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Stuart Dalgleish 18th Sep 2009 - 13:16

Liverpool should Hammer yet more goals in at Upton Park

West Ham entertain Liverpool, who are trying to kick-start their title challenge, in the late Premier League kick-off.

Liverpool might well have got off to an inconspicuous start to this Premier League campaign, losing two out of three games but since then they have looked a lot better and should really have won by a greater margin in their Champions League clash in midweek.

West Ham have gone in the opposite direction since their opening day win at new boys Wolves, the Hammers are now winless in three league matches and haven't scored in their last two - hardly the sort of form required going into a game with one of the 'Big Four'.

In fact, last season Gianfranco Zola's team only managed one goal against one of the 'Big Four', the now departed Craig Bellamy scoring in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea - add to this that West Ham haven't scored in three Premier League games against Rafael Benitez's team and it doesn't exactly point towards a home win.

All the stats are pointing towards a Liverpool victory; the Reds have won six out of their last seven PL games away from Anfield, West Ham have lost three of their last four matches at Upton Park and have only won one of their last 14 PL meetings with Liverpool.

So with this in mind it comes as no surprise to see the Londoners as huge outsiders at 11/2 in the betting, you'd think the best they can hope for is a 14/5 chance draw; Rafa's Reds are the clear favourites at 8/15.

The visitors are absolutely banging in the goals at the minute having scored 47 in their last 16 Premier League games, and no one has managed to keep a clean sheet against them in this run.

While of course Fernando Torres (7/2 to grab the first goal) and Steven Gerrard (11/2) shoulder most of the responsibility for finding the back of the net, they've been ably assisted by Dirk Kuyt who has eight goals from his last 12 appearances (including the backend of last season) - the Dutchman is 11/2 to pounce first in this game.

The Hammers, with only one goal from open play in their last five meetings with Liverpool, will be looking towards Carlton Cole to get them on the score sheet - the England international was their top scorer last season with 10 PL goals and is a big price at 8/1 to open proceedings here.

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