Liverpool vs. West Ham Soccer Picks: Reds to Win by 2 Goals+

Steven Suarez

Thursday, August 27, 2015 3:34 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 3:34 PM UTC

The Reds are still unbeaten early on this season ahead of this weekend's home clash with West Ham. The soccer odds favor Liverpool at Anfield - should we back them with our sports picks?

Odds Overview
One of the biggest favorites on the Premier League odds board for this week's action? That would be Liverpool, who can be backed in the -270 to -275 range to pick up the three and all three points. If you think the Reds are a lock to win, you may have to get a little more creative than a strict moneyline play to avoid that huge chalk. Or you can play it safe.

West Ham is listed at a massive number (right around +800), while a draw has been quoted at +400 at most of the top sportsbooks.


Despite a number of personnel changes, the Reds have managed to go undefeated through their first three league fixtures, beating Stoke City and Bournemouth and drawing with Arsenal. Liverpool has yet to allow a single goal this season and currently find themselves in third place in the EPL with seven points out of a possible nine.

Though they only had a point to show for their efforts, the Reds' draw away to the Gunners was probably their most impressive result of the young season so far. Liverpool created numerous chances and actually dominated for large portions of the first half, and the Reds managed to keep the hosts off the board after halftime, despite quite a bit of pressure. Simon Mignolet made a couple big saves, and the entire back four of Liverpool was solid.

On the injury front, both Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana were unable to play against Arsenal, though there's a chance Henderson will be able to recover. Lallana will miss at least a few weeks, meaning we should keep seeing Firmino start alongside Coutinho in support of Christian Benteke.


West Ham
The Hammers couldn't have asked for a better start to their season after they beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates. Unfortunately for them, they haven't been able to maintain that level over the last couple of weeks, as they've dropped consecutive matches, both of which came at home.

First West Ham fell short in a 2-1 loss to Leicester City, and this past weekend the Hammers lost 4-3 to newly promoted Bournemouth in what was easily the most thrilling match of the weekend. West Ham got goals from Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Modibo Maiga but was torn apart by Bournemouth on the other end of the pitch.

Needless to say, the Hammers will be itching to get back on track and find the winning touch, although that seems like a long shot to happen this week on Merseyside. West Ham will clearly need to improve defensively to have any chance of staying competitive.


Premer League Pick
Since we've been impressed with what we've seen out of the Reds so far, especially defensively, we're going to side with them to earn all three points this Saturday.

Liverpool's most pressing problems last season came on the back line, and so far this campaign that hasn't been nearly as big of an issue. Posting three consecutive shutouts is very difficult in the Premier League, so Rodgers has to be thrilled with how that new-look back four has been performing. Add in the fact the Hammers have been disappointing lately and that Liverpool will be rallying behind a supportive home crowd, and you can see why oddsmakers have the hosts favored by such a large margin.

To get more value out of our soccer picks, we're going to back the Reds to win by two or more goals instead of a straight moneyline play. 

Soccer Pick: Liverpool 2 West Ham 0  at 5Dimes

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