The biggest English FA Cup fourth-round replay this week takes place at Upton Park in London as West Ham United hosts fellow Premier League side Liverpool on Tuesday, February 9. The two teams played to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in Liverpool just over a week ago and this round must be decided on Tuesday. If it’s level after 90 minutes then the squads will play a 30-minute period of extra time. If the score is still tied then the match will be decided by a penalty shootout. The winner of this match is scheduled to meet Blackburn Rovers of the second-tier Championship League away in the fifth round of the competition.
West Ham United vs Liverpool – bet365 SOCCER BETTING LINE:
- bet365 lists West Ham as the current favorites after 90 minutes at 7/5 with Liverpool 2/1 and a draw at 9/4
West Ham United vs Liverpool – Head to Head:
- The two teams have met three times already this season with Liverpool failing to score a goal. West Ham were 2-0 winners in league play at Upton Park and took all three points at Anfield with a 3-0 victory. The first FA Cup meeting about 10 days ago ended in a 0-0 draw at Anfield. Overall, the two clubs have met 132 times in the past with Liverpool winning 70, losing 27 and drawing the other 35. Liverpool beat West Ham 2-0 at home in league action last season with West Ham winning their home match 3-1. West Ham has just one loss against the Reds in their past five meetings. The teams met in the 2006 FA Cup Final and played to a 3-3 draw before Liverpool won the silverware via a penalty shootout.
Liverpool enters the game after playing to a 2-2 home draw against Sunderland on Saturday while West Ham was downed 1-0 at Southampton. Liverpool currently sits in ninth position in the 20-team Premier League with 35 points from nine victories, eight draws and eight defeats. They’ve scored 32 times and conceded 36, but have just two victories in their past nine outings in all competitions. They’ve also won just three times in their past nine away fixtures. The Reds have posted seven clean sheets so far this campaign and have failed to score on eight occasions.
West Ham occupies sixth place in the league with 39 points from 10 victories, nine draws and six defeats. They’ve scored 38 times and have allowed 29 goals against. Liverpool basically fielded a weakened side against West Ham at home in the first FA Cup meeting and the move backfired on manager Juergen Klopp as they now have to play another game in an already busy period of the season. West Ham has been strong at home this season and are unbeaten in their past 11 at Upton Park in all competitions. They beat Championship League club Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 in the third round of the FA Cup while Liverpool drew Exeter City 2-2 in the first meeting before winning the replay 3-0 on Merseyside.
Liverpool will likely be without Divock Origi, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Jordan Rossiter, Martin Skrtel, Danny Ings and the always-injured Daniel Sturridge, but Philippe Coutinho and Origi could be back and there’s an outside chance that Sturridge will finally return to the squad. Meanwhile, West Ham will be without James Tomkins, Cheikhou Kouyate, Carl Jenkinson, Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho. The injury-prone Andy Carroll should be dressed and ready for action.
Liverpool has been struggling this season even after former manager Brendan Rodgers was sacked and replaced with Juergen Klopp of Germany. However, they have reached the League Cup final and will be facing Manchester City in it at Wembley. Liverpool has been eliminated from the FA Cup competition by teams from lower divisions four times in the past 10 seasons and last won the trophy in 2005/06 when they beat West Ham.
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By Ian Palmer