By News Team
Last Updated: 24th February 2020
It’s a tale of two halves in Monday night’s live game, with runaway leaders Liverpool hosting relegation candidates West Ham as they look to continue their fine winning form.
The Hammers rolled over without a fight in their previous defeat by Manchester City, so can manager David Moyes gear his side up for battle here? Read our thoughts below.
Back Liverpool to keep it clean
If their performance against Manchester City is anything to go by, West Ham won’t be taking too many risks when they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. The Hammers stuck Michail Antonio up top on his own to run around and hold the ball up while leaving Sebastien Haller, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and new boy Jarrod Bowen on the bench.
Unsurprisingly, the east London outfit never really looked like scoring and City didn’t even need to leave third gear to get all three points thanks to Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri’s strikes. In truth, West Ham knew that consecutive away games against City and Liverpool were going be very tough asks and will be fully focussed on the much more winnable games to come.
In contrast to West Ham’s form, Jurgen Klopp’s side have won their previous five games at home without conceding and Liverpool to win to nil at 4/5 looks a great bet.
Rice to be at the heart of the action
Only one defensive midfielder has made more tackles than England international Declan Rice in the Premier League this season and it’s safe to say the youngster won’t be short of things to do here. Rice has made 80 tackles, second only to Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi as he continues to be a shining light in an otherwise frustrating and forgettable West Ham side.
With the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to contend with here, he’s sure to be kept up to his work and Rice to make over four tackles at 7/4 could be a nice interest bet.
Salah can net opener en route to record
With 14 goals already this season and one eye on the Golden Boot award once again, Salah will be a lot of people’s go to bet when it comes to breaking the deadlock against West Ham. The Egyptian hitman has scored five and assisted two in his previous seven games against the Hammers and with the visitors in disarray, will be confident of adding to that fine tally.
Salah is also just two goals shy of becoming the Reds’ first player since Michael Owen in 2002/03 to net 20 goals for the club in all competitions in three successive seasons. Only one player in the division has attempted more shots than the former Roma and Chelsea man this season and William Hill have enhanced the price of Salah to be first goalscorer on Monday night from 9/4 to 3/1.