Premier League: West Ham v Liverpool match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Upton Park
Friday 07 December 2012
West Ham will look to make it back-to-back home wins after their impressive win over Chelsea in the London derby last weekend.
Sam Allardyce's side have been in tremendous form this season, lying in eighth place in the table, just four points behind third placed Chelsea.
Liverpool will be in high spirits after advancing through to the Europa League knockout stage after beating Udinese 1-0. They remain seven points off the Champions League spots, but manager Brendan Rogers remains optimistic his side can push for the top four this season, despite their indifferent start to the campaign.
If they are to boost their chances this weekend, they will have to do so without leading goalscorer Luis Suarez, who is suspended.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
West Ham 3 (Parker, Ba, Cole) Liverpool 1 (Johnson), Premier League, February 2011
Liverpool 3 (G. Johnson, Kuyt, Rodriguez) West Ham 0, Premier League, November 2010
Liverpool 3 (Benayoun, Ngog, Green og) West Ham 0, Premier League, April 2010
The Hammers have lost just once at home this season out of their eight fixtures.
The east London side will be looking to make it back-to-back wins against Liverpool at home - triumphing over them the last time they played at Upton Park in 2011.
West Ham have a winning percentage of 40 per cent this season.
Liverpool have a winning percentage of just 27 per cent from their Premier League fixtures this term.
West Ham's defensive record at home is bettered only by Man City, West Brom and Stoke this season.
The Reds have lost only one of their last ten league matches, but have drawn five of the other nine. They have also won just once on their travels this season.
West Ham to win: 3.2
Liverpool to win: 2.46
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1, 4pm
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