West Ham United-Liverpool Betting Preview: Why it’s worth backing an early goal in this fixture

The Reds’ quest for the title takes them to Upton Park this weekend, with Hugh Wilson backing a fast start on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool travel to East London on Sunday to face West Ham as they look to make it nine league wins in row which would certainly boost their chances of staying at the top of the table.

In the opposite corner, the Hammers know that one more win would get them to the magic 40 point mark after a good run of form in recent weeks.

Sam Allardyce brings his side into this game after two wins on the spin. The Hammers beat Sunderland away last Monday 2-1, with the same result going in West Ham’s favour the week before, this time beating Hull City at home.

With four wins in their last five at home, Allardyce’s side won’t fear Liverpool. Paddy Power price them at 15/2 (8.50) to cause a shock.

The Reds come into this fixture scoring for fun, after another dominant display saw them take Tottenham Hotspur apart last weekend 4-0. With 30 goals scored in their last eight league games, Liverpool and their fans are now starting to believe they can clinch their first league title since 1990.

Paddy Power price them at 2/5 (1.40) to take all three points, with the same firm pricing the draw at 7/2 (4.50).

Despite this fantastic run in the league from Liverpool, it’s certainly not worth underestimating West Ham, who have ground out some great results at home. The Reds price of even money (2.00) on the -1 handicap is tempting, but there is a better option for this match.

A goal scored before and during the 22nd minute at 10/11 (1.91) is a fantastic bet . Liverpool’s matches this season have been action packed from the start, with this bet landing easily in seven of their last nine games. With the bet also paying out in two of West Ham’s last three, expect both teams to fire out of the blocks when the whistle is blown to start the match.

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