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Mark Lawrenson doesn't think lightning will strike twice for West Ham as daunting Liverpool trip looms large
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Mark Lawrenson doesn't think lightning will strike twice for West Ham as daunting Liverpool trip looms large

Lightning won’t strike twice for West Ham United when they take on champions elect Liverpool and Monday night.
That’s according to Reds legend and BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson.
West Ham go into the game desperately in need of points to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.
Liverpool are closing in on an inevitable title win but go into the game off the back of an extremely rare defeat after losing to Atletico Madrid in Spain in midweek.

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Lawro says lightning won’t strike twice for West Ham

Speaking in his latest prediction round up for BBC Sport, Lawrenson says that does not bode well for David Moyes and his side.

Because he can’t see lightning striking twice and Liverpool losing twice in a week.

“Liverpool did not play very well in their Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night, but you have to accept the Spanish side were very good at what they did,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Defeat is not something that Jurgen Klopp’s side have experienced too often this season, and I do not see it happening to them twice in a week.

“As for West Ham, well no-one is expecting them to get anything here, the same as when they lost at Manchester City on Wednesday night – but they have to start picking up points soon, otherwise they might get cut adrift a little bit.”

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Moyes under severe pressure

Moyes goes into the game under severe pressure from his own fans.

Many supporters did not want the Scot back at the club when Manuel Pellegrini was sacked.

And his negative tactics and team selection – particularly during the no contest defeat to Man City last time out – have not helped his case.

West Ham have only won once in eight Premier League games since his return.

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West Ham’s relegation run-in

Across his two spells Moyes has the lowest winning percentage of any West Ham manager.

But if that continues the Hammers will be relegated.

The East Londoners need at least four or five wins to have any hope of survival.

After Liverpool West Ham face six teams from the bottom half in their last 11 games.

And they will be under huge pressure to take maximum points in most of those to avoid the drop.

West Ham’s remaining fixtures:

Liverpool (A)

Southampton (H)

Arsenal (A)

Wolves (H)

Tottenham (A)

Chelsea (H)

Newcastle (A)

Burnley (H)

Norwich (A)

Watford (H)

Man United (A)

Aston Villa (H)