West Ham vs. Liverpool

In Football on May 8, 2009 at 23:17

By Joe,

West Ham Savio

This will be another tie which Liverpool would want to win to keep the pressure on Manchester United for the title race. Liverpool have heightened their spirits by seeing their captain return in their last weekend win against Newcastle. His presence has certainly revived the hope and faith that Liverpool can win the title even with the odds stacked up against them. Manchester United is currently 3 points and one game in hand. This weekend they Manchester United enters the local derby against Manchester City. If Liverpool wants to have a chance, they will need a favor from Manchester City as well as they have to win their game against West Ham to make the season finale exciting.

Rafa Benitez will have a healthy squad travelling down to London on Saturday’s late afternoon game at Upton Park. Benitez will be without Xabi Alonso as he still has not recovered from his ankle injury sustained against Newcastle 3-0 win. Good news is that Fernando Torres has recovered from his hamstring and could set to play while Javier Mascherano will also be part of the starting eleven on Saturday. Benitez will approach this game similar to the ones in the past, get the goal and win the game. If Liverpool win again with more than 2 goals, it will be the longest run in their history of consecutive goals in a roll.

After their financial problem back in November, with Zola in charge, West Ham have seen a lot of great improvements. It took some time for Zola to get his team back on track and now they are preparing for next season. Zola has currently won 11 games and lost 11 games out of 31 Premier League games. He would want to finish this season on a positive note and Liverpool would be a good start considering that he has not beaten any of the Big 4 teams under his reign. Zola will be without Carlton Cole, Scot Parker, Kieron Dyer and James Collins for the fixture against Liverpool. Savio is available after suffering illness this week.

Liverpool beat West Ham 1-0 at Anfield earlier this season and a repeat looks like it will be happening again. While West Ham is fighting for a position in the mid tables, there is no doubt that Liverpool has to win this. Liverpool is currently unbeaten in eight Premier League games and they are in form. They look hard to be beaten when Gerrard and Torres are in the starting lineup so Ladbrokes is offering an away win at 1.61.

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