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.
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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