A LOOK AT THE STATS
Liverpool’s stumble against a Villa team with a consistent record for taking the points from 9 of the last 10 fixtures now turns into a match that begins with the stats in favour of Liverpool.
West Ham have failed to overcome Liverpool 20 times out of the last 22 matches these two teams have met competitively. They won just 2 of those matches and managed to force a draw in 4; while Liverpool have taken 16 wins from the last 22 fixtures.
If stats are anything to go by, West Ham are also down on their luck as they suffered defeat in 7 of their last fixtures when the game kicks off at 5:30. This could be Liverpool’s come back from the disappointing failure to turn 75% of possession into enough creative chances at Anfield last week.
The good news is Liverpool have scored a total of 33 times out of their previous 11 games played away, and we have scored in every away game in 2014! Liverpool have made an incredible turnaround coming from a team that lost points away with frustrating consistency to a team that now take the fight to its opponents’ ground and has been rewarded goal for doing so.
In doing so Liverpool have the added incentive to set a new record versus West Ham by becoming the first top-flight league team to have smashed in a goal for 17 away games consecutively. This is helped on by the fact that West Ham have a shaken up defence because Sam Allardyce’s lads have managed to keep only a single clean sheet from their last 16 appearances.
More good news as far the stats are concerned as Liverpool have only failed to score a goal at Upton Park on just a single occasion in the last 11 West Ham fixtures in London.
Liverpool will need all the positively they can get in this fixture to overcome demon stats that are showing a trend in the absences of Daniel Sturridge. In the last 5 games Liverpool have played with Sturridge, they have failed to produce a win in 3 of them. One of those losses being last week’s game versus West Ham.
Another worrying stat that also haunts the Liverpool ranks surrounds Mario Balotelli. Going back to his City days, the Italian pro that netted the deceive goal versus England in the World Cup has once from his last 18 Premier League matches.
If you were a betting man, you would probably do well to swing to towards Liverpool breaking their record for scoring in 17 consecutive games, but whether we have the capacity to keep the home team’s advances at bay is still a tentative subject until we see more of how this newly fitted Liverpool team gels as the season progresses.