West Ham vs Liverpool Prediction and Preview – 09/02/16
FA Cup preview – West Ham vs Liverpool prediction.
Sam Byram is in line to make his full debut for West Ham after moving from Leeds last month. The attacking right back has made two substitute appearances for his new club and could be given a start in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay against Liverpool with first choice right back Carl Jenkinson out with a knee injury. James Tomkins is sidelined with a hamstring problem and there are fitness concerns over fellow central defender Angelo Ogbonna. Checkhou Kouyate has been out of action with muscular problems which will give Pedro Obiang another opportunity to play in the cup. Andy Carroll came off the bench on Saturday after missing the last four games and should feature at some point.
Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren returned to the treatment table after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring problem in the 2-2 draw against Sunderland on Saturday and Kolo Toure is expected to join Steven Caulker in the middle of defence. Joe Allen is doubtful after picking up a knock at the weekend. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi are close to a comeback but may not be risked on Tuesday.
West Ham 4-3-3 formation: Randolph; Byram, Reid, Collins, Cresswell; Noble, Song, Obiang; Moses, Valencia, Payet
Liverpool 4-3-3 formation: Mignolet; Clyne, Caulker, Toure, Smith; Brannagan, Stewart, Henderson; Ibe, Benteke, Carlos
- West Ham have won 5 drawn 3 and lost 2 of their last 10 matches
- Liverpool have won 3 drawn 4 and lost 3 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, West Ham have scored an average of 1.4 goals and conceded an average of 0.8 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Liverpool have scored an average of 1.6 goals and conceded an average of 1.5 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 4 of West Ham’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Liverpool’s previous 10 matches
West Ham have not conceded against Liverpool in three meetings this season. The Hammers forced a replay in a goalless draw on Merseyside a week past Saturday and had previously won both Premier League fixtures, 2-0 at the Boleyn Ground in January and 3-0 at Anfield in August. West Ham are unbeaten in the last 11 home games in all competitions, winning four of the last five.
Liverpool have already reached the final of the Capital One Cup this season although it took penalties to get past League Two Carlisle and Stoke. The Reds took two games to eliminate League Two Exeter City in the FA Cup third round and have been finding it difficult to gain positive results since the start of the new year. They’ve registered one win in five league games in 2016 and on Saturday managed to throw away a two goal lead when conceding twice in the last ten minutes.
West Ham have been the most consistent of these two unpredictable sides in recent weeks and look good value for a home win.
West Ham to win at 6/4 with Coral
Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 with Coral
West Ham to win 1-0 at 18/1 with BetVictor
What are your predictions?