Liverpool vs West Ham United Preview

August 11, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Premier League

Sunday’s Premier League action from Anfield sees Liverpool take on West Ham United.

Jurgen Klopp’s side finished fourth last season though many are tipping them to push Manchester City all the way this time around after making some eye-catching signings this summer.

Goalkeeper Alisson is set to make his debut though fellow Brazil international Fabinho is ill while Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita, who is now with the Reds having signed in January will could be involved.

World Cup finalist Dejan Lovren is not yet fit while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for the season with a knee injury.

Last season’s Golden Boot winner Mo Salah is favourite to open the scoring at 3.5 (5/2) with a variety of firms ahead of 5.0 (4/1) shot Robert Firmino.

The home win is widely available at 1.25 (1/4) with the visitors as highly priced as the 14.0 (13/1) on offer from some bookmakers. The draw can be backed at 5.5 (9/2) with most firms.

The Hammers have also been busy in the transfer market shelling out almost £100m on no less than nine new signings while the have a new manager in the dugout – former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Felipe Anderson, Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere are among those who could make their debuts though Andriy Yarmolenko is struggling for fitness due to ongoing hip and thigh issues.

Last season’s top scorer Marko Arnautovic is 13.0 (12/1) to get the first goal of the game while Felipe can be backed at 23.0 (22/1) with Sky Bet.

Both of last season’s meetings between the sides ended in 4-1 triumphs to the Merseysiders with Salah scoring three of those eight goals.

In fact, Liverpool have scored four in each of their last three meetings with the Hammers and you can back them to get at least that many this time around at 3.25 (9/4) with Sky Bet.

Alternatively, you may be tempted to back both teams to score, which is 1.91 (10/11) with most companies while Ladbrokes offer 1.5 (1/2) for there to be a goal scored in both halves.

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