West Ham United fans may be wondering just what it takes for their team to be taken seriously. The side is challenging for European positions for the second season in succession and the Hammers come into Sunday’s game (TV: Live on Sky Sports) on the back of a 4-1 demolition of Aston Villa.
They have home advantage in this contest yet Liverpool are clear favourites for the three points in this 4.30pm kick off. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds look set for a genuine Premier League title challenge this season but West Ham’s overall form suggests that there could be some value in this fixture for our EPL match preview to find.
The win for Liverpool is shown at odds-on figures across the board with a top price coming in at 3/4 in places. The draw is the next available option at a general 3/1 while a win for West Ham can be found at 15/4.
That 4-1 win at Villa Park last week capped an emphatic display but the Hammers have produced a number of impressive performances since the start of the season. David Moyes’ men also put four goals past Newcastle United and Leicester City at the very beginning of the campaign and they have since beaten Spurs, Leeds and Everton.
We’ve talked up West Ham’s chances but we should acknowledge that this Liverpool side is close to replicating the form shown during their dominant title-winning season of two years ago. Currently, Klopp’s men are in second place in the league, three points off leaders Chelsea.
Last weekend, Liverpool dropped points at home to Brighton and that 2-2 draw would have disappointed fans after their 5-0 thumping of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, both teams were in European action in midweek: Liverpool won 2-0 at home to Atletico Madrid while West Ham drew 2-2 in Belgium against Genk. We shouldn’t, perhaps, pay too much attention to those results, especially as the Hammers made several changes to their starting XI.
Overall, West Ham may have a very marginal edge in terms of form but it’s all very evenly matched ahead of kick off.
WHUFC vs LFC Side Betting Markets
The Hammers will have to keep Mohamed Salah quiet and that won’t be easy as the Egyptian striker has been prolific since the start of the season. Salah bagged a hat trick in that win over Manchester United and he now has ten goals in ten league matches in this campaign.
It’s no surprise that Mo Salah is a clear favourite to open the scoring and he’s quoted for Sunday’s match at best industry odds of 17/5. Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino follow with all players listed at 11/2 in places.
For West Ham, the list of options starts with Michail Antonio at 7/1 while other picks include Andriy Yarmolenko at 9/1 and Tomas Soucek at 14/1.
Two attacking sides are always likely to produce short odds in the goals markets and that’s the case for the London Stadium on Sunday. Both Teams to Score is quoted at a best of just 6/11 while the top price to back Over 2.5 combined goals is 8/15. We can push one step higher and claim 11/8 on Over 3.5 goals but maybe this is a week to look at other options.
The popular Correct Score picks for Sunday may include the 2-2 draw which is on offer at a general 12/1. Alternatives include a 3-2 win for Liverpool at best odds of 20/1 while the same outcome in favour of the Hammers is available at a general 25/1.
Our Preview’s WHU vs LFC Betting Tips Verdict
They may be second in the table but Liverpool are just two points and two places ahead of West Ham as they come into this game. They are also conceding home advantage in this match and, at the very least, it should be a tighter 90 minutes than the match odds are suggesting.
We’ve hinted at the draw all the way through this preview so let’s back that up by making it the first tip. West Ham seem hugely underrated in this match and there is definite value in a share of the points.
Trends aren’t always there to be followed but these are two attacking sides and it’s rare to see either of them draw a blank. Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 goals look likely but neither carry particularly generous odds. For that reason, we’ll finish by backing Roberto Firmino to find the net in 90 minutes. The Brazilian has four goals in eight league games and has been a regular contributor during his time at Anfield.
So these are our betting tips for this West Ham vs Liverpool Premier League match preview: