Date:Saturday December 8 2012
It`s our second consecutive home match with Liverpool arriving at Upton Park for a clash to be televised live by Sky Sports. Hammers fans will be hoping that the TV cameras are a lucky charm and we can replicate our fine 3-1 win over Chelsea, this Sunday against Liverpool. It`d be great wouldn`t it!
Much of the talk this week has been about the possible move to the Olympic Stadium, with West Ham having been granted preferred bidder status. Talking about what it could do for the club, Big Sam pulled no punches when asked if West Ham could be bigger than the opposition this Sunday, Liverpool, remarking,
"You have to judge a football club on its revenue and spending power."
"The Olympic Park has got a bigger facility and it could then create bigger revenues. If you increase your spending power then you increase the size of your football club."
Now that is food for thought!
Big Sam has a few injury problems to contend with. Definitely out through injury are Ricardo Vaz Te, Alou Diarra and Jack Collison. However, George McCartney and the ex-Liverpool player Yossi Benayoun are set to make a return.
Also out is Andy Carroll. Although Andy is injured, the fact that Liverpool are his parent club would have prohibited his participation in this encounter.
With Andy Carroll side-lined, Big Sam needs Carlton to produce the kind of performance he did last week, against Chelsea, every week.
Brendan Rodgers brings his squad to East London without Luis Suarez. The striker has picked up five yellow cards and will be suspended for this encounter. With Fabio Borini injured, this leaves Rodgers without a recognised striker to select from.
Steven Gerrard, who missed the midweek Europa League fixture, is set to return after illness.
The Liverpool captain, despite the advancing years, still has the capacity to influence matches.
Liverpool, as you`d expect considering their history, have the edge over West Ham when it comes to results in Premier League fixtures between the two sides. Of the 32 encounters Liverpool have won 19 and West Ham just 6
With Christmas approaching, both sets of supporters will be hoping for a decent win, albeit the ideal early present. Looking through the record books, West Ham`s biggest home win against Liverpool at Upton Park came in September 1930 when the Hammers won 7-0, whilst Liverpool`s biggest win came in the same month but in 1965 when they won 5-1 at Upton Park.
Referee - L. Probert Assistant - S. Beck Assistant - S. Child Fourth Official - M. Jones
The Premier League table doesn`t lie. It is perfectly correct when t shows us higher in the table than Liverpool, which is a measure of how far we`ve come and how far they`ve slipped. I`m taking West Ham to get their first back-to-back Premier League wins of the season and adding another win to the fine 3-1 win of last weekend against Chelsea.
Next up for West Ham is a fixture against West Bromwich Albion, next Sunday with a 16:00 hours kick off.
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Date:Saturday December 8 2012
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