Liverpool Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 29 Jan 2020 11:08:00
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After suffering another fourth-round exit from the Emirates FA Cup at home to Sky Bet Championship side West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, West Ham United now face consecutive home games starting with the visit of Premier League leaders Liverpool tonight, as they look to end January with what would be a remarkable victory.

This fixture was originally scheduled to kick-start West Ham's busy fixture programme on 21 December but had to be rescheduled due to Liverpool's participation in the Fifa Club World Cup.

The Hammers currently find themselves outside the relegation zone but only on goal difference and if they fail to end Jürgen Klopp's side's unbeaten run, then they will drop into the bottom three if they were to lose heavily.

West Ham were previously in the drop zone before David Moyes even took charge of his first game back in East London on New Year's Day. However, they soon bounced out of it by beating AFC Bournemouth in their later kick-off that day.

Should the worst happen tonight, they have the chance to move back up the table if they were to achieve a positive result against Brighton and Hove Albion when they visit Stratford on Saturday.

The East Londoners, like the Reds, have had a busy schedule over the last week, with Klopp having opted to play a full-strength team for the Premier League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday before going with a mixture of youth and experience in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury Town.

In the corresponding fixture last season, West Ham picked up an unlikely point, thanks to Michail Antonio's first-half equaliser but this time, they will be hoping to do what no other team has managed to do as yet and go one better.

Antonio will hope to get his first start since the 1-0 victory at Southampton on 14 December, while Angelo Ogbonna and Captain Mark Noble are expected to be back in the starting line-up after being rested against Slaven Bilic's Baggies.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph has started all three games since he made the move back to the club from Middlesbrough but he may be replaced as Lukasz Fabianski could well be fit enough to return.

Moyes will also make a late call on Robert Snodgrass as he has recovered from the injury he picked up at Leicester City a week ago. Arthur Masuaku looks set to miss out again due to injury.

Tonight's match is a 7:45pm kick-off and the referee is Jonathan Moss.

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