West Ham face a real test of their recent form today as Premier League champions Liverpool head to east London.
David Moyes’ Hammers have won their last six games, and would leapfrog Liverpool with a seventh straight victory this afternoon.
A 3-2 win at Crystal Palace last time out saw the Hammers move into the top four – and that’s where they would return with a landmark win against Jurgen Klopp‘s men.
Liverpool, meanwhile, appear to be overcoming their wobble after winning 3-1 at Tottenham on Thursday.
Man City’s impressive recent run has marked out Pep Guardiola’s side as favourites to take Liverpool’s crown, so the champions will want to make another statement here though Jurgen Klopp will again have to navigate an injury crisis in defence.
With kick-off at 4:30pm GMT, follow all the match action and analysis on our LIVE blog with Jack Rosser at London Stadium.
No Mane for Liverpool; Firmino on bench
The headline team news from a Liverpool perspective is the absence of Sadio Mane, who misses out with what Liverpool have described as a “minor muscle injury”.
His place in attack is taken by Xherdan Shaqiri, while Nat Phillips partners Jordan Henderson at centre-back from the start this afternoon with Joel Matip and Fabinho both sidelined along with long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Roberto Firmino is only a substitute, with Divock Origi also starting.
Adrian is one of two goalkeepers on the bench, along with Caoimhin Kelleher.
Moyes names unchanged XI
West Ham are completely unchanged from their 3-2 win at Crystal Palace in midweek – both in terms of the starting XI and their bench.
Arthur Masuaku and Darren Randolph remain the only absentees.
Liverpool team news
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Henderson, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Milner, Shaqiri, Origi, Salah.
Subs: Firmino, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, R Williams, Kelleher, N Williams
West Ham team news
Starting XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio
Subs: Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Noble, Diop, Fredericks, Martin, Johnson, Odubeko
Full team news is expected in the next five minutes or so, and we have Jack Rosser in place at the London Stadium for all the latest news, reaction and analysis.
Head to head (h2h) results
West Ham XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio
Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Phillips, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Liverpool
West Ham are looking to equal a club-record seven wins on the trot and face a Liverpool team weak at the back but look to have their groove back up front. Expect plenty of entertainment at the London Stadium.
Liverpool early team news
Joel Matip and Fabinho have been ruled out to give Klopp more problems at centre-back.
Matip injured ankle ligaments in Thursday’s win at Tottenham, a match Fabinho – who has been Klopp’s preferred cover in central defence – sat out with a minor muscle problem.
It means Klopp is likely to field either Nat Phillips or Rhys Williams alongside Jordan Henderson, himself a stop-gap centre-back, in what will be their 12th different partnership in the Premier League this season.
West Ham early team news
West Ham have an almost fully-fit squad, with wing-back Arthur Masuaku the only injury absentee as he recovers from knee surgery.
Jesse Lingard will have to wait for his debut as his loan switch from Manchester United was not registered in time.