Champions Liverpool could go top of the table at least temporarily if they can overcome West Ham United but will face a tough test with the Hammers on good form.
Having battled to a win against Sheffield United on Saturday, the Reds can look forward to the home comforts of Anfield again and will leapfrog leaders Everton, who play Newcastle on Sunday, with a win or a draw.
However, the Hammers are not to be underestimated after securing a point against Manchester City last time out.
Liverpool vs West Ham predictions
Liverpool have still not hit their stride this season but are still showing their grit by grinding out results as they did against Sheffield United after going a goal behind. Back at Anfield, they should see off West Ham and continue an unbeaten home league run that dates back to a 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace in April 2017, and currently stands at 51 wins and 11 draws from 62 matches.
Liverpool vs West Ham betting tips
Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change.
Reds finding their rhythm
Champions Liverpool are the team everyone is looking to beat this term and that has been evident in one or two of their performances and results in a stuttering start to the season.
Pushed all the way by Leeds United in their opening game, Jurgen Klopp’s men picked up impressive league wins over Chelsea and Arsenal before an EFL Cup defeat on penalties to the Gunners preceded a shock 7-2 hammering by Aston Villa and a 2-2 draw with neighbours Everton.
The Reds were forced to come from behind to beat Sheffield United in their last outing, but that result brought great joy to Klopp with the character shown by his players in a tough game.
Next they welcome West Ham, who drew 1-1 with Manchester City at the weekend to take their tally from matches against City, Spurs, Leicester City and Wolves to an impressive eight points. Liverpool are still coming to terms with the loss of injured defenders Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, who went off injured against Midtjylland in midweek, and that is something David Moyes’ side will look to exploit.
The Reds may well claim the three points this weekend, but expect the visitors to have their moments. They are 7/4 to lose to Liverpool but get on the scoresheet.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score @ 7/4 with bet365
Hosts are proven fast starters
This is a fixture that has tended to produce early goals. Liverpool have scored a first-half goal in each of the last eight Premier League meetings between the sides, and that may well be the case again on Saturday. They have gone on to win six and draw two of those matches.
Mohamed Salah, who will be one to look out for in the goalscorer markets, has particularly enjoyed playing against the Irons, scoring in five of six league games against them in which he has featured.
Liverpool should start quickly and they could well be the ones leading at half-time and full-time this weekend to the tune of 21/10 in the betting.
Tip: Half-time/full-time – Liverpool/Liverpool @ 21/20 with bet365
Goals on the menu at Merseyside
West Ham have already shown they have serious attacking threats in their ranks and we expect more goals from them on Saturday.
The Hammers have racked up 12 in their last five Premier League games and they will fancy their chances of getting at a weakened Liverpool defence.
This fixture tends to produce plenty of goals. Six of the last eight meetings have had four or more and that could be the case again, with 13/10 on offer for over 3.5 goals in the next instalment.
Tip: Over 3.5 goals @ 13/10 with bet365
Liverpool vs West Ham odds
Liverpool are the odds-on 1/3 favourites with the bookies, who have West Ham priced at 17/2 to pull off a shock win at Anfield. The draw is trading at 4/1.
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.
Liverpool team news
Fabinho and Joel Matip face late fitness tests, the outcome of which could mean Rhys Williams lines up for his first Premier League start with Joe Gomez in central defence. Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita are likely to miss the game so the midfield three will consist of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Gigi Wijnaldum. Salah will be joined in the front three by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané.
Liverpool predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Williams, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané.
West Ham team news
Michail Antonio is a doubt after coming off injured against Manchester City so Sebastian Haller could start up front if he fails to recover. Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals will be the wide midfielders with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in the middle. Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell will be the central-defensive trio challenged with stopping the Liverpool front three.
West Ham predicted line-up (5-4-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku; Bowen, Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Antonio.
Last five results
27 Oct CL Liverpool 2 Midtjylland 0 W
21 Oct CL Ajax 0 Liverpool 1 W
17 Oct PL Everton 2 Liverpool 2 D
4 Oct PL Aston Villa 7 Liverpool 2 L
1 Oct LC Liverpool 0 Arsenal 0 D*
24 Oct PL West Ham 1 Man City 1 D
18 Oct PL Tottenham 3 West Ham 3 D
4 Oct PL Leicester 0 West Ham 3 W
30 Sep LC Everton 4 West Ham 1 L
27 Sep PL West Ham 4 Wolves 0 W
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