Liverpool v West Ham, FA Cup Round 4

Another West Ham v Liverpool game this season, in the FA Cup fourth round away at Liverpool (broadcasted live on Eurosport this evening!). West Ham have already beaten the Scousers twice in the Premier League. Will they do a treble this time as they did against Tottenham in 2013-14 when they won twice at White Hart Lane (3-0 in the league and 2-1 in the League Cup)?

Ravel Morrison who has disappeared into obscurity since joining Lazio Rome ( http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/ravel-morrisons-italian-adventure-over-its-begun#:xTyN5CD7SyDgoA ) scored a brilliant goal in the 3-0 away win staunst Tottenham in October 2013 after a fantastic solo: he picked the ball up just inside his own half and drifted past Michael Dawson before lifting the ball over Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

Liverpool may be tired because their League Cup semi-final against Stoke went into extra time and a penalty shoot-out in midweek. This might give West Ham an advantage over the Scousers. But of course Liverpool is still a good team, though they seem to lack confience at home these days:  they wasted a one goal advantage from their away first leg in the League Cup semi-final in front of their own fans and have reached the League Cup final only by winning on penalties. If West Ham takes the lead and is able to frustrate the opposition for some time, the fans at Anfield will get impatient and frustrated themselves, and by holding on or doubling their lead the Hammers may be able to progress with an away win.

But also a draw could be a good result and West Ham would be able to make everything clear at home.

There will be only 8 league games at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground before the move to the Olympic Stadium, and the West Ham supporters would be grateful for some more matches at their beloved home in which the Hammers have played since 1904. The next rounds of the FA Cup are scheduled for the weekend of 20 February 2016 (round 5), 12 March 2016 (round 6), and 23/24 April 2016 (semi-finals). Don’t want to talk about the final though …

I very much hope to be at the Boleyn for one last game in April, against Arsenal. So far the time for the fixture has not been confirmed, it could take place on Saturday, 9 April, but of course also could be shifted to Sunday or Monday.

I hope to know soon to be able to book the flight to London! Come on you Irons!

 

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