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TOPIC: West Ham, home, Saturday 31st Jan, KO 1500 UK

West Ham, home, Saturday 31st Jan, KO 1500 UK 2 years 10 months ago #275

Liverpool are back in Premier League action on Saturday with the visit of West Ham United to Anfield; 3pm kick off UK time. The task is simple for the Reds: beat West Ham and we leapfrog them into 6th place (at least until Spurs face West Brom on Sunday). The Hammers secured a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the reverse fixture back in September (goals from Reid, Sakho and Amalfitano for West Ham, with Sterling scoring for the Reds), while Liverpool won the corresponding fixture last season 4-1.

Sam Allardyce’s side defeated Hull City 3-0 at home a fortnight ago, ending a four game winless sequence in the Premier League. They’ve picked up 13 points from a possible 30 on their travels this season and their tally of 16 goals away from home is only bettered by Chelsea (27), Manchester City (25) and Arsenal (18). They’ve kept five cleans sheets in the Premier League this season with all five coming at home, while three of Liverpool’s seven shut outs this season have came at Anfield. The Hammers have failed to score on three occasions – twice at home and once away – and in comparison Liverpool have failed to score on five occasions, three at home and twice away.

Liverpool’s overall league record against West Ham:

Total – P: 113 W: 60 D: 30 L: 23 F: 189 A: 105 GD: +84
Home – P: 56 W: 38 D: 15 L: 3 F: 108 A: 30 GD: +78
Away – P: 57 W: 22 D: 15 L: 20 F: 81 A: 75 GD: +6

Premier League form – last six matches home and away:

2nd – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 4 D: 2 L: 0 F: 12 A: 5 Pts: 14
10th – West Ham: P: 6 W: 2 D: 2 L: 2 F: 8 A: 6 Pts: 8

Premier League form – last six matches at home (Liverpool) and away (West Ham):

10th – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 2 D: 3 L: 1 F: 10 A: 7 Pts: 9
10th – West Ham: P: 6 W: 1 D: 3 L: 2 F: 7 A: 9 Pts: 6

Liverpool’s record against teams managed by Sam Allardyce (all competitions):

Total – P: 23 W: 13 D: 5 L: 5 F: 42 A: 25 GD: +17
Home – P: 12 W: 9 D: 2 L: 1 F: 25 A: 8 GD: +17
Away – P: 11 W: 4 D: 3 L: 4 F: 17 A: 17 GD: 0

The match-day officials for this fixture are:

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: S Ledger, M McDonough
Fourth Official: M Jones

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool are without Jones (thigh) and Flanagan (knee). Toure is on international duty with the Ivory Coast.

West Ham have doubts over Collins (groin) and Demel (muscular injury).

Liverpool:

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Johnson, Manquillo, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Enrique
Midfielders: Gerrard (c), Henderson, Lucas, Coutinho, Allen, Markovic, Lallana, Brannagan, Rossiter, Ojo
Forwards: Sturridge (?), Sterling, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini, Ibe

West Ham:

Goalkeepers: Adrian, Jaaskelainen
Defenders: Cresswell, Tomkins, O’Brien, Jenkinson, Collins (?), Demel (?), Henry, Burke, Potts
Midfielders: Nolan (c), Jarvis, Kouyate, Downing, Morrison, Noble, Amalfitano, Poyet, Song
Forwards: Carroll, Sakho, Cole, Valencia
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