Bet the Home as Liverpool hosts West Ham

Steven Suarez

Friday, December 6, 2013 8:43 PM GMT

A Suarez-inspired Liverpool side aims for another full return of three points when they entertain West Ham at Anfield this weekend. An easy soccer pick as they are heavily favored in the odds as home favorites against a weak West Ham.

Odds Overview

There's no cloud of mystery surrounding who the clear-cut favorites are for Saturday's match on Merseyside.

The Reds are anywhere from -350 to -375 to get the three points, meaning the Hamers are humungous underdogs at +1100 or so. A draw is also unlikely in the eyes of sportsbooks, as it can be found at +500.

Liverpool

So Luis Suarez is a pretty good player then.

The Uruguayan was up to his old tricks again in Liverpool's mid-week 5-1 rout of Norwich City, scoring four wonderful goals. The first was a 40-yard volley and it was followed by three more expertly taken goals, including a free kick to top things off.

Suarez's season tally now stands at 13 and that's only through nine Premier League matches. He leads the league in goals and it's hard to see him coughing up the golden boot barring injury or suspension.

The Reds also got a goal out of young Raheem Sterling in the win, which should be a nice boost of confidence for the speedy winger. The night belonged to Suarez though, no one can deny that.

With the three points, Liverpool stayed in fourth place in the standings, as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all won as well. The Reds are tied on points (at 27) with Everton but are currently ahead on goal differential.

West Ham

Days after a tremendous 3-0 win over Fulham, the Hammers fell back down to earth with a 1-0 away loss to Crystal Palace.

West Ham had their chances and the side was left furious when Stewart Downing's second-half effort was disallowed.

The loss means the Hammers are now dangerously close to the relegation zone. They're currently in 17th place and are only three points ahead of both Fulham and Crystal Palace now.

On the whole, West Ham's defensive performances haven't been too bad at all. They've shipped only 15 goals in 14 matches, putting them on par with the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool. However, they just can't get anything into the back of the net, as they've totaled 12 total goals so far.

Three of those goals were scored by Ravel Morrison, who won't even be available for Saturday's clash after accumulating five yellow cards. Morrison has been one of the few bright spots in this rough start for West Ham, so now it's going to be an even more difficult test for Sam Allardyce's side.

Premier League Pick

How can we go against Suarez and the Reds as our soccer pick?

Their home form has been absolutely terrific this term – they've won six of seven matches while scoring 18 goals and allowing only four. That's a very impressive defensive record, one Martin Skrtel and the gang will try and protect this weekend.

Suarez's magic will be on show again and it's to imagine him not finding the back of the net at least once. West Ham has been tough defensively away from home, but they haven't had to deal with someone like this yet.

As there's not a ton of soccer betting value on taking Liverpool straight up, you may want to think about taking the home team to win by a couple goals or more instead. Either way, we are imagining a comfortable win for the Reds.

Pick: Liverpool 3 West Ham 1

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