It seems like a sure thing. Liverpool is almost league champions for the first time since the 1989-90 season. If they can avoid catastrophe, it would be their 19th league title, putting them within one of Manchester United for the all-time win record. Liverpool is only five wins away from the title and is rolling on a 17 win streak. They are 52 points ahead of West Ham and their next three games are all against clubs that are in danger of dropping out of the Premier League.
The last meeting between the two teams was on January 29, due to a postponement because of the Club World Cup. The last meeting ended in a 2-0 win for the Reds featuring goals by Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Liverpool controlled the last meeting racking up a 71 percent possession time, 828 passes, and 13 shots.
West Ham is in real danger of missing out on the Premier League next season. They lost to Manchester City in midweek and only achieved 22 percent possession time in that match.
The Reds will be without their captain, Jordan Henderson, who left the match against Atletico last Tuesday due to a hamstring injury. He is expected to be out of action for around three weeks according to coach Jurgen Klopp. In his place, Naby Leita may be able to shine, while Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, and Takumi Minamino will hopefully get the start.
They are also still without Xherdan Shaqiri and until Nathaniel Clyne is 100 percent he will not be playing either.
The Hammers are in a bit better shape but will be missing Ryan Fredericks after a shoulder injury sustained in the loss to City. Andriy Yarmolenko is out of action due to fitness issues.
Good news for Pablo Zabaleta who should be able to get on the pitch in place of Fredericks.
Premier League Odds
888Sport has Liverpool as outright favorites at 1.14, while the Hammers need a miracle at 14.00. Live in-play lines will be offered throughout the match for any punters that wish to experience interactive betting.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour and date the article was written, respectively 11 pm UK time, Monday February 24th.