On Wednesday night, two sides who score goals for fun meet at the London Stadium in an exciting Premier League matchup as West Ham United hosts Liverpool.
West Ham United
West Ham United put on a dominant display against Bournemouth, securing a 4-0 victory with goals from Michail Antonio, Lucas Paqueta, Declan Rice, and Pablo Fornals.
The win adds to their recent success in the Europa Conference League, where they beat Gent 5-2 over two legs to progress to the semi-finals against AZ Alkmaar.
Despite their recent form, which includes being unbeaten in their last five matches across all competitions and only losing one of their last 10, West Ham are still in the woods.
They sit in 13th place in the table, and while they have a game in hand over most of their relegation rivals, they are only six points clear of the drop zone.
West Ham PL Form: W L W D W
Liverpool secured a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest, with goals from Mohamed Salah and a brace from Diogo Jota.
Despite concerns over their defensive capabilities, the Reds’ attack has been in scintillating form, propelling them back into the race for European qualification.
They currently sit in seventh place in the table, although they trail Manchester United – who have a game in hand – by nine points in the final Champions League position.
Liverpool have scored 11 goals in their last three Premier League matches, which is impressive. However, the team’s away form is a cause for concern, having won just two of their last nine top-flight contests on the road.
Liverpool PL Form: L D D W W
West Ham United
David Moyes will have to make do without Gianluca Scamacca, recovering from knee surgery.
However, some good news for the Hammers is that Angelo Ogbonna has recovered from a back problem that he picked up in the first leg against Gent.
Before Liverpool’s win against Nottingham Forest, Jurgen Klopp disclosed that Roberto Firmino would be absent from the next three games due to a muscular problem.
The Brazilian striker’s injury adds to a growing list of absentees, including Naby Keita (muscle), Stefan Bajcetic (adductor), and Calvin Ramsay (knee).
West Ham United’s expected starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Paqueta; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma
Liverpool’s expected starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Nunez, Jota
Head to Head
Regarding head-to-head matches between Liverpool and West Ham United, the former has been the dominant team, winning 80 out of the 146 matches between the two sides. In contrast, West Ham United has only managed 29 victories against Liverpool.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 07:45 pm, BST
Venue: London Stadium, London
Liverpool’s inconsistency on the road could play a factor in the match’s outcome, and West Ham United may be able to hold out for a draw.