described as ‘unbelievably important’ by their manager. The Merseysiders outshone their opponents all over the pitch, always in full control of the match. Their front three of Roberto Firmino, Mane and Salah all found the net and linked up dangerously throughout. Emre Can grabbed the other goal, heading home from a corner to claim Liverpool’s 100th goal of the season.

4th November 2017: West Ham United 1 – 4 Liverpool

Manuel Lanzini’s classy finish gave his teammates hopes of mounting a comeback in this match as he reduced the deficit by half. Hope would be incredibly short lived however as the Reds replied a mere minute later through Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain. Back on top once again, the visitors added another through Salah who had been a menace all game. The defeat proved to be the final straw for Hammers boss Slaven Bilic who was sacked just two days later.

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