Liverpool head to the Boleyn Ground on Sunday and, with title matters in their own hands, hope to continue to maintain their position at the top of the league against a West Ham United side who sit in relative comfort in the mid-table. The sides are currently separated by 34 points and the hosts occupy 11th, ten places behind the Reds. The Hammers‘winter slump very much looks to have subsided, with Sam Allardyce’s side having taken six wins from their last nine – three recent defeats will however, be of concern and they have only taken 6 points from their last five. The visitors remain unbeaten in the league in 2014 having seemingly led the form table since records began, and Brendan Rodgers’ side have taken maximum points from the last eight – comfortably their best run since 2008-09. Games in-hand complicate the bottom half of the table but Hammers’ supporters will be aware that their side could reach the top half with a win this weekend, as Stoke City visit a wounded Chelsea – only Aston Villa can catch West Ham, albeit requiring a considerable goal-difference swing as the host bottom side Fulham. Liverpool supporters are fully aware of their scenario – win all games and win the league. Nevertheless, Manchester City, home to Southampton, and Chelsea are likely to pile the pressure on the Reds on Saturday and Sunday will be lengthy as the tension mounts. West Ham may look relatively comfortable in mid-table but they’ve been relegated on 42 points before and so free-scoring Liverpool will need to be wary of complacency this weekend.
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