Having wrecked Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of winning the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at the London Stadium last week, West Ham can create similar problems this weekend in the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
The Reds face a stern battle to secure a top-four finish and qualify for the Champions League next season, with their trip to West Ham set to be a difficult battle- and the signs are promising for Slaven Bilic’s side.
West Ham have struggled to make the London Stadium feel like home this season but last weekend’s derby victory over Spurs has lifted spirits, with confidence set to be flowing through the side tomorrow- especially as the Hammers are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Liverpool.
West Ham have never gone six games unbeaten against the Merseyside outfit but have won all of their last three home clashes with Liverpool, whilst the Reds have only kept one clean-sheet in their last ten meetings to face the Hammers.
A draw also seems unlikely, as the two sides haven’t finished level in East London in the Premier League since 2001, which puts pressure on Liverpool to get a victory. However, West Ham can’t afford to rely on the statistics too much.
Whilst the stats do give West Ham a boost in confidence, they’ll still need to be at their best to secure a positive result against Liverpool as the Reds will be driven on by their ambitions of returning to the Champions League- and they’ll know what they have to do with both Arsenal and Manchester City playing today.
Arsenal travel to Stoke this afternoon and the result in Staffordshire could have a huge impact on West Ham’s game tomorrow, as a victory for the Gunners would increase the pressure on Liverpool and may open up opportunities for the Hammers to exploit.
However, Liverpool will have their confidence boosted if Arsenal drop points as it would give them the chance of all-but securing their spot in Europe’s elite competition next season- so Hammers fans should be rooting for Arsenal today.
West Ham have turned things around in recent weeks by standing unbeaten in their last five league fixtures, having lost all five prior to that run, and have kept three consecutive clean-sheets at home- all of which add to the positives for the Hammers.
Defensively, West Ham need to be solid as Liverpool boast an array of attacking talent but the Reds have found it difficult to break-down organised defensive lines this season and a West Ham outfit utilising a three-man defence could cause issues for Klopp’s side.
The fact that six of West Ham’s seven victories at the London Stadium have been by only a 1-0 scoreline also presents concerns for the Hammers, as they may need to improve their ratio in front of goal to secure a positive return tomorrow.