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West Ham v Liverpool Saturday 9th May 5.30pm ko Live on Setanta

TEAM NEWS

West Ham’s injury list includes Scott Parker, James Collins, Kieron Dyer, Dean Ashton, Valon Behrami, Danny Gabbidon and Carlton Cole.

Xabi Alonso has failed to recover from an ankle injury and will miss out for Liverpool.

Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano are fit again and in the squad.

West Ham Squad: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Stanislas, Noble, Lopez, Kovac, Boa Morte, Collison, Tristan, Di Michele, Sears, Lastuvka, Spector, Payne, Hines, Savio.

Liverpool Squad: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Hyypia, Agger, Dossena, Aurelio, Insua, Benayoun, Gerrard, Babel, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Torres, Riera, Cavalieri, Ngog, El Zhar.

TOP SCORERS (LEAGUE ONLY)

WEST HAM

PLAYER  Goals

Carlton Cole 9
Craig Bellamy 5
David Di Michele 4
Diego Tristán 3
Mark Noble 3
Jack Collison 3

LIVERPOOL

PLAYER Goals

Steven Gerrard 13
Fernando Torres 13
Dirk Kuyt 11
Yossi Benayoun 7
Robbie Keane 5
Alberto Riera 3

THE ORACLE’S MATCH PRICES (100% BOOK)

WEST HAM 13/2 13%

DRAW 10/3 23%

LIVERPOOL 4/7 64%

ANALYSIS

MATCH:

West Ham are sitting in seventh place in the league and are in pole position to qualify for the Europa league next season. Considering the resources he has had to work with, Gianfranco Zola has done a fantastic job. However, I think the Hammers are punching above their weight and are likely to miss out on European football next season. Several players left in January and the team that takes the field tomorrow will be missing seven of the starting eleven which left Anfield with a point in December. Several injury problems have reduced the Hammers to the bare bones and it is difficult to see them getting more than a draw.

Liverpool need a victory to keep alive their extremely slim hopes of snatching the title from Man United and will be boosted by the return of Fernando Torres. The Spaniard missed the goalless draw between the two in December and along with Gerrard, will provide a serious threat. Liverpool are scoring freely at the moment and have managed three or more in their last five games. They have lost just one of their last twenty four league games and they are rightfully strong favourites to leave Upton Park with all three points.

The match prices look about right and whilst a Liverpool victory is definitely the most likely outcome, it does not provide any real value. West Ham have failed to beat any of the six sides above them in the table this season and will be relying on hard work and team spirit rather than on quality to see them through.

GOALS:

Liverpool’s last six matches in all competitions have featured three goals or more as have nine of their last ten. These ten games have averaged 4.6 goals per game making over 2.5 goals the only option worth considering, at first glance. However, West Ham’s record is the exact opposite and twelve of the last thirteen have featured two goals or less. The Hammers are struggling to score at the moment and a bet on over 2.5 goals might require Liverpool to score three times.

GOALSCORERS:

Steven Gerrard is a standout 2/1 with Corals to score at anytime and is worthy of at least a small interest. Gerrard is joint top Liverpool scorer in the Premiership with thirteen goals but his seven in Europe and one FA cup goal take his tally to twenty one. His advanced role these days, along with his threat from set pieces and penalty taking duties make him a value proposition. Ladbrokes and Hills are just 5/4. Yossi Benayoun is also a backable price to score against his old club at 10/3 with Hills. He has eight goals in all competitions and is in the form of his career at the moment.

RECOMMENDATIONS

1pt Steven Gerrard to score anytime 2/1 Coral or 15/8 BoyleSports

Best Wishes

The Oracle

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