Liverpool v West Ham

19 November 2010 11:47
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be out of action for up to a month after suffering a hamstring strain on England duty.Brazilian midfielder Lucas serves a one-game ban, but defenders Glen Johnson and Fabio Aurelio are available for selection. [LNB]West Ham manager Avram Grant has reported no new injury doubts following the midweek internationals. [LNB]Striker Carlton Cole will be hoping to make his 100th start for the Hammers. [LNB][LNB]Liverpool[LNB]Suspended: Lucas (one match) [LNB]Injured: Agger (calf), Cole & Gerrard (hamstring) [LNB]West Ham[LNB]Injured: Ben Haim (foot), Collison, Hines & Kurucz (all knee), Hitzlsperger (thigh) [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW Both Roy Hodgson and Avram Grant received the dreaded vote of confidence this week in a sure sign that pressure is mounting at both these clubs.[LNB] Weak-minded people press the panic button, but at the same time we didn't want to just survive this season West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady Liverpool's malaise was brought into sharp focus with defeat at Stoke last time out, a result that left the Anfield club hovering just three points above the relegation zone and renewed some fans' calls for the return of legend Kenny Dalglish. [LNB]John W Henry, the club's new American owner, was quick to back his manager and warned there is no "quick fix" to Liverpool's travails, but Hodgson will be well aware that patience is a virtue in short supply in the world of football. His cause has not been helped by the loss of talisman Steven Gerrard for up to a month with a hamstring strain. [LNB]West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady also made it clear this week that Avram Grant has the full support of the club's board, despite the Hammers' worst-ever start to a Premier League season. [LNB]Grant's side are five points from safety and without a victory since September. Their last win on the road came at Wolves on the opening day of last season, an abysmal record that is unlikely to change at Anfield on Saturday - the Hammers have gone 47 years without winning there. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• West Ham haven't won at Anfield since September 1963 and have scored just four goals in 15 Premier League matches there. [LNB]• The Hammers have failed to score in 12 of their 15 Premier League visits to Anfield. [LNB]• Fernando Torres has scored five goals in four Premier League appearances against the London club. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on this match Liverpool[LNB]• Torres has hit 44 goals in 47 Premier League appearances at Anfield. [LNB]• Twelve of Liverpool's 13 league goals this season have been scored or set-up by either Torres or Steven Gerrard. The exception was David Ngog's goal on the opening day against Arsenal. [LNB]• The Reds have lost all five league games this season in which they have conceded the first goal. [LNB]• Liverpool have lost 49 Premier League matches at Anfield. [LNB]West Ham[LNB]• West Ham are without a win in their last seven Premier League matches. [LNB]• Their sole victory in the league this season was a 1-0 win at home to Tottenham on 25 September. [LNB]• They have scored just five goals from open play, fewer than any other side in the top flight. [LNB]• The Hammers are without a Premier League win on the road in 24 outings. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Liverpool[LNB]Gerrard: 7 goals (3 league); Ngog: 7 goals (1 league); [LNB]Torres: 5 goals (5 league) [LNB][LNB]West Ham[LNB]Piquionne: 5 goals (4 league); Parker: 5 goals (3 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Lee Probert [LNB]Assistant referees: Stephen Child & Ceri Richards [LNB]Fourth official: Anthony Taylor [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Liverpool (L0-2 v Stoke, a): Reina; Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky, Meireles (Ngog 66), Lucas, Gerrard, Maxi (Babel 73), Torres, Kuyt. Subs not used: Jones, Jovanovic, Poulsen, Shelvey, Kelly. [LNB]West Ham (D0-0 v Blackpool, h): Green; Jacobsen, Upson, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Boa Morte (Cole 71), Noble, Parker, Dyer (Barrera 18), Obinna, Piquionne (McCarthy 82). Subs not used: Stech, Tomkins, Kovac, Spector.

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