HUDDERSFIELD VS CHELSEA EPL PICKS: August 12, 2018
LIVERPOOL -1.5 -135
Liverpool will host West Ham United at the Anfield to begin their Premier League season and the Reds are heavy favorites to pick up a win in this one and for good reason. The hosts are the only team that did enough in the summer transfer window to keep pace with Manchester City. They rebuilt their midfield with the signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho. Then they set the world record for a goal keeper transfer to bring in Allison from Roma. They also picked up Xherdan Shaqiri to improve their depth. They also had a very strong preseason winning their last four games including a 4-1 thrashing of Manchester United at the Big House in Michigan. West Ham has also had an exciting transfer window. They broke their club transfer record to bring in winger Felipe Anderson from Lazio. He should greatly improve their attack. With the way West Ham have built their team I see them being able to dominate the lower level teams with their attack but could struggle against bigger clubs like Liverpool because of the holes they still have on defense. Even with West Ham improving their attack, generating chances against a rebuilt Liverpool midfield and a defense led by Virgil Van Dijk at the Anfield will be something West Ham find hard to do.
One area West Ham didn’t really improve is their defense. The Liverpool attack led by Mane, Salah and Firmino should have their way with a West Ham defense. Liverpool should be able to kick of their season with a comfortable win in this one.
SCORE PREDICTION: LIVERPOOL 3 – 0 WEST HAM UTD