West Ham v Liverpool tips – Reds set to struggle at Upton Park
Liverpool overpriced for Saturday evening’s match against an improving Hammers side
September 17th, 2014
All of a sudden, the absence of Luis Suarez is beginning to tell for Liverpool, with the Merseyside club failing to break down Aston Villa last weekend and then struggling to a 2-1 Champions League win against Ludogorets.
Sam Allardyce will have watched that game with interest and will be confident of getting a positive result considering the Bulgarian champions were largely comfortable at Anfield until Mario Balotelli found the breakthrough late in the game.
Brendan Rodgers is talking about his Liverpool team as one in transition although the fundamental fact is that Suarez was a player who could score stupendous goals and unlock the tightest defence, while Daniel Sturridge is recovering from injury.
Therefore, the 4/5 is probably worth swerving about an away win, even if Liverpool did triumph 3-0 at White Hart Lane a couple of weeks ago, with Sturridge having played a major part in that win.
West Ham aren’t exactly trustworthy from a punting point-of-view but they did show signs of turning the corner when drawing 2-2 at Hull on Monday, with the visitors controlling the game for large parts.
Enner Valencia scored a wonderful goal, with Allardyce now looking for a defensive improvement and you can bet your bottom dollar that things will be tighter against this sort of opposition.
Ultimately, Allardyce is a manager who wants to see his teams grind out a result and we could see West Ham sneaking this considering that Liverpool are missing that spark when it comes to attack while continuing to look vulnerable in defence.
West Ham on Draw No Bet @ 5/2 with Sky Bet
West Ham 1 Liverpool 0 @ 16/1 with BetVictor
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