London Stadium, London, England
Key Stat: West Ham United have won their last six consecutive matches in all competitions.
Expert Verdict: West Ham United are in excellent form but it is one thing beating teams struggling at the wrong end of the table and another maintaining that against the defending champions. Had Liverpool not got back to winning ways in mid-week, this tie may have looked trickier but the Reds can build on beating Spurs with a victory in this game.
In-form West Ham United can move ahead of Liverpool and into the top four if they can beat the defending champions when they meet in the Premier League at the London Stadium on January 31. The match, between the teams placed fifth and fourth in the league ahead of the weekend, kicks off at 16:30 local time.
Defenders:Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell
Midfielders:Declan Rice, Thomas Soucek
Attacking Midfielders:Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals
Defenders:Trent Alexander-Arnold, Rhys Williams, Jordan Henderson, Andrew Robertson
Midfielders:Curtis Jones, Thiago Alcantara, Gini Wijnaldum
Forwards:Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
West Ham United have lost seven of their last nine matches against Liverpool, drawing the other two. That includes defeats at home and away last season, in January and February, and then Liverpool’s 2-1 comeback victory at Anfield on Hallowe’en. Pablo Fornals put the Hammers in front, but Mo Salah’s penalty and Diogo Jota’s late strike sae the defending champions claim the win. Here are the results of their last five meetings:
Oct 31, 2020: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United
Feb 24, 2020: Liverpool 3-2 West Ham United
Jan 29, 2020: West Ham United 0-2 Liverpool
Feb 04, 2019: West Ham United 1-1 Liverpool
Aug 12, 2018: Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United
Liverpool are 3/4 favourites with Betway, Bet365 and 888sport to beat West Ham United in this match.
The Reds do have a makeshift – and wobbly – defence, however, and both teams to score has been set at 8/13 with Bet365.
At the other end, Mo Salah is 4/5 with 888sport to score at any time.
Liverpool got back to winning ways in mid-week and can build on that win by beating West Ham too – a result that will open up a gap between the two teams once again.