Hammers’ miserable home form set to continue.
Enner Valencia started repaying his transfer fee with a stunning first goal for West Ham in Monday’s 2-2 draw against Hull City and Hammers fans will be hoping for more of the same against Liverpool this Saturday.
The Ecuador striker was making his first league start at the KC, having struggled to recover from his exploits in Brazil, and Sam Allardyce’s side have made a ponderous start to the new campaign – Monday’s point was only their fourth of the season and getting going at Upton Park has proved particularly troublesome.
They’ve lost both home matches to date in the Premier League – against Tottenham and Southampton – and were beaten on penalties by League One Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup. So one can understand that there will be a bit of trepidation surrounding the Bolyen Ground when the Reds come calling this weekend.
United have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and that has to be a worry for the manager. Captain Kevin Nolan hasn’t played since the opening day of the season, but there were better signs against Hull and they should get themselves out of trouble if continuing on an upward curve and Stewart Downing seems to play well against former club Liverpool.
The Merseysiders will still be missing Daniel Sturridge in the East End but the England striker is back in light training and sees light at the end of the tunnel. Without him, Brendan Rodgers’ team laboured for long periods against Bulgarians Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday but were eventually dug out of a hole by big-money signing Mario Balotelli and captain Steven Gerrard.
Rodgers keeps saying that his team are a work in progress and that this year is a learning curve. But the Anfield faithful will still be expecting another top four finish and progress to the last 16 of the Champions League at least and will be out in force again this weekend.
West Ham have only won one of their last 11 matches with Liverpool and are likely to struggle for three points again. The visitors are 3/4 to extend the Hammers’ losing home run.
There have been at least three goals scored in all but one of the teams’ last nine meetings and over 2.5 total goals and an away win is available at 7/5.
The match kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday, September 20th at Upton Park.