The view of the opposition: West Ham v Liverpool
We provide analysis and the best bets as the Hammers take on the Reds at the London Stadium in Saturday's evening kick-off.
For a team whose defensive deficiencies have been the subject of endless debate, it is remarkable to think that only three teams – the two Manchester clubs and Tottenham – have kept more clean sheets than Liverpool this season.
Tellingly, however, all four of those shut-outs have been achieved at Anfield, where the Reds have conceded just one goal in over seven-and-a-half hours of football this season.
Away from home – where the opposition tend to see a little more ball with which to fashion chances – it has been a completely different story, with Jurgen Klopp’s side shipping more goals on the road than any other Premier League team at a rate of one every 32 minutes.
Saturday’s visitors, though, rarely disappoint at the other end, with four of their five away matches this season seeing five or more goals.
A bet on both teams to score when the Reds play away, then, tends to be a banker – with the only exception so far their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City when playing with 10 men for most of the match.
And, after the two games between these sides last season produced four goals each, another entertaining encounter ought to be on the cards on Saturday.
Victory over Huddersfield last weekend was just Liverpool’s second league win in seven matches.
So Slaven Bilic – who has won three and drawn two of six games against the Reds as West Ham boss – has reason to feel confident of taking something from game.
Encouragingly, indecisive defending means that all but one of the goals Liverpool have conceded this season have come from inside the penalty area.
So it is the Hammers’ chief poacher, Javier Hernandez – who has scored all 41 of his Premier League goals inside the 18-yard box – who is most likely to gobble up the loose balls that are sure to fall his way.
West Ham/draw and BTTS –
Over 3.5 goals –
Javier Hernandez to score at any time –