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Can West Ham be triumphant again at Anfield?

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Dean Ashton celebrates after putting us 2 up at Wembley

Dean Ashton celebrates after putting us 2 up at Wembley

The draw for the Fourth round of the FA Cup was made last night, and we were drawn away to either Liverpool or Exeter depending on the result of their replay. It is the pick of the ties,  not only because it is likely that two top Premier League teams will be playing each other, but because of how the matches between West Ham and Liverpool have played out this season. But who does history favour in this match up?

In terms of FA Cup matches between the two side, there has only been 6 played with one of those being a replay. Liverpool are unbeaten in all 6. Our one draw against Liverpool was in 1914, before we lost the resulting replay 5-1 later in the week. Our previous encounters were in 1976, where we lost 0-2 and of course the final in 2006, which was the closest you could get to winning the cup without lifting it. In all cup competitions, it makes for slightly better viewing as we did beat Liverpool 4-1 in the League Cup back in 1988.

However, regardless of history, this is one of the toughest draws that Liverpool could have faced. We have triumphed over them twice this season already, both with great performances. The recent 2-0 victory came without many of our best players, which suggests we will be stronger when the two sides meet later this month. We went to Anfield and played without fear, like we have all season away from home against the top sides.

Liverpool are struggling with injuries at the moment, and assuming that they do qualify against Exeter, if they play a similar line up as they did in their third round game then it would be a surprise if we didn’t gain another historic victory at Anfield.

On the other hand, Liverpool will see it as a chance to seek revenge against a team that has dominated them all season. It should be a fascinating game, there is no doubt the players know how to get a result at Anfield, so let’s see if we can make it three out of three.

Exeter City played well against Liverpool and deserve their replay, but going to Anfield it would be nothing short of miraculous if they get a result there. If they do manage to get a famous victory then it will be a trip down to St James Park that awaits the Hammers.

West Ham have only played Exeter 14 times, and the latest game was played over 100 years ago. We have never faced them in the FA cup, but have six wins to their three in league matches played. Exeter are currently 17th in League Two, and while they shouldn’t be written off just yet, it is the thought of a lucrative match up against Liverpool that we will be eagerly eyeing up at the end of the month.

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  • Hungry Red says:

    LFC will not lose to West Ham for a third time this season, wait and see.

  • Jim says:

    Your over confidence is your weakness, just like when you thought you had won the league with 5 games to go. We won’t slip!! But stevie did just that

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