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West Ham v Liverpool Betting Tips – 14th May 2017
What a strange season it’s been for West Ham. After impressing so much in the last campaign, the Irons have had a wealth of problems to overcome in their first year since leaving their long term home, Upton Park.
At times, Slaven Bilic’s side have simply been unable to defend. They’ve given away all sorts of goals, have one of the worst records in the Premier League in terms of throwing away points from winning positions and looked as though they were destined for the drop at one stage.
West Ham were so bad just a matter of weeks ago that it’s a little hard to believe they’re unbeaten in five having kept four clean sheets including a 1-0 over Tottenham last Friday.
The fact that things have picked up for the Hammers is worrying news for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side. The Reds are yet to confirm their place in the top four and their fans are concerned that their habit of slipping up in games in which they’re favourites will strike again on Sunday afternoon.
Klopp in for Another Frustrating 90 Minutes
If you ever make it to a match at Anfield while Jurgen Klopp is in charge, chances are you’ll spend as much time watching the Liverpool boss as the players.
The former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund manager has been a welcome addition to the Premier League but he has not taken English football by storm in the way that many Liverpool fans were hoping.
At times, Liverpool have played some scintillating football under the German. Just this season they’ve outplayed Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City but they do struggle to break down stubborn teams who are less inclined to take the match to Klopp’s men.
The 0-0 draw against Southampton last weekend was symptomatic of Liverpool’s troubles although defeats to Burnley, Swansea and Crystal Palace were more damaging in terms of the points return.
Once again, Liverpool will look to take the game to their opponents when they visit the London Stadium. The Liverpool midfield is full of clever, creative midfielders but West Ham won’t be overly worried about surrendering the bulk of possession.
Since switching the three at the back, West Ham have looked much more assured at the back and they are sure to frustrate Klopp and his players once more.
Liverpool may be the clear favourites with the bookies but the price of $4.0 that Sportsbet are quoting on the draw looks more than tempting to us.
Expect Goals, Just Not Too Many of Them
You almost get the feeling that Slaven Bilic has tightened things up at the back for West Ham to prove a point as much as anything.
There was a feeling among the club’s fans that Bilic is lacking when it comes to setting out a defence. However, the former centre back has hit upon a formation that works and his ability to adapt to fix a weak area surely stands him in good stead for the upcoming end of season meeting with the owners where his ongoing employment with the club will be discussed.
We think that the attacking talent available to Klopp and Liverpool’s desperation for points will see them end West Ham’s run of clean sheets. However, we also think West Ham will grab a goal of their own.
That leads to two bets.
The first is under 2.5 goals at a best price of $2.08 with Unibet. The second is the 1-1 correct score at $8 with Bet365.