West Ham v Liverpool odds – Back Suarez and Sturridge to fire Reds to Premier League summit
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Liverpool will look to take back their position at the top of the Premier League when they travel to London to take on West Ham United.
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The Reds moved top of the table with 6 games to go last weekend when they beat Spurs 4-0 at Anfield, the win coupled with Chelsea’s surprise defeat at Crystal Palace enough to move Brendan Rodgers’ side two points clear.
Liverpool are the form team of the Premier League and they will head to Upton Park looking for their ninth straight win and without a defeat in 2014 in the league.
West Ham meanwhile moved 11th into table with a 2-1 win over Sunderland, a result that all but secured their place in the Premier League for next season. While the mathematical possibility of relegation still exists the Hammers will be confident that they have maintained their status for the next campaign.
Three former Liverpool players, Andy Carroll, Joe Cole and Stewart Downing will come face to face with their former team-mates with the task of putting a massive dent in their title ambitions. Carroll has had an injury hit season to date but looked sharp in the win at Sunderland scoring one and claiming an assist for the other.
Carroll in particular will be keen to show his former employers what they’re missing after failing to make an impression at Anfield. Since returning from injury the former Newcastle striker has scored 2 goals in 9 appearances and has proved the catalyst for a run of form that includes two wins on the trot, and just one defeat in the four games he has started.
While Carroll and indeed Downing & Cole will be out to make life difficult, Liverpool will be in confident mood given their recent good form and strong record against West Ham. The club have won seven and drawn two of the last 10 meetings between the two sides and they will head into the clash having scored in each of their last 22 games.
The club have scored 88 league goals this season, a record after 32 games and were last shut out by a London side, Arsenal, back in November.
Liverpool won 4-1 when the two sides met at Anfield in December with Luis Suarez scoring a brace.
Rodgers is unlikely to tinker with his side too much for the encounter although he could decide to bring in the more defensive minded Lucas to protect his back four although the Brazilian has fallen behind Joe Allen in recent weeks after his return from injury. Jose Enrique is the only doubt for Liverpool.
West Ham meanwhile are unlikely to make too many changes after two successive wins with Joey O’Brien and Marco Borriello while Matt Jarvis and James Collins will be assessed and could return.