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Nic Ladds 8th May 2009 - 11:41

Liverpool won't stop - It's Hammer time

Rafa Benitez will come in to this game knowing that the title is all but lost although this is Liverpool's final chance to sit atop the Premier League if they can justify odds of 8/15.

The Reds now need to rely on Manchester United dropping points in their final three games if they are to take the title but they can keep the pressure up by winning against West Ham who are 5/1 in the betting and going top until at least Sunday.

One thing for sure is a draw at odds of 3/1 would be no good to either side as while Liverpool have feint title aspirations, Gianfranco Zola's side have very real European hopes.

If they can clinch seventh place ahead of the chasing Man City, Fulham and Tottenham then a Europa Cup place is theirs for the taking.

One thing you don't tend to get with West Ham is a lot of goals. Zola has turned them in to an organized defensive unit and you have to go back to February for the last time The Hammers played a game that featured more than two goals.

This could have the under 2 goals backers licking their lips to take the 13/5 on offer with exactly 2 match goals 11/4 and over 2 is 8/11 in the betting.

Along the same line of thinking West Ham to win 1-0 is big at odds of 11/1 while a 1-0 win to Liverpool is 5/1.

2-1 to The Hammers is 20/1, 1-1 6/1 and a 0-0 can be backed at 9/1. While West Ham don't score many Liverpool certainly do as they've scored 18 goals in their last five matches which explains why 3-0 and 3-1 are 10/1 and 9/1 respectively.

Diego Tristan has proved himself to be West Ham's most potent weapon in front of goal and is 8/1 to score first or 11/4 to score anytime. The same odds can be applied to David di Michele and the nearly fit Carlton Cole.

Junior Stanislas and Mark Noble are two that can threaten from midfield and as numerous clubs have proved, while Liverpool score a lot they also concede a lot and the pair could be worth a bet at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively to score anytime.

The Reds meanwhile are spoilt for choice for goal scorers and get contributions from all over the pitch.

Fernando Torres can conjure something out of nothing and is 4/1 to score first with Steven Gerrard 5/1.

Yossi Benayoun has score five in his last six appearances for Liverpool and is 10/3 in the betting to score anytime while Dirk Kuyt has score three in two and will have his backers at 11/2 to score firsts and 6/4 to bag anytime.

Some interesting facts to note is West Ham have not scored more than one goal in any of their last 15 Premier League meetings.

Liverpool also have a habit of coming back from losing positions (22 points rescued from such situations), and The Reds also score a fair few in the dying moments of games (just ask Arsene Wenger).

This suggests West Ham may score and score early which for a double results makes West Ham/Liverpool at a massive 22/1 possible or West Ham/draw at odds of 14/1 an option. More realistically Liverpool/Liverpool is 6/5 with draw/Liverpool 3/1.

As the 'Pool have scored in the last five minutes in six of their last seven games, a small wager on the first goal coming 71-80 minute at 22/1 or 81-90 minute at 20/1 could be worth a small bet if they game is as tight as predicted.

There is little doubt Liverpool should win this and most likely will win this but West Ham will not be pushed over like Newcastle were.

Organised defending and a moment of magic from Tristan is the only way The Hammers could feasibly get a result and this is unlikely to be Liverpool's most entertaining hour and a half of football.

A win of any description will do to keep the pressure up on Man Utd and maybe, just maybe Manchester City will do Rafa a favour on Sunday and keep The Reds in the title hunt.

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Recommendation:
Time of 1st goal - 81-90 minute - 20/1
Draw/Liverpool - 3/1

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