An impressive West Ham side welcome Liverpool to Upton Park.
There signs that Brendan Rodgers is beginning to get the hang of this Liverpool management malarkey, but West Ham United at Upton Park could be a real test.
Both teams will be missing a striker.
Sam Allardyce will be unable to select Andy Carroll for the Hammers, as he is a) ineligible, and b) injured anyway, while Luis Suarez is suspended for Liverpool – meaning Jonjo Shelvey will likely start up front.
Still, with the Reds gradually climbing the table, and progressing impressively in the UEFA Europa League, this represents a real opportunity for both teams.
Venue Upton Park
Last season n/a
Referee Lee Probert
This season’s matches 10 Y29, R1, 3.00 cards per game
Odds West Ham 9-5 Liverpool 29-20 Draw 9-4
Subs from Spiegel, Demel, Taylor, Potts, Spence, Tomkins, Moncur, O’Neil, Fanimo, Benayoun, Hall
Doubtful McCartney (ankle), Benayoun (knee)
Injured Collison (knee, 26 Dec), Carroll (knee, Jan), Vaz Te (shoulder, Jan), Diarra (thigh, unknown)
Ineligible Carroll (terms of loan deal)
Form guide WLLDWD
Disciplinary record Y32 R0
Leading scorer Nolan 5
Subs from Jones, Gulacsi, Carragher, Coates, Sahin, Henderson, Assaidi, Morgan, Robinson, Yesil, Cole, Pacheco, Sinclair
Doubtful Gerrard (illness), Sahin (nose)
Injured Borini (Jan), Kelly (knee, Mar)
Suspended Suárez (one match)
Form guide WLDWDD
Disciplinary record Y21 R2
Leading scorer Suárez 10
In 32 Premier League matches between the clubs, Liverpool have won 19 and West Ham just six.
West Ham’s biggest league win against Liverpool at Upton Park came in September 1930, a 7-0 victory. Liverpool’s biggest league win at West Ham was a 5-1 success in September 1965.
The Hammers have not managed back-to-back wins in the league this season.
They have the fifth-best home record in the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce’s side are the only team in the Premier League yet to concede a headed goal this season.
They have yet to receive a red card this season.
The Reds have won five of 15 Premier League games this term.
Against Southampton, they attempted 19 shots on goal – their most in the Premier League so far.
Luis Suarez has scored 10 league goals in 15 games, just one shy of last season’s Premier League total.
SOURCE: BBC Sport