Sunday goal fest expected as Liverpool prevail over West Ham

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The Liverpool title chase will rumble on at pace against a West Ham side that have grown accustomed to failing to beat the Reds, but Brendan Rodgers’ challenge for the ultimate prize in English football won’t come at the cost of goals.

The Hammers’ torrid plight is highlighted by their odds of 7/1 to win the match despite playing host, while Liverpool are the strong 2/5 favourites, with a draw available at 19/5.

The price on an away win is certainly justified considering the Anfield club have won eight consecutive Premier League outings, while their record against the Hammers only adds weight to the possibility of the visitors prevailing.

There have only been two occasions in the last 22 meetings between these two where Irons fans have been able to celebrate a victory, although the more optimistic followers will cling to the fact that both of those triumphs came at Upton Park.

Realistically, though, the guarantee of goals that Liverpool provide should form the crux of any betting strategy for the match, with the 37/20 about a Reds win coming in a game that contains over 3.5 total goals the recommended flutter.

Only seven of Liverpool’s 32 Premier League games have failed to reach the 2.5-goal mark, while no top-flight side have played in more matches of four goals or more all season.

20 of those 32 outings have surpassed the 3.5 line for the Reds while the 4-1 score line in the reverse fixture certainly boosts the confidence surrounding another goal-fest.

Sam Allardyce’s side will certainly play their part in helping the bet land as they’ve scored two or more goals in their last three home games against their Anfield opponents, while Liverpool’s focus on scoring has made them a vulnerable defensive unit all season, with the 39 they’ve shipped the highest number in the league’s top six.

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

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