West Ham United v Liverpool Betting Tips: Lack of goals likely at London Stadium

14:15/May 14

Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool.

Only Liverpool have something to play for here as they chase a top four place whilst West Ham have pulled themselves away from the relegation trapdoor and are set for a mid-table finish.

After going on a horrendous run of five defeats and no wins in seven, West Ham have picked up massively in the last month or so with no defeats in five, including two wins.

In that aforementioned poor run, the Hammers were really leaky at the back with 16 goals conceded in seven games. However, they have suddenly shored themselves up at the back with four clean sheets in their last five matches. Having said that, although they are undefeated in their last five, it could have been five straight wins had they been more clinical in front of goal having failed to find the back of the net in two of those matches.

Throughout the course of the campaign, much has been said of West Ham’s poor form at their new home of the Olympic Stadium and rightly so. However, they have improved dramatically in recent times with no defeats in three, winning two of them, and no goals conceded. Unfortunately for them though, West Ham have lost all but one of their matches against the top seven sides at home this season.

Liverpool have managed to recover from their setback against Crystal Palace at the end of April by going unbeaten in their last two matches. At the time of writing, they currently sit in 3rd with a gap between them and 5th place, so this match could have a huge impact on their Champions League hopes.

Much like West Ham matches in 2017, Liverpool matches had involved a high number of goals until recently – although Liverpool had been on the right side of the results as opposed to West Ham. Nowadays though, the Reds are a more solid outfit with just one goal conceded in their last four matches with three clean sheets kept in that time. However, with there being a large amount of pressure on this game, it will be interesting to see how Liverpool cope with a West Ham side who will likely have the shackles off.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have performed well on their travels of late having recorded three back-to-back victories whilst they have also not lost in their last four. Again, it has been the defence which has been surprisingly good away from home recently with two clean sheets in their last two matches whilst they also showed good resilience a few weeks back to concede just one goal against the attacking might of Manchester City on their own patch. Attacking wise, as mentioned earlier, the Liverpool front-line has not been as potent as before with just five goals in their last four away from Anfield.

Earlier on in the season, this game would have guaranteed goals – and indeed it did as the pair played out a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture at Anfield – but this time around I am not so sure. A few bookmakers seem to think there will be goals on the cards here but I’m going to go against them. Both of these teams have been very solid in recent weeks and I doubt Liverpool in particular will want to be too open here given the high pressure nature of the match. On top of this, without the electric pace of Sadio Mané, the Reds are nowhere near as threatening in the final third. With this in mind, ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ at 11/10 looks a good bet.

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