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West Ham vs. Liverpool (27/2/2011)

CalumE5

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West Ham v Liverpool

Barclays Premier League
Venue: Upton Park Date: Sunday, 27 February
Kick-off: 1330 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on Sky Sports 1 and highlights on Match of the Day 2; listen on BBC Radio 5 live, local radio and Absolute Radio; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles


TEAM NEWS
Thomas Hitzlsperger will make his first league appearance for West Ham, having scored on his debut in Monday's FA Cup win over Burnley.
Matthew Upson (Achilles) is unlikely to feature, and Victor Obinna might miss out with a foot problem.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has played down suggestions that Andy Carroll will be fit to make his debut.
Steven Gerrard could return from a groin injury, but Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly are doubts.

West Ham
Doubtful: Obinna (foot)
Injured: Collison & Kurucz (both knee), Dyer (thigh), Keane (calf), Stanislas (hernia), Upson (Achilles)

Liverpool
Doubtful: Agger (unknown), Carroll (thigh), Gerrard (groin), Johnson (Achilles), Kelly (groin/thigh)
Injured: Aurelio (thigh), Shelvey (knee)


MATCH PREVIEW
Sweat and tears provided the catalyst for West Ham's unprecedented comeback at West Brom, and the Hammers must sustain that Olympian effort in their quest for survival.

The pressure to remain in the top flight is intensified by their proposed move to Stratford after the 2012 London Games. It looked as if West Ham would fold under the strain when they trailed 3-0 at fellow strugglers West Brom, but a heartfelt half-time rallying cry by captain Scott Parker inspired the team to claw back the deficit and move off the foot of the table.

While Parker could yet prove to be West Ham's miracle worker, Liverpool have most certainly found their own. They are unbeaten in their last eight matches under Kenny Dalglish, and European qualification is now an achievable prospect.

Nonetheless, Liverpool still have to play four of the sides above them. It's a tough-looking run of games for West Ham too - five of their next eight league fixtures are against teams currently in the top six.


MATCH FACTS
Head-to-head
• Liverpool have won their last four matches against West Ham, scoring three goals on each occasion.
• Their only defeat in the last 17 meetings was 1-0 at Upton Park in January 2008. West Ham have lost five of the last six clashes in east London.
West Ham
• The Hammers have only won one of their last six league matches, picking up five points out of a possible 18.
• The 3-3 draw at West Brom represented the first time in the Premier League that they have come back from a 3-0 deficit to gain a point; they had lost on the previous 56 occasions.
• They have the worst home record in the top flight, averaging a point a game from their 13 matches.
• Avram Grant's side have also picked up fewer points (4) against top-half opposition than any other Premier League team.
• Thomas Hitzlsperger is poised for his 100th Premier League appearance, having made 99 for Aston Villa.
Liverpool
• They are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup matches (W5, D3). They have only conceded three goals in that time.
• The Reds have dropped 19 points from winning positions this season - only Sunderland (20) have fared worse.
• This is Kenny Dalglish's 450th league match as a manager (W248, D113, L88).
• Raul Meireles has scored five goals in his last six league matches after failing to find the net in his first 17.


LEADING GOALSCORERS

West Ham
Cole: 10 goals (4 league); Piquionne: 8 goals (6 league);
Obinna: 8 goals (3 league)

Liverpool
Gerrard: 8 goals (4 league); Ngog: 8 goals (2 league)
NB. Carroll has scored 11 goals (11 league) for Newcastle; Torres scored 9 goals (9 league) for Liverpool before joining Chelsea.


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Mark Halsey
Assistant referees: Simon Long & Martin Yerby
Fourth official: Phil Crossley


LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS
West Ham (D3-3 v West Brom, a): Green; Jacobsen, Reid, da Costa, Bridge, O'Neil (Spector 78), Parker, Noble, Boa Morte (Piquionne 57), Cole, Ba. Subs not used: Boffin, Hitzlsperger, Kovac, Faubert, Hines
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Liverpool (D1-1 v Wigan, h): Reina; Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Johnson, Maxi, Lucas, Meireles (Ngog 54), Aurelio, Suarez, Kuyt (Jovanovic 73). Subs not used: Gulacsi, Pacheco, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Poulsen.​

Yes, I was lazy and got this off the BBC ;)

My prediction is a 2-0 win for Liverpool, West Ham will put up a good fight. Goals from Suarez and Kuyt :)
 

*JK*

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Wear's the logos and kits? Im really disappointed in you CalumE5, you could of atleast put some effort in the text colour :(

Anyways 3-0 Pool
 

DMF

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West Ham are dangerous, but they lack a spark without Obinna.

If Obinna plays - West Ham 1-1 Liverpool
If Obinna doesn't play - West Ham 0-2 Liverpool.
 

jack_widnell

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Liverpool XI vs West Ham: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Carra, Wilson, Johnson, Lucas, Meireles, Gerrard, Kuyt, Suarez
 

DMF

@dmf180593
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Good to see Wilson getting a game.. so it looks like;

Reina
Skrtel Carragher Wilson
Kelly ---------------------------------- Johnson
Lucas
Gerrard --------- Meireles
Kuyt Suarez​
 

CalumE5

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The Liverpool team in full is: Reina, Johnson, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Wilson, Lucas, Gerrard, Meireles, Kuyt, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Cole, Poulsen, Spearing, Maxi, Ngog.

No young subs, that's a shame :S I'm hoping for:

Reina
Kelly - Carragher - Skrtel - Wilson
Lucas - Gerrard
Kuyt - Meireles - Johnson
Suarez​

But it will be:

Reina
Carragher - Skrtel - Wilson
Kelly ----------------------------- Johnson
Lucas - Gerrard
Meireles
Kuyt - Suarez​

Hope Danny Wilson impresses on his Prem debut :)
 

pistolped7

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The Liverpool team in full is: Reina, Johnson, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Wilson, Lucas, Gerrard, Meireles, Kuyt, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Cole, Poulsen, Spearing, Maxi, Ngog.

No young subs, that's a shame :S
Spearing is only 22. :S
 

CalumE5

Luis Suarez!
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Spearing is only 22. :S
22 isn't that young. I guess you could count him, but I don't see him as having too much potential compared with the likes of the youth team players who I'd prefer to see on the bench, like Conor Coady + Raheem Sterling for example.
 

CalumE5

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1245: BREAKING LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
Steven Gerrard returns from injury and teenage Scottish defender Danny Wilson makes his first Premier League debut. More on that, and Hammers news too, very soon.

Hmm, first Premier League debut? How many debuts is he planning on having? XD
 

Ben

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West Ham 1-3 Liverpool.

Gerrard (Pen)
Hitzlsperger (Rocket)
Kuyt
Suarez
 

CalumE5

Luis Suarez!
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Full team line-ups:

West Ham
01 Green
05 Tomkins
15 Upson
36 Bridge
37 Jacobsen
08 Parker
11 Hitzlsperger
16 Noble
32 O'Neil
21 Ba
30 Piquionne

Substitutes
31 Boffin, 02 Reid, 18 Spector, 22 Da Costa, 13 Boa Morte, 09 Cole, 26 Hines


Liverpool
25 Reina
02 G Johnson
22 Wilson
23 Carragher
34 Kelly
37 Skrtel
04 Meireles
08 Gerrard
21 Lucas
07 Suarez
18 Kuyt

Substitutes
42 Gulacsi, 16 Kyrgiakos, 10 Cole, 17 Maxi, 26 Spearing, 28 Poulsen, 24 Ngog
 

Playmaker10

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Pool playing 5-3-2 formation,quite concerning dont you think?


.Kenny isnt the least adventurous.Anyways,well see how that turns out.
 

DMF

@dmf180593
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Pool playing 5-3-2 formation,quite concerning dont you think?


.Kenny isnt the least adventurous.Anyways,well see how that turns out.
He's been doing it since he became manager, and it's worked. They haven't lost yet.
 

Ben

I am a biased ****.
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Pool playing 5-3-2 formation,quite concerning dont you think?


.Kenny isnt the least adventurous.Anyways,well see how that turns out.
It's much more 3-5-2. Quite interesting actually. When we have the ball it is anyway, sometimes Kelly and Johnson are racing to the byline, often leaving it as a 3 man defence with a 3 man midfield, however when the opposition have possesion it turns into 5-3-2 yes. It is a formation which is working well, very solid defensively and going forward.
 

Alex

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Pool playing 5-3-2 formation,quite concerning dont you think?


.Kenny isnt the least adventurous.Anyways,well see how that turns out.
3 defenders, 2 very attacking wing backs, lucas plays in the sort of busquests role which means gerrard and meireles can push on to support suarez, kuyt, johnson and kelly.

So in fact its a fairly attacking formation which as DMF has rightly pointed out, has yet to fail us.
 
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