Liverpool VS West Ham – LIVE Reddit Soccer 05/03/2022
Liverpool are the closest they have been to Man City in a long time so can’t afford to drop any points this weekend when they play host to West ham in the Premier League. The Hammers beat Liverpool 3-2 the last time the side locked horns and victory for West Ham on Saturday could be enough to take them back into the top four. Liverpool have won five of their last seven league meetings with West Ham and both teams have scored in five of the pair’s last six head-to-heads. Liverpool, are in great form right now with wins of one form or another in each of their last six matches but West Ham have scored in all of their last six outings in league and cup, so you can see why we’ve gone for a home win with both teams to score.
Luis Diaz has made an impressive start to his Liverpool career and his manager has been singing the Colombian’s praises of late. We’re backing Diaz to score against West Ham this weekend as his performances have been excellent of late. Diaz has scored one goal in his last two outings in the Premier League but scored 14 goals in the Primeira Liga for Porto before joining the Reds in January. Liverpool made a significant amount of changes to their starting eleven for the midweek FA Cup tie with Norwich, as many expected, but that didn’t stop Klopp’s men from progressing into the Quester-Finals. Minamino scored two first-half goals to put the hosts into a commanding lead and although Rupp pulled a goal back for Norwich in the 76th-minute, Liverpool never looked like losing the tie.
Having posted contrasting results in the FA Cup in midweek, title-chasing Liverpool and top-four challengers West Ham United prepare for battle in Saturday’s Premier League showdown. The Reds advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-1 success over Norwich City on Wednesday night, while David Moyes’s men crashed out to Southampton. Over 120 minutes of action at Wembley certainly took its toll on Liverpool – but their endeavours ended in a record-breaking ninth EFL Cup title – and hopes of an unprecedented quadruple remain alive after a second-string XI saw off Norwich in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Takumi Minamino struck twice before the break to put Liverpool in cruise control, and while the Canaries hit back through Lukas Rupp’s thunderbolt with 14 minutes left to play, Dean Smith’s side bowed out to the superior team on Merseyside. Klopp has understandably sought to play down talk of a “crazy” quadruple, but the Reds are only six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City with a game in hand, and Pep Guardiola’s side must navigate the derby with Manchester United on Sunday.
Liverpool and Everton fans displayed a rare moment of unity when Rodri’s seemingly blatant handball in the area was not penalised at Goodison Park last week – with City’s 1-0 win having implications at both ends of the table – so Klopp’s side need no more motivation to remain within touching distance of the champions.
Victory over Norwich marked Liverpool’s 11th win on the bounce in all competitions – with six of those successes coming in the Premier League – and not since October have the EFL Cup winners dropped points in a Premier League home fixture. While West Ham lined up with a full-strength XI, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl shuffled the pack considerably for the FA Cup fifth-round meeting at St Mary’s, and the mood around the Saints crowd was certainly not one of optimism.
However, when Southampton are in a good moment, they are in a very good moment indeed, as Romain Perraud, James Ward-Prowse and Armando Broja sent the Saints through to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 3-1 success, with Michail Antonio bagging a consolation for the Hammers. Still fighting for success on two fronts ahead of their Europa League last-16 battle with Sevilla, West Ham did at least boost their top-four chances with last week’s 1-0 success over Wolverhampton Wanderers and lie fifth in the table – two points adrift of Man United – ahead of the weekend.
A surprise draw or victory at Anfield would see the Hammers move back into the final Champions League spot before Man United and Arsenal return to action on Sunday, but Moyes’s side have won just two of their last eight away from home in the Premier League as they seek to make lightning strike twice against the Reds. Indeed, West Ham came out on the correct end of a 3-2 scoreline with Liverpool paid a visit to the London Stadium back in November, but the Reds have won each of the last four meetings between the sides at Anfield – scoring at least two goals each time.
Liverpool faces a stern test on Sunday when it travels to London Stadium to take on West Ham in an English Premier League match. Liverpool (6-4-0) is the only unbeaten team in the Premier League but entered the weekend three points behind Chelsea at the top of the EPL table. Now, the Reds face West Ham (6-2-2), which is in fourth place and has won three straight Premier League games. The Hammers played to a 2-2 draw with Genk in the Europa League on Thursday, while Liverpool defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 in a Champions League match on Wednesday.
Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Liverpool as the -135 favorite (risk $135 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest West Ham vs. Liverpool odds, with West Ham the +360 underdog. A draw is priced at +285 and the over-under for total goals scored is set at 3.5. Before making any Liverpool vs. West Ham picks or EPL predictions, be sure to check out what proven European soccer insider Martin Green has to say.