Liverpool – West Ham 07.04.2013
I expect Liverpool to win.
Since the odds are too low, I decide to suggest something else – over 2.5 goals.
The Reds are in excellent home form. Liverpool have won five of their last six matches at Anfield, only the defeat from West Bromwich Albion spoiled the series. Liverpool was close to the victory even on that match, but the captain Steven Gerrard missed the penalty during the second half at 0:0.
Liverpool is also in good form generally. They have four victories in the last five matches in Premier League and all five matches were more than three goals.
The manager Brandon Rodgers like to play attacking way and I believe he will continue that way until the final match. Liverpool have nothing to calculate for. For this match Rodgers has no new injury worries, meaning only the long-term injury victims Martin Kelly, Joe Allen and Fabio Borini are sidelined.
Match: Liverpool – West Ham 14.30h
League: England Premier League
Our prediction: over 2.5 goals Odds: 1.60
West Ham is currently on 12th position, but they are only 5 points from the drop zone. The manager Sam Allardyce is satisfied with the last week’s win over West Bromwich Albion, but something else makes him nervous. West Ham won 3:1 on that match and two goals were scored by Andy Carroll. And Carroll can’t play on this match as he is loaned exactly from Liverpool. That means Carlton Cole will lead the Hammers attack. Cole has a poor season, he played 24 league games and scored only two goals.
West Ham away form is another problem for Allardyce. West Ham have suffered six defeats in the last seven matches as guest. The Hammers managed to beat Stoke at Britannia, but lost from Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham, Arsenal, Sunderland and Reading.
The tradition is completely on Liverpool side. The Reds have 9 wins on the last 10 mutual games against West Ham at Anfield. Liverpool was dominant on the last two occasions, scoring 6 goals and keeping the clean sheet.
I expect something similar again but for me goals is my first bet.