Let’s start off this week’s Brace the Hammer prediction article by saying that West Ham United are capable of beating Liverpool. In the last 6 meetings between the teams, West Ham have won 3, drawn 2 and lost 1.
Furthermore, every time Slaven Bilic is in danger of losing his job, he seems to get out of jail and sneak an ugly win. Perhaps this could be happen on Saturday, it wouldn’t surprise me.
I preface the predictions with these joyful tidbits because it’s pretty grim from here. People are expecting Liverpool to come to London Stadium and rip through West Ham’s team and get a comfortable victory.
For the record I’m predicting a 2-1 Hammers win. Bilic will keep his job and the management situation will grow more tedious than the Ezekiel Elliott suspension court case.
Here are the rest of this week’s predictions:
I just don't see us having the tactics or ability to beat Liverpool. Hard to see us doing anything but losing. Let's just hope it's not an embarrassment
I have a horrible feeling about this game. Liverpool need a bounce back game, and it seems like Bilic has lost the West Ham players. I hope I'm wrong, but it feels like we're going to be thrashed.
Liverpool 4-0 West Ham
3-1 to Liverpool
With this team, I could also see it the other way as well. Unless Kouyate and/or Obiang can really contain Liverpool’s dynamic attack, we’re going to have trouble.
4-1 embarrassment - Bilic finally allowed to leave.
I'm torn between of course wanting West Ham to win, while also wanting Bilic gone, while also being terrified of what will happen if and/or when Bilic _does_ go. After a draw with Crystal Palace where the Hammers were 2-0 up and all they had to do was close out, I can't see this game going in their favor.
For the first time this year, I'm predicting a loss. 1-3 to Liverpool.
It's going to be ugly. Liverpool aren't as good as everyone thought they would be, but I still have a feeling they'll slaughter our boys in claret and blue. If that finally gives the board the cojones to sack Bilic, though, let it be so. Even though they're so inept that they don't have a replacement lined up. But that's another story.
West Ham 2-3 Liverpool
It would be so classically West Ham if we actually beat Liverpool this weekend. Poor results in the league. 2 points from Burnley, Brighton and Crystal Palace when we wanted at least 7. It would encapsulate the frustration and flickering joy of being a Hammers fan to turn up to this one and beat Liverpool.
Unfortunately I see one of the league's best attacks against one of its least organised defenses. We don't have a settled defensive unit. There is a worrying lack of pace in the back line given the speed of our opponents and we often fail to prepare properly tactically in these games, shown in regular pastings against the big boys over the last 12 months. How will we nullify Liverpool's strengths?
So likeliest scenario for me is that Liverpool have their easiest game of the season for the first half and go a couple of goals up. Our late rally will distort the ease of Liverpool's win and give just enough legitimacy to the idea that we're somehow about to turn a corner.
Too many injuries again, especially on the right side, will unfortunately, possibly see the end of Slaven Bilic's reign, in a game he wasn't suppose to win with all the injuries.
I’m gonna say 4-1 to Liverpool
Liverpool has been struggling in defense but the Hammers aren’t exactly a team that shows much offense to take advantage. (Except against Tottenham occasionally.)
West Ham needs a big day from their own defense if they expect to keep it close