The London Stadium will play host to an exciting Premier League match on Thursday (IST), as West Ham United welcome Liverpool in a clash between two sides who have been scoring plenty of goals.
West Ham are currently positioned at 13th place in the league standings and have struggled to find their rhythm this season. However, they will take confidence from their convincing 4-0 win over Bournemouth in their last outing and will aim to replicate that performance this week.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are placed seventh in the league table and have had a mixed bag of results this season. The team managed to secure a narrow 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest in their recent game and will be determined to up their game against West Ham.
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West Ham-Liverpool match preview
On Sunday, Newcastle United trounced Tottenham Hotspur in a seven-goal match, overshadowing West Ham’s triumph against Bournemouth, although it was still crucial for the Hammers. They won with a pair of headers from Michail Antonio and Lucas Paqueta, a brilliant Declan Rice finish, and a magnificent scorpion kick from Pablo Fornals.
West Ham is in 13th place in the Premier League, but they still have a game in hand to most of their relegation rivals. The team is only six points ahead of the relegation zone and cannot afford to be complacent. Despite this, they have shown recent progress, going unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions and losing just one of their last 10 games.
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West Ham has scored in every home game in the Premier League this year, except for one against Fulham, but they have only beaten Fulham in their last 20 matches against top-half teams. The Hammers have also qualified for the Europa Conference League semi-finals and will take on AZ Alkmaar.
Liverpool have only managed to win against Tottenham Hotspur in all their away matches to London-based clubs this season, and last season’s visit to the London Stadium resulted in a 3-2 defeat. However, the Reds have since won two 1-0 matches against West Ham in front of their home crowd at Anfield.
West Ham possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Paqueta; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Nunez, Jota
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West Ham-Liverpool prediction
Liverpool are in good form lately and have been playing well, with players like Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota performing well under Jurgen Klopp’s leadership.
On the other hand, West Ham United had a strong performance against Bournemouth, but they will need to maintain their momentum to avoid being in the relegation zone.
Despite this, Liverpool is the stronger team in this match and should come out on top.
Prediction: West Ham 1–2 Liverpool
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Date, kick-off time, venue
West Ham and Liverpool will compete against each other in the English Premier League at the London Stadium on April 26, at 12:15 am (IST).