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In-form Liverpool to prolong West Ham Anfield misery

| 06.03.2013

West Ham haven’t won at Anfield since 1963, and will have to halt the home side’s positive form if they are to achieve that feat here. They are rated at 13/2 to do so, however will be without on-loan striker Andy Carroll, scorer of two goals in last week’s 3-1 win over West Brom.

Liverpool are 4/11 to prolong their success against West Ham, who have lost 3-0 on their past two trips to Anfield. With five wins from six they look worthy favourites, and punters fancying a hat-trick of 3-0 home wins in this fixture can do so at 8/1 – which certainly seems plausible when one considers that Brendan Roger’s men are averaging three goals per game over their last six.

Regardless of how many Liverpool do or do not manage to score, there is plenty to suggest the Reds can shut-out the visitors here, as West Ham’s mid-table status has been earned almost exclusively in East London: they have lost 10 of 15 away from home. The Reds have kept eight clean sheets in their last 12 home league fixtures, while the Irons have managed a paltry nine away goals thus far – tied for lowest in the league. The home side are 13/10 to win to nil, and 21/20 to keep a clean sheet.

Leading the Reds’ charge will be the league’s current top scorer, Luis Suarez (22 goals). The irrepressible Uruguayan has been especially productive at Anfield of late, scoring nine times in the last 10 matches.

Yet to find the net against the Hammers, Suarez can be backed at 11/4 to open the scoring – a feat he’s achieved nine times this term – and 8/13 to register anytime. In addition, a wincast of Liverpool to win and Suarez to score is priced at 10/11.

It is also worth noting that the last three encounters between these sides have brought a goal for Glen Johnson. The England full-back can be backed at 7/1 to score anytime against his former club, and a tempting 22/1 to strike first.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Toby Calnan