West Ham United take on Liverpool on Monday night looking to arrest their alarming decline.

The Hammers looked to be building up a real head of steam under Manuel Pellegrini.

But back-to-back Premier League defeats have sandwiched a pathetic FA Cup exit at the hands of League One relegation certs AFC Wimbledon.

It has come against the backdrop of the Marko Arnautovic transfer saga.

Pellegrini has a league-worst injury list too.

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Hammers have a history of spoiling the party

Despite a faltering campaign West Ham can still climb up to ninth with an unlikely win over Jurgen Klopp’s title hopefuls.

While West Ham have little to play for, the Reds have everything to play for.

Manchester City went two points behind the leaders with a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Whether that transmits into nerves for Liverpool remains to be seen after their awkward draw with Leicester last time out.

 

West Ham have a long history of performing against the top sides.

The East Londoners have often had a big say in title races too.

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Injuries make for daunting task

But not even the most ardent West Ham fan would predict a win for their threadbare team on Monday night.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is no different.

He delivered his verdict on the clash and came up with a strangely specific prediction.

“Liverpool did not handle the pressure well (at home to Leicester on Wednesday)… I think West Ham will look at it and say, ‘we will get in your face and get about you’,” Nicholas said on Sky Sports.

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That’s Origi-nal – Charlie’s very specific prediction

“It also looks like Arnautovic may be struggling to be fit, despite what West Ham say, but they have Hernandez and Anderson, who can be a real handful and when he does it well, he does it really, really well.

“So, they will be dangerous and a real test for them and if they play it more like a counterattacking game, it will suit them and Liverpool will be a bit agitated.

“If I am Pellegrini, then I’m playing this as an away match and let Liverpool have possession.

“But I just feel this game will suit Liverpool going to the London Stadium and they will nick it, but there could be late drama with (Divock) Origi coming off the bench to win it.”

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