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Liverpool v West Ham: Ingredients in place for another Suarez show

| 06.12.2013

There has never been a worse time for West Ham to travel to their biggest bogey ground in the Premier League, with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez rapidly proving he’s worthy of inclusion in the ‘Messi/Ronaldo’ bracket.

Liverpool’s current number seven may be some way off securing Kenny Dalglish-like status at Anfield, but if Suarez stays a Red and keeps delivering the sort of out-of-this-world performance he did against Norwich – he won’t be far off it.

Even without the Premier League’s leading scorer in such unplayable lick, a trip to the red side of Merseyside is never a welcome fixture in the diary of a Hammers fan.

Having not won at Anfield since John, Paul, George and Ringo were still playing down the Cavern Club, it’s absolutely no shock to see Liverpool given 2/7 favouritism for the win.

The draw – a feat the Hammers have only managed on 11 of those 40 occasions – is understandably long at 9/2, while an away win, priced at 9/1, feels about as likely as Lord Lucan making a half-time appearance.

The fact that West Ham have also failed to register a goal in their last five league visits sweetens up the 21/20 on a home win to nil, though Brendan Rodgers’ side did manage to concede a single goal in three of their last four home league matches.

Therefore punters may do worse than picking out the 2/1 that Liverpool win with both teams finding the net.

However, the most value looks to be in free-scoring Liverpool and their rampant striker carrying on their high-scoring habits at Anfield.

Liverpool have bagged 16 in their last four league home games, making 1/1 on another two or three more appeal or, the braver punters could plump for the 14/5 on 4+ goals in the goal crazy market.

All Suarez scoring options have to be worthy of consideration too, with odds of 9/4 to score first, 1/2 anytime and 5/2 to finish proceedings, while a successive hat-trick is 8/1.

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

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.