West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney, Noble, Taylor, Diame, Nolan, Downing, Carroll
West Ham United sit firmly in 11th place coming into their next game with back to back wins after suffering three consecutive losses. However, hosting a Liverpool on top form isn’t going to be easy at all as they try to register another win to make it three. Sam Allardyce will probably keep the same side he used during last weekend’s victory with hopes to get a positive result. The Hammer will still be without the services of James Collins as he is still nursing a calf injury with Winston Reid once again taking his place alongside James Tomkins. Big Sam wouldn’t want to make any more major changes with their form currently on the ups, with former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll looking to do some damage up top.
Liverpool (4-1-2-1-2): Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Allen, Coutinho, Sturridge, Suarez
Liverpool travel to West Ham already notching eight consecutive wins as their bids to become Premier League champions draws ever closer. Brendan Rodgers has now put his team top of the league two points ahead of second place Chelsea and four points ahead of Manchester City, who still have two games in hand. They need to grab all the wins they can before they play City in a title deciding match. The Liverpool manager has been making very few changes to his side since they began picking up consecutive wins with this weekend looking to be no different. Raheem Sterling could be dropped so that Rodgers can retain his diamond midfield with Joe Allen returning to the side and Philippe Coutinho continuing his place at the tip of the formation. The SAS strike force is ever present as the pair look to break the record for highest scoring Premier League duo.
@SkyFootball I’m a west ham fan,and a draw against liverpool isn’t happening
— Gavin Wells (@Gavinwells11) April 4, 2014
“Liverpool’s winning run will end this week (vs West Ham)” -Paul Merson-
— Fansuri (@izzatrahman) April 4, 2014
Off to England in 6 hours! Going to see Suarez and Sturridge destroy West Ham. This is the only time i will ever cheer for Liverpool
— Eoin Griffiths (@EoinGriffiths) April 4, 2014
West Ham United fans will surely remember this goal as Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard scores an amazing injury time equalizer in the FA Cup final where The Reds later went on to win by penalties.
Whenever Liverpool play, Luiz Suarez will always be the one to watch as he has shown in multiple occasions his dangers in and around the opponents box. A goal and an assist in his previous game brings his tally up to 28 and 23 respectively. Anytime he has the ball at his feet, fans and opponents alike will surely be expecting something.
West Ham United vs. Liverpool: An Alternative Preview
There have been three own goals in the last three Barclays Premier League meetings between the Hammers and the Reds.
Glen Johnson has scored in three of his last five Barclays Premier League games against former club West Ham, including the last two trips to the Boleyn Ground.
Liverpool have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 Premier League games against West Ham.
71 points after 32 games is a Premier League high for Liverpool and only in 1987-88 have they accrued more in the three-points-for-a-win era (76).
Liverpool have scored 88 goals this season, a record for any team after 32 matches of a Premier League season and have netted in their last 22 games since losing 0-2 away Arsenal.
Luis Suarez has scored six goals in his last five Premier League matches and is just two away from the Premier League record for a 38-game season (31) held by Alan Shearer (1995-96) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08).
60% of Liverpool’s goals have been scored in the first half, the highest proportion of any team in the top flight this season.
Liverpool have hit the woodwork more times than any other team this season (24), while West Ham’s uprights have been struck the most (20).
Liverpool have scored with one in every five shots attempted this season, a better rate than any other side in the top flight.
Liverpool have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League away from home (12).