The Premier League is back in action in the midweek as West Ham United and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool square off at the London Stadium in a crucial match on Wednesday.
Wednesday night’s Premier League match between the Hammers and the Reds features two teams that enjoy scoring goals.
The weekend saw a 4-0 rout of Bournemouth by David Moyes’ squad, while a five-goal thriller at Anfield saw Liverpool edge Nottingham Forest.
In the Premier League rankings, West Ham United are presently in 13th place and has not played well this year. The Hammers destroyed Bournemouth 4-0 in their previous match, and they will have to put in a lot of effort to repeat that performance this week.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have been inconsistent this season and are now in seventh position in the league rankings. The Merseyside team narrowly defeated Nottingham Forest 3-2 at the weekend and will want to improve in this contest.
Predicted XI: West Ham United Vs Liverpool
Roberto Firmino will be sidelined for the Reds’ next three games with a muscular issue, joining Naby Keita (muscle), Stefan Bajcetic (adductor), and Calvin Ramsay (knee), according to Klopp, who made the announcement before the win against Forest.
The Reds manager will thus continue to use the same set of players from the tight victory against Forest, and despite Firmino’s absence, he is spoiled for options up top as Darwin Nunez battles for a recall to the starting lineup.
As Klopp shouldn’t be able to demote Jota, who might potentially become the first Liverpool player to score three straight Premier League braces since Luis Suarez in 2013, the Uruguayan may get his wish in place of Cody Gakpo.
Predicted XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Jones, Fabinho, Henderson, Salah, Nunez, Jota.
What we predict at Anfield Home
Liverpool have recently been in fantastic form and have found their footing. Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota, for example, have gotten comfortable in Jurgen Klopp’s team and will try to show their mettle in this match.
We predict West Ham 1-2 Liverpool.
West Ham United dominated Bournemouth but will have to put in a lot of effort to stay out of the relegation zone. However, Liverpool appears to be the superior team and should be able to prevail in this match.
An open and end-to-end contest should occur at the London Stadium with so much still on the line for two teams that have scored goals with relative ease recently, especially with Liverpool still prone to the occasional defensive slip-up.
Clean sheets are unlikely to be on the menu, as was the case in this matchup last year, and we can envision West Ham adopting an offensive stance if Liverpool’s inconsistent play on the road persists. However, we believe the Scousers will come off victorious in this midweek battle.