Liverpool vs. West Ham
Sunday, April 7th 2013, 13:30 CET
On Sunday, Anfield will open its doors to a game with little importance for the guests, except pride, while Liverpool is still on the run for points that will give them a Europa League spot. Bwin offers one of the best odds for this game, that’s why we’re going to go on their hand.
West Ham comes from an excellent win against West Bromwich Albion, 3-1, with goals from Andy Carroll and Gary O’Neil; one could easily see the contrast, as West Brom was putting little to no effort to stop a terrific West Ham. Liverpool is straight out of a win against Aston Villa, and Steven Gerrard’s penalty helped the Reds (dressed in black), to overcome the early deficit and beat Aston Villa at home. Henderson managed to finish a brilliant pass from Coutinho, who also managed to help Gerrard get the penalty to secure Liverpool’s win.
Liverpool has two sidelined players, Allen and Borini, both out for several months due to shoulder injuries, and an expected date of return around June. Mark Noble from West Ham is out with an arm injury, and has no definite date to return to training; they also have an important absence in Mulumbu, who was sent off against West Brom after kicking a ball at Gary O’Neil after being fouled. He will have to serve a three match ban and miss his team’s important games against Arsenal, Newcastle and Southampton.
The teams are separated by 12 points, and their last 7 games ended with five wins from Liverpool, only one from West Ham and that was two years ago. James Collins said that his side is “Full of confidence again. Obviously we weren’t too happy with the result at Chelsea, but we’ve put things right and got the win against West Brom. We’ll have a good week’s training and head to Anfield looking to get our first back-to-back wins of the season.” Liverpool’s captain is aware of his team’s problems, saying that they are on the place they should be, but that “What we need to do is put pressure on for that European place. A lot of the teams above us need to play each other. We’re hoping there are a few slip ups above us and we can capitalize, but it’s important that we take maximum points.”
Since I trust Steven Gerrard’s judgment, I’ll have to go with Liverpool’s win and bet 7 units at 1.34 with odds from Bwin.
The game is set to start at Anfield Road at 13:30, GMT+1
Liverpool to win at 1.34.