One match takes place in the English Premier League on Wednesday 29 January. It promises to be a midweek delight for followers of the beautiful game. The focus falls on East London as local side West Ham United welcome current league leaders Liverpool. The former Olympic Stadium in Stratford, now known as the London Stadium, plays host and a sell-out audience will be in attendance. Those unable to make it along to the venue can follow the play live on TV and live streaming sites from 7.45pm.
With an exciting 90 minutes ahead, bookmakers have been quick to react and offer up over 100 betting markets on the match. These include winner, both teams to score, total goals, first goalscorer and correct score. There’s something to suit every punter and odds that will appeal to all budgets. Make your predictions and tips then ensure you get your cash down on the best odds possible. You can do that by researching all major bookmakers or save yourself time by reading our preview. Our team of betting experts advise which firms are the most generous on popular bets.
Case for the Defence this Winter
West Ham has struggled for reasons to smile so far this season. The first half of the 2019/20 campaign was a difficult one for those loyal to The Hammers’ cause. They went into the new year hoping 2020 would be a little kinder to them. Are better times just around the corner? It’s difficult to have too much confidence in that when keeping West Ham’s recent form in mind. However, there is plenty of football still to be played and optimism in the camp. No one in the Hammers dressing room will be willing to throw in the towel just yet and accept relegation.
Avoiding Relegation at All Costs
Putting as much distance between themselves and the relegation zone is now the priority for West Ham between now and the end of the season. They must hold on to their place in the Premier League at all costs. To have the best chance of achieving that the board must back their coaching staff with cash to spend during the winter transfer window. The team conceded 38 goals in their first 23 games. They scored just 27 at the other end. Those stats show defence is the root of their problems and they must invest in at least one high-class defender if they are to plug the leaks.
The Hammers started 2020 with a thrilling and much-needed 4-0 win over lowly Bournemouth in the league. That was the perfect way to start the year. The three points were achieved thanks to goals from Haller, Anderson and a Noble double. That win was followed by a 2-0 away win over Gillingham in the FA Cup. However, they then went down to Sheffield United on the road before being held to a 1-1 draw in front of their own fans at this venue. The home win has been written off as a 17/2 no-hoper, best price available at Betfair.
Reds Hit the Front and Stay There
Liverpool has been thoroughly impressive so far this season. They enjoy a sizeable points advantage over last season’s champions Manchester City. Now most pundits believe it’s a case of when The Reds will claim the 2019/20 Premier League crown, rather than if. Jurgen Klopp’s crew haven’t put a foot wrong so far and, when they do end their drought and win the Premier League they will rate as deserving champions.
Start as You Mean to Go On
The visitors started the season with an impressive win over Norwich City at Anfield. That result set the pace for both teams. Liverpool stormed to the head of the Premier League table and has stayed there. Meanwhile, The Canaries have slumped down to the relegation zone. Most believe they will end the season in the bottom three. The Reds began 2020 with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United at home, the points that day collected thanks to goals from Salah and Mane, scored an hour apart.
Klopp and co followed that convincing win with a 1-0 Merseyside Derby victory over Everton at Anfield in the FA Cup on 5 January. The league leaders may have sent out a weakened side but those coming in had enough about them to snatch a place in the Fourth Round thanks to a goal from Jones on 71 minutes. An away goal can be added to your tips and predictions at odds of 7/20 (Unibet).