Premier League Matchday Eleven Match Preview: West Ham United vs Liverpool

Match Preview West Ham United

In the eleventh round of 2017/2018 Premier league matches, Slaven Bilic’s Hammers host Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, in what is surely the most pivotal game of the campaign so far for Slaven Bilic.

The hosts head into the clash off the back of an agonising 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park last weekend as we gave up a lead in the seventh minute of added-time, whilst Liverpool make the trip with two wins on the bounce to their name in The PL and Champions League, making for an intriguing matchup.

When?

The clash will kick-off at 5:30 PM tomorrow evening (Saturday 4 November 2017) with Live Coverage on Television being provided by BT Sport in The United Kingdom.

Alternatively, Live Radio Commentary is being provided by both TalkSport and BBC Radio London on FM, but if you don’t have access to either a Radio or TV tomorrow, you can head over to @MooreThanAClub for live build-up, Twitter Text Commentary, and reaction from The London Stadium.

Where?

The tie will take place at our 66,000-seater London Stadium, a ground which we only currently have access to 57,000 seats of due to violent clashes during home games with Watford and Chelsea last season.

Since moving to Stratford in summer 2016, we have endured turbulent times as poor form and crowd disturbance has marred The Stadium’s reputation.

To add to this, Bilic’s boys were forced to play the first four games of the season away from home due to Stratford hosting the 2017 World Athletics Championship.

But, to Hammers, the London 2012 Olympic Stadium is slowly starting to feel like home and tomorrow evening will be the second time that The Red Side of Merseyside have visited E20, winning 0-4 on their first outing back in May.

Team News

Slaven Bilic confirmed in his Pre-Liverpool Press Conference on Thursday afternoon that there will be four major injury doubts in the form of Michail Antonio, Sam Byram, James Collins and Jose Fonte who will all miss tomorrow’s clash.

Right-back Palo Zabaleta is suspended due to the accumulation of red cards, leaving Bilic with a headache in that area, but defender Winston Reid and striker Diafra Sakho are set to return to the Squad.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has a number of injury worries ahead of his trip South, one of them being Georginio Wijnaldum, who has been ruled out after limping off against Maribor in midweek.

Whereas Philippe Coutinho is out as well with an abductor knock, while Dejan Lovren could make it in time and Sadio Mane remains side-lined despite returning to training, Daniel Sturridge is expected to lead the line.

Form

The teams of West Ham United and Liverpool have met a staggering 135 times in Competition Football, but the record makes grave viewing for any member of The Claret & Blue Army.

The Reds have a remarkable 71 wins to their name in the fixture, while our Hammers pathetically trail behind them with 28 and the points have been shared on only 36 occasions.

The days of the 2015/2016 season where we managed to beat Klopp’s men an impressive three times in all Competitions are long gone, with the North-West side managing to stay unbeaten against us for the entirety of the last campaign.

Notable past meetings between the two sides include Liverpool’s heart-breaking victories in both the 1981 League Cup and 2006 FA Cup Finals and our 7-0 home thrashing of them in September 1930, the last encounter was the aforementioned clash at The London Stadium in the spring.

The Opposition

Originally formed in summer 1892, Liverpool Football Club are widely regarded as one of the most successful and famous teams to have ever played the game, not just in Europe, but in The world.

They have won The UEFA Champions League a remarkable five times, are holders of seven FA Cups and eight League Cups winning The English Top-Flight on 18 occasions in the process, although never winning The Premier League to this date.

Despite this, like many others, The Reds have suffered a decline in form in the Modern Era and not won a Major Trophy since breaking the Record for the most League Cup wins in 2011.

Off the field, events like The Heysel Disaster and Hillsborough Tragedy have often cast a shadow on The Football, but nowadays, under German Jurgen Klopp, they sit sixth in The Premier League and are surely once again on the rise to greater things.

Who Is Officiating?

Senior Select Group Referee Neil Swarbrick will be the man in the middle in East London, with Stephen Child and Eddie Smart as his Assistants, and fellow Premier League Referee Craig Pawson playing the role of Fourth Official.

So, with the scene well and truly set for tomorrow evening’s much-anticipated clash in Stratford, can our Irons snatch a surprise home victory to ensure that Bilic gets some sleep over the next few nights?

Or, will the travelling Reds deal us a Hammer blow to further get their season back on track and open up the possibility of going level on points with fourth place? Head over to @MooreThanAClub to have your say and get your score predictions in.