For West Ham fans a trip to Anfield is traditionally the most unrewarding pilgrimage in the Premier League, but given the circumstances surrounding this clash against Liverpool, a joyous journey home for those Hammers could finally be in the offing.
West Ham have not tasted victory at Anfield since 1963, losing 30 times during that painfully-long stretch, so it is unsurprising that Liverpool go into battle as 7/10 favourites, the draw is 11/4 and the visitors are 4/1 outsiders.
However, as our best bets for the contest reveal, there could be some glum faces in the Kop come full-time on Saturday.
West Ham to win @ 4/1
After winning comfortably 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground earlier in the season, Sam Allardyce knows what it takes to beat the Reds, even if Brendan Rodgers’ side have markedly improved since.
Working in the Hammers’ favour, though, is that Liverpool’s first-choice XI had to play right through 120 minutes in a particularly frenetic League Cup semi-final four days before this contest.
This is sure to have taken its toll, while for all Liverpool’s improvement they have lacked a cutting edge at Anfield, only losing twice, but drawing six of the last seven in all competitions.
West Ham’s form is good too, having won their last two games without conceding, going unbeaten in six.
West Ham Double chance @ 11/10
Those punters unwilling to go against the tide of history in such daring fashion may wish to opt for the security blanket of the double chance instead, especially with that succession of draws at home for Liverpool.
First-half correct score 0-0 @ 11/5
Neither of these teams have managed to find a breakthrough before half-time in their last three matches apiece, lending considerable weight to this wager.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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