Premier League Picks West Ham vs. Liverpool
Can the Hammers get a draw again against the undefeated Reds?
Achieving a draw against Liverpool is a merit that very few teams have achieved this season. While it was last season, the Hammers are among the few teams that have reached the merit of drawing 1-1 against the Reds. That result is what the West Ham must visualize to fight Liverpool this Wednesday.
This game had to be played last year but was reprogrammed by Liverpool’s agenda in the club world cup. Now the Reds are heading to London Stadium in search of their 15th consecutive victory and continue breaking records on the way to winning the Premier.
Let’s analyze the home team. The Hammers fight to stay away from the relegation positions. They are currently in position number 17 and are tied in points with Bournemouth and Watford, all with 23. The difference in goals is what would allow the Hammers to remain in the Premier, but that difference in goals can be jeopardized when faced with one of the most dangerous striker power of the Premier. West Ham goes through one of the worst moments in its history. Last December, they fired coach Manuel Pellegrini for the poor performance of the team and not meet the expectations of keeping the team in the top 10 of the table. In replacement, David Moyes came an old acquaintance of the Premier for having directed Everton and Manchester United. Moyes has failed to lift the team, and its performance continues to worsen. The Hammers have lost its last 4 games. The recent defeat against West Brom by the FA Cup is one of the most humiliating since the Hammers had a numerical advantage from the 72nd minute due to the expulsion of Semi Ajayi. Despite having only 10 men on the field, West Brom Albion managed to maintain the 1-0 result that they achieved through a goal from Conor Townsend at minute 9.
Moyes will not be able to count on some important players for the game against Liverpool, including Robert Snodgrass and Lukas Fabianski. The latter is scheduled to return to the training field until February due to his injury.
As we already mentioned, drawing with Liverpool is not an easy task, and that’s what the Shrewsbury Town manage to do in the last game of the fourth round of the FA Cup against the Reds. The amazing thing about all this is that Town is a third division team that currently ranks 16th in that league and has lost its last 7 games. Despite being an insect-sized team next to an elephant-like Liverpool, the Town overcome a defeat of 0-2 in just 10 minutes, forcing the replay of the game.
The reds went out in this FA Cup match with an alternative team led by youngsters like Curtis Jones, who would score the first goal for Liverpool at minute 15. Donald Love would give the advantage to the reds at minute 46 with an own-goal. When everything seemed sealed in favor of the Reds, Jason Cummings would enter the field from the Town bench and would become the hero scoring at minute 65 from the penalty spot and then at minute 75.
Many analysts say that Liverpool could be reaching its limit and that the players are tired after a hectic end-of-year calendar. Tying with a third division team does not leave those who were led by Klopp very well in their aspirations to win the Premier League undefeated. In any case, West Ham does not look like the team that will achieve the miracle of defeating the reds for the first time this season. A Liverpool victory is quite certain. Liverpool -300