Upton Park is set to host the first Premier League clash of 2016 as West Ham get ready to take on Liverpool, with punters and fans able to take advantage with Paddy power, who offer Liverpool at the whopping price of 6/1.
The match looks set to be a tight, closely-fought battle between two teams who are only separated by a point in seventh and eighth place.
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A win for either team could see them push up to fifth place in the table, putting pressure on the top four, depending on how results pan out for Manchester United and Crystal Palace. A loss for either team leaves them vulnerable to being leapfrogged by in-form Watford or Stoke.
A win would be an acceptable outcome for either side as it would leave the possibility of a top four spot come the end of the season.
Home side West Ham are coming off the back of a 2-1 home victory against Southampton. It will be the Irons’ third game in the congested fixture period and boss Slaven Bilic will be hoping his team’s fitness does not work against them on Saturday.
His hopes are boosted by the fact that Dimitri Payet has been named in the match day squad after experiencing a lengthy absence due to an ankle problem. Aaron Cresswell’s availability will be a last-minute decision due to a hamstring complaint while Victor Moses and Winston Reid are unexpected to be fit enough for Saturday’s encounter.
Jurgen Klopp has been in the media this week after having a war of word with Sam Allardyce in a verbal spat which apparently required the police to intervene in order to keep things calm. Klopp will be hoping it is his team’s football which does the talking this weekend. Liverpool have looked like a team reborn thanks to the German manager’s infectious energy – they will be hoping to achieve more consistency on the field however.
Liverpool’s chances of an away win have been boosted by the news that frequently injured striker Daniel Sturridge will be available to play.
The rare glimpses of Sturridge under Klopp have been very promising indeed. The Reds are set to be without the services of Jordan Henderson, Divock Origi and James Milner.
Liverpool are favourites to win, at evens, but this seems to be overly generous considering two of their previous three Premier League away contests have been losses to Watford and Newcastle. West Ham, on the other hand, are undefeated at home in their last three matches.
The busy run of fixtures is likely to take a toll on both teams and almost anything could end up happening.