Liverpool to stop defense lapses

Liverpool to stop defense lapses

Liverpool is looking to finally end their struggles defensively as they go against West Ham United who is enjoying their run recently. This match is an intriguing meeting in the Premier League, considering these two teams’ run in the contest. Additionally, both Liverpool and West Ham are coming from wins in this match. With that, expect Liverpool and West Ham to have a good momentum coming into this game. Liverpool is from a narrow 3-2 win against the Forest over the weekend. West Ham on the other hand, dominated Bournemouth on their last game, in a 4-0 win. West Ham will host Liverpool on April 27, 2023, at 2:45 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams have played a lot of matches against each other, as they met for 146 times prior to this match. From those 146 meetings, it was the visitors who holds the advantage, winning 80 of those matches. The hosts on the other hand only have 29 matches, while the remaining games ended in draw. However, on their meeting last season, it was the hosts who took home the 3-2 win. The hosts are hoping to win second consecutive home match against the visitors through this game. As for the visitors, although they lost in their meeting last season, they are still in a good momentum here. They actually won to 10 of their last 12 matches against the hosts, giving them a boost here.

Liverpool

Premier League: Liverpool
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Liverpool is currently at the seventh of the league table with 50 points across their names. Although a win in this match will make them retain their spot, it could give them a four-point lead against the team at the eighth. Additionally, a win here could bring Liverpool closer for a possible top five finish. However, there are many things Liverpool needs to address in order to win here. They need to step-up defensively, as it is one of their major issues they are facing here. Moreover, they have been inconsistent all season as well, one of the reasons why they were not able to enter the top four. They are fortunate enough to win against the Forest in a 3-2 win on their last match. Fortunately, they have guys who could step up for them like Darwin Nunez, and Diogo Jota.

Roberto Firmino, who sustained a muscle problem is expected to miss for their next three games, including this match. He joined Naby Keita, Stefan Bajcetic, and Calvin Ramsay on the sidelines.

West Ham United

Premier League: West Ham United
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West Ham is currently at the 14th of the league table with 34 points, as they remain to fight for their survival this season. If they win in this game, they will retain their spot in the standings, but it will also have a bigger gap with the team at the 15th. Although West Ham failed to be at their best this season, they have a good momentum here. They were able to thrash Bournemouth on their last match, winning by a 4-0 score line. Considering that result, they are aiming for the same result. However, it will not be easy for them, since they have issues that needs to be addressed here. They need to work harder in order to attain the same result for this match. If they fail to win in this match, they might fall into relegation battle, which is what they need to avoid.

As Gianluca Scamacca still recovers from his knee injury, he will be unavailable in this game. Angelo Ogbonna on the other hand passed fitness for this game after a back issue, so expect him to play here.

Prediction:

Liverpool (1.5)
Odds: 0.91

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