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FA Cup: Liverpool vs West Ham preview

Kick off: Saturday, 30 January @17:30 GMT

Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

West Ham vs Liverpool 2-0 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Liverpool vs West Ham 0-3 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Liveprool vs West Ham 2-0 (2014/2015 Premier League)
West Ham vs Liverpool 3-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
West Ham vs Liverpool 1-2 (2013/2014 Premier League)

Liverpool vs West Ham prediction

After making it to the Capital One Cup final, Liverpool will be looking to extend their winning run to four matches when they face West Ham United in the FA Cup last 32. The Hammers have established themselves as giant killers and it remains to be seen if they are capable of spoiling Liverpool’s party at Anfield.

Reds high on confidence

Liverpool showed character in a thrilling 5-4 win over Norwich at the weekend and, to make things even better for the fans, the Reds made to the Capital One Cup final thanks to a win over Stoke City (on penalties). Jurgen Klopp’s men have not been impressive of late, but they have been recording good results and sometimes that is all that counts. Liverpool sit in seventh place in the Premier League standings at the moment and they face West Ham United in the FA Cup last 32. The Reds outplayed Exeter City 3-0 in the FA Cup replay earlier in January, but the Hammers are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Jurgen Klopp’s charges. Roberto Firmino has been producing fine performances in 2016 and the opposition defenders could find it hard to contain the Brazilian attacker.

Joe Gomez, Martin Skrtel, Philippe Coutinho, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are all likely to miss the match with injury. Nathaniel Clyne should recover in time to face West Ham United.

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Hammers aim to claim yet another major scalp

West Ham United have been producing scintillating displays under Slaven Bilic. The Hammers sit in the top half of the Premier League standings ahead of Matchday 24 and they set up a meeting with Liverpool in the FA Cup last 32 by beating Wolves 1-0 at their Boleyn Ground. The capital club are definitely enjoying a season to remember as they have defeated the likes of Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and they are certainly capable of upsetting Jurgen Klopp’s men once again. West Ham played out a 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the weekend, with Enner Valencia scoring a brace for Slaven Bilic’s troops. Both Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho are sidelined with injuries and the Colombian attacker is taking advantage of the situation in the best possible way. The Hammers have recorded only one win in previous seven games in all competitions, but the fact that they defeated Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of the FA Cup game.

Carl Jenkinson, Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll are all out of contention through injury, but Slaven Bilic has no other selection worries ahead of the trip to Liverpool.

Quick Facts

  • Liverpool scored eight goals in previous three games
  • Reds suffered their last home defeat in the FA Cup back in 2010
  • West Ham failed to keep a clean sheet in previous three away matches
  • Over 2.5 goals were score in each of last three West Ham’s games
  • Hammers are eyeing their third consecutive win over Liverpool

Liverpool vs West Ham betting tip

Both Liverpool and West Ham have been scoring goals for fun of late. Jurgen Klopp can’t count on the defensive duo Skrtel-Lovren and that is the main reason why the Anfield outfit have been struggling at the back of late. West Ham, on the other hand, scored twice in the draw against Manchester City at the weekend and seeing that they have already claimed several major scalps this season, I would not be surprised if the visitors find the net in Saturday’s FA Cup game.

Tip: Both teams to score

Odds: 1.83 (5/6) @BetVictor

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