West Ham vs Liverpool: Premier League preview

A comfortable 3-1 win at Crystal Palace last time out saw the Hammers move into the top four and that’s where they were return with a landmark win at the weekend.

Liverpool, meanwhile, appear to be overcoming their wobble after handily beating Tottenham in London. Another win in the capital will silence any discerning voices, though will again have to navigate an injury crisis in defence.

West Ham vs Liverpool is scheduled for an 4.30pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The match will be held behind closed doors at the London Stadium.

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TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

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.

Defender Joel Matip and midfielder Fabinho have been ruled out to give Liverpool manager Jurgen 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 and neither will play at the weekend.

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.

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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.

I’m expecting plenty of entertainment at the London Stadium. Honours even.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

  • West Ham wins: 28
  • Draw: 37
  • Liverpool wins: 77

Bettings odds and tips (subject to change)

  • West Ham: 7/5
  • Draw: 3/1
  • Liverpool: 3/4
  • 2-2 draw: 11/1

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