16/17 Premier League Preview – Matchweek 15: West Ham (H)

16/17 Premier League Preview – Matchweek 15: West Ham (H)
December 9, 2016 Gary Fulcher

Part One by Gary Fulcher.

Slaven Bilic’s West Ham are the next visitors to Anfield on Sunday – 4.30pm kick off UK time – with the Reds hoping to show the late collapse against Bournemouth last Sunday was just a blip. That 3-4 reverse at Bournemouth was Liverpool’s first defeat in 11 matches in the Premier League and 15 including the EFL Cup. Despite that setback the Reds sit in 3rd place, four points adrift of leaders Chelsea but satisfyingly nine clear of Manchester Utd.

West Ham sit one place and one point above the relegation zone having won just three league games all season, with all three victories won by the same 1-0 scoreline (Bournemouth at home, Crystal Palace away and Sunderland at home). The Hammers are without a win in their last five league games drawing two and losing three. The 1-5 defeat at home to Arsenal last Saturday was their heaviest defeat of the season but it was the sixth time that they’ve conceded three or more goals in 14 league matches.

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