Liverpool v West Ham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 12th August
Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marchCF96) previews Liverpool vs West Ham and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premier League lunch-time kick-off by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Liverpool v West Ham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 12/08/18
- Time: 13:30
- Venue: Anfield
Liverpool’s season starts this Sunday against West Ham, as they look to rival Manchester City for the title this season.
West Ham will be looking for an improved season this term and will enter the new campaign with nine new signings. Manuel Pellegrini took charge of his first pre-season with the Hammers and has signed the likes of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Lucas Perez and Jack Wilshere. They look strong enough to compete for a top 8 finish and maybe a Europa League spot.
As for the home side, they are 4/1 to win the title this year and look the best equipped to challenge City. The Reds have strengthened in key positions, in particular, in goal, with Alisson signed from Roma for £67 million. Naby Keita, who joined this summer, and Monaco defensive midfielder, Fabinho, add strength in midfield and Xerdan Shaqiri has been bought for some strength in depth going forward and has looked impressive in pre-season.
Looking at this game in particular, it is hard to see anything but a home win. Liverpool are 2/7 for the win, which means we have to look somewhere else for some value here. Liverpool have scored four goals in each of their last three games against West Ham and have been defeated by this weekend’s opposition at home just once since 1963.
With the attacking force Liverpool possess, it is always a good idea to back goals and Liverpool’s pre-season was no different. They managed 27 goals in their nine pre-season games, inclduing four against Manchester United and five against Napoli. Liverpool have not been beaten at home in the league in 21 matches suggests it looks very difficult for West Ham. However, with the signings they have made, they do pose more of a threat and they did win five of their seven pre-season games. Arnautovic, Yarmolenko and Anderson are all capable of causing Liverpool’s defence problems so both teams to score at EVENS looks very decent value.
Jurgen Klopp is waiting on the fitness of trio Joe Gomez, Fabinho and captain Jordan Henderson but is leaving a decision until last minute. Klopp is without Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan short-term, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss the majority of the season. New signings Alisson and Naby Keita look set for their debuts.
Manuel Pellegrini is without Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Andy Carroll for this game here, whilst new signing, Andriy Yarmalenko, is a slight doubt for the game. Deadline day singings Carlos Sanchez and Lucas Perez are unlikely to be fit enough to feature.
Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Potential West Ham Starting XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble, Wilshere; Yarmolenko, Anderson, Arnautovic
Head To Head
- Matches played: 115
- Liverpool wins: 62
- Draws: 29
- West Ham wins: 24
Key Stats & Facts
- Liverpool have scored four goals in each of their last three games against West Ham.
- Liverpool are undefeated at Anfield in their last 21 games in the league.
- There have been over 2.5 goals in the last four games between these two sides.
- Liverpool have scored at least two goals in 9 of their last 10 home league games.
- Liverpool – 2/7
- Draw – 23/4
- West Ham – 14/1
This game has the makings of a very entertaining fixture with both sides fielding quality in the attacking areas. Having said that, Liverpool were undefeated at home all of last season, winning 13 of their 19 games at Anfield, scoring 45 goals in the process, and you cannot see West Ham having too much joy here in terms of points. Liverpool seemed to have addressed the majority of their problem areas and have added some squad depth also, which makes them an attractive side to back this season. West Ham have the weapons to trouble Liverpool’s defence, especially as youngster Joe Gomez could deputise at centre-half but, overall, Liverpool should be too strong.