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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

www.PremiershipPreview.co.uk

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Liverpool v Newcastle United

Sunday 3rd May 1.30pm ko Live on
Setanta

TEAM NEWS  
Captain Steven Gerrard is fit again for Liverpool after injury.  
Philip Degen is back in training but is still not fit enough to be included
in the squad.   Newcastle will be without defenders Steven Taylor and
Jose Enrique.   Midfielders Jonas Gutierrez and Joey Barton are both
available again after injury.      

Liverpool Squad: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher,
Skrtel, Agger, Hyypia, Aurelio, Dossena, Insua, Benayoun, Gerrard, Alonso, Mascherano,
Babel, Lucas, Kuyt, Torres, Riera, Ngog, Cavalieri.
 
Newcastle Squad: Harper, Forster, Krul,
Beye, Bassong, Coloccini, Edgar, Cacapa, Butt, Duff, R Taylor, Gutierrez, Nolan,
Guthrie, Barton, Lovenkrands, Geremi, Smith, Martins, Owen, Viduka, Carroll,
Xisco, Ranger.

 

 

TOP SCORERS (LEAGUE ONLY)  
LIVERPOOL                
                       
                       
NEWCASTLE UNITED
 

PLAYER
Goals
PLAYER
Goals
Steven
Gerrard
13
Michael
Owen
8
Fernando
Torres
13
Obafemi
Martins
7
Dirk
Kuyt
10
Shola
Ameobi
4
Yossi
Benayoun
6
Damien
Duff
3
Robbie
Keane
5
Steven
Taylor
3
Alberto
Riera
3
Andrew
Carroll
3

 

THE ORACLE’S
MATCH PRICES (100% BOOK)
 

LIVERPOOL                             
1/4        80%

DRAW             
                       
11/2      15%     

NEWCASTLE UNITED              
18/1      5%      

ANALYSIS  

MATCH:   Newcastle let us down last week and after watching that game,
I will be amazed if they stay up. They just don’t seem to have the quality
needed to get them out of trouble and they are hugely lacking in confidence.
The introduction of Alan Shearer as manager as had no effect whatsoever with
Newcastle winning just two points out of a possible twelve under his charge.
They are now without a win in nine games.   Liverpool are now unbeaten
in twenty eight home games and have not lost at Anfield to anyone outside the
big four since November 2004. Liverpool are playing with a lot of confidence
going forward right now and are boosted by the return of Steven Gerrard. They
have scored fifteen goals in their last four matches and stuck five past Newcastle
at St James’ Park earlier in the season. The Geordies will again be without
Steven Taylor at the back and Jose Enrique’s comeback from injury last
week lasted all of twenty minutes. The loss of Enrique is especially painful
as Newcastle have no cover for the left back position and Damien Duff may have
to fill in.   The last three fixtures between these two sides have resulted
in an aggregate score of 11-1 to Liverpool and I think there is the potential
for another big score line tomorrow.  

GOALS:   With the number of goals Liverpool are scoring right now, it’s
hard to look past over 2.5 goals. Liverpool’s last five games have featured
three goals or more and just one of their last nine in all competitions has
featured two or less. Their last nine fixtures average 4.8 goals per game! Four
goals or more at 7/4 with Blue Square might be worth an interest although you
might be relying on Liverpool getting all of them.  

GOALSCORERS:   Fernando Torres has to be the bet here at 10/11 to score
anytime. It sounds short but when you look at the stats it’s not short
enough. Torres is just one short of fifty goals for Liverpool in just seventy
appearances which is an incredible statistic. He seems to score most of his
goals in home games and he has four in the last three. The return of Steven
Gerrard should also provide him with more chances. The Tote, Ladbrokes and Hills
are just 4/7 so 10/11 looks a bit of value in a game with a high goals expectancy.
     
 

RECOMMENDATIONS  

1pt Fernando Torres to score anytime 10/11
Coral or 5/6 S James

Best Wishes

The Oracle

www.PremiershipPreview.co.uk