First double of the season on the cards?

It would be a major surprise if West Ham won at Liverpool this Saturday. The Hammers have not won in the league at Anfield for over 50 years. Back in September 2014, West Ham beat the Reds 3-1 at home and impressed my Liverpool supporting friend who attended the game at the Boleyn with me. He didn’t have much to celebrate in this game and therefore it wasn’t difficult for him to “behave well” in the stand among all the West Ham supporters. Now it has to be seen who will celebrate this weekend.

Though West Ham have done very well so far this season, the club is still waiting for their first “double”, having not managed to beat a team which they have already won against in autumn in the reverse fixture so far. The 2015 games against West Brom and Swansea (both of these clubs having been beaten by West Ham last year) ended in disappointing 1-1 draws and in both games the Hammers squandered a 1-0 lead.

Now the next club wanting to take revenge for a defeat in the respective fixture in autumn is waiting, and it`s Liverpool FC away! That’s one of the toughest league fixtures for West Ham in the club’s history. Believe it or not, the BBC sports website tells us that the Hammers are without a win at Anfield in league games for over fifty years and that they have only ever won there three times in 56 league visits.

To do a “double” over Liverpool therefore would be an unbelieveable achievement, but remember what West Ham did last season when they played Tottenham three times: they not only beat them twice, but three times! And this season Liverpool is not the force they were in 2013-14 when they topped the Premier League table for a long time and would have won the league if they had not lost against Chelsea at home!

Though Liverpool are unbeaten in six games in the league and have not lost at home since early November, it could be a different story in the game this afternoon. There might be some tired legs in the Red’s team after their League Cup tie against Chelsea in midweek which went to extra-time. If West Ham can weather the storm which is to be expected from Liverpool in the beginning stages of the game and keep a clean sheet (as they have done in their last two matches against Hull and Bristol City) everything is possible!

Winning at Anfield would be the first “double” of this season and it would prevent Liverpool from leapfrogging the Hammers in the table. Well, I know that also a draw would let the Reds remain behind West Ham in the table (where they are sitting one point behind them right now), and I know this result would have to be considered as quite a success, too.

But why not dare to dream? Why not blow bubbles as we have been doing forever and ever?

It’s true that West Ham’s fine form of the earlier season has faded after Christmas, but now with two consecutive wins the club has gained momentum again (though we aren’t playing as well as we did in autumn against Liverpool or Manchester City)! A third win in a row has been something we have already tasted this season last October with the famous defeat of the champions of last season. And a year back the first game of February (a 2-0 win over Swansea) kick-started West Ham’s season: the Hammers won all of the four games in this month in 2014. Why not have a fine February again?

I’m forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air … Come on you Irons!!!

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