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  • February 27, 2011
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Premier League Preview: West Ham United - Liverpool

Premier League Preview: West Ham United - Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish's side look to make it five consecutive wins over struggling Hammers


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

West Ham (4-4-2): Green; Jacobsen, Tomkins, Gabbidon, Bridge; O'Neil, Noble, Parker, Obinna; Ba, Piquionne.

Liverpool (3-4-2-1): Reina; Agger, Skrtel, Carragher; Kelly, Lucas, Poulsen, Johnson; Kuyt, Meireles; Suarez.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Liverpool's Raul Meireles has scored in five of Liverpool's last six matches.
  • Kenny Dalglish's side have won their last four league games against West Ham
  • Liverpool are currently on a three-game unbeaten away run in all competitions.
  • In each of their last four wins, Liverpool have scored three goals.
  • Liverpool have not won three consecutive league games away from home since May 2009.
  • West Ham's last seven goals have been scored by strikers.
  • Only Birmingham City (13) have scored fewer goals at home than West Ham (14) this season.
  • West Ham have lost 13 of their last 16 league games against Liverpool.
  • Avram Grant's side have only kept three clean sheets in the league all season.
  • At this stage last season, West Ham had only two more points from 27 games but were in 13th place.

LAST MEETING

November 20, 2010: Liverpool 3-0 West Ham

A first-half blitz guided by Roy Hodgson saw Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez find the net before the interval. The loss left Avram Grant's side at the foot of the Premier League and heaped more pressure on the Israeli.

Players to watch

S. Parker

Position: Midfielder

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The midfielder has consistently offered calm in an Upton Park storm with his composure and finesse on the ball. Avram Grant relies heavily on Parker - not only to give half-time team talks, but also to break up attacking play from their opponents, and against Meireles and potentially Steven Gerrard, the former Chelsea man should have his hands full. It will be interesting to note whether he can cope defensively, as well as aid West Ham's build-up play.

Raul Meireles

Position: Midfielder

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The Portuguese midfielder has been given a new lease of life under Kenny Dalglish and his recent scoring record suggests he will be a threat at Upton Park. It'll be interesting to see whether the former Porto man can break free from the industrious Scott Parker, who will likely be delegated the responsibility of picking up Liverpool's runs from their attacking midfielders.

Editor's Prediction

Kenny Dalglish has only lost one league match since taking charge and it's easy to underestimate the Scot's impact since his January arrival.

West Ham's bolstered attack could give the visitors problems and Demba Ba has shown early promise of being able to score consistently. But Liverpool look more assured with every passing game and if Meireles is on form, the midfielder could make the difference.

Last Five Matches

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