Preview - West Ham United vs Liverpool 04 February 19

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Match Day 25
West Ham United vs. Liverpool
Monday, February 4th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United: 
Last five matches form: L D W L L
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.54
Top Scorer: Felipe Anderson ( 8 )

Last five matches form: W L W W D
Average goals against per match: 2.29
Average goals against per match: 0.58
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (16)

The next instalment in the Premier League title race comes in the final fixture of Match Day 25, as League leaders Liverpool head to the London Stadium to take on 12th placed West Ham United. Depending upon how the City vs Arsenal game goes, Liverpool could be anything between two and eight points clear at the top at the end of this game.

It would be fair to say that West Ham haven't fared well at all against Liverpool of late, with the Red's putting four past the Hammers in each of their past four encounters, including a 4-0 win ar Anfield earlier in the season and a 4-1 victory in this game last year.

West Ham have their usual array of injuries headed into this. Fabián Balbuena, Jack Wilshere, Lucas Pérez, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sánchez, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid the men to miss out this time. Liverpool will be without Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

West Ham picked up a big win against Arsenal in their most recent game here but have been a little mixed at home overall with five wins and five defeats from their twelve games to date. Awful away at Wolves in the week, and not much better before that at Bournemouth, they will be in big trouble if turning up in the same sort of form here.

Liverpool were certainly nowhere near their best when being held to a draw at home to Leicester last time out. They have won eight of eleven overall away from home, with their only dropped points coming in a defeat to Manchester City and draws at Chelsea and Arsenal. The Hammers aren't in the same league as any of those sides and we expect them to be put to the sword in this one.

Prediction: West Ham United 0 - 3 Liverpool


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  9 - 11
Shots on target: 2 - 8
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 34% - 66%

Just the one booking for each side at the London Stadium, with referee Kevin Friend taking the names of Chicharito of West Ham United and Joel Matip of Liverpool.

They may have come out comfortably on top in the stats, but this was undoubtedly something of a subdued performance from league leaders Liverpool. Lacking their usual attacking verve, they were given plenty to think about a West Ham side who posted a vastly improved display from their recent efforts. There's even a decent case to be made that the Hammers were a little unlucky not to have come away with all three points.

West Ham took the game to Liverpool from the off here with Chicarito having a good chance early only to fire narrowly wide.

It was however Liverpool who took the lead in the 22nd minute. Inspired quick feet and skill from Adam Lallana out on the right to flick the ball though to James Milner. Milner playing in a low ball to find Sadio Mané who did really well to control, spin and fire into the bottom left from around seven yards. On watching the goal back though, this never should have stood as Milner was at least two yards offside when receiving the ball from Lallana.

The home side claimed a deserved equaliser just six minutes later. Clever free kick routine from around 35 yards out on the right-hand side seeing Felipe Anderson put Michail Antonio clean through in the right of the area. Excellent drilled finish into the bottom left from Antonio from around 12 yards. 1-1 at the break.

Not much in the way of clear chances in the second half until Liverpool almost won it with just about the last kick of the game. Divock Origi well placed around seven yards out, but only able to scuff his effort at Lukasz Fabianski. 1-1 it finished.

Seven points clear only a week or so ago, Liverpool's lead at the top is now down to three points. Manchester City will go top on goal difference should they beat Everton in midweek, although Liverpool will then have a game in hand. An excellent performance and point from West Ham who stay twelfth.


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