Prediction

Liverpool vs. West Ham

Sunday, April 7th 2013, 13:30 CET

Liverpool didn’t manage to win those vital three points needed for their European hopes, and with only six games left in this year’s Premier League, the Reds are still in 7th position, three points short of Everton and seven of Arsenal. The game started with a minute’s silence for the victim’s of the Hillsborough disaster, when both teams and the supporters paid tribute to those supporters that lost their lives all those years ago.

Liverpool started the game rather strong, and dominated the game through and through, yet neither team was able to find a way to pierce the net. West Ham had one of the biggest chances through Diame, who managed to go through Liverpool’s defense and test Reina with a loft that hit the crossbar. From Liverpool, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard had their attempts at opening the score, yet their free kicks never reached the targets.

Lucas was the Reds’ hero, as the Brazilian was there to aid Reina in the last minutes of the game with a header that would have written history and not in a good way for Liverpool. Stewart Downing was out with an injury, and even though Sturridge replaced him, Liverpool lost their magic and didn’t have any more real chances to score, let alone finish the ones that still tried to get through. The same Sturridge managed to score, but the referee ruled it as an offside and denied the Reds another penalty, apart from the one fault of Tomkins against Gerrard.

And when only 10 minutes were left of the game, Liverpool threw every available player forward to try and score that winning goal, that would have taken them one step closer to Europe, but West Ham managed to close the defense, and even try out a corner through Diame in the last minute of the game, and yet the score remained unchanged.

West Ham’s manager recognized Liverpool superiority in the game, admitting that “They had the most possession but we had better chances in the game. The problem is that we don’t score. We had five players out including Andy Carroll, and he is our main striker. We created chances but not taking them meant we made life very difficult for ourselves in terms of having to keep defending” Brendan Rogers said that “”We are very frustrated. Obviously we didn’t get the three points I thought we were more than deserving of. We kept pushing from the very first minute. It was a game where you’ve either got to score early on to open it up, or you need that wee bit of luck to get a goal.”

While Liverpool did a great job in this game, and improved their style of playing at home, I still lost the bet I placed on them, since I was aiming for a victory. Therefore I am down 7 units from a bet placed with the odds from Bwin.

Result:-7 units, bet lost

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