The FA Cup action is heating up! Liverpool will host West Ham United in an incredible fourth round match on Jan. 30. Can Liverpool get closer to their 8th FA Cup or will West Ham give the Reds a case of the blues? HollywoodLife.com wants you see this incredible match so click to watch!
Goal! There are only 32 teams left in the FA Cup, and soon, the list will be cut down to 16. Will Liverpool or West Ham be included in that group? Both squads want to head on to the fifth round of the tournament, but only one can advance!
The West Ham Irons (or Hammers) will travel up to visit the Reds at Anfield in good ol’ Liverpool on Jan. 30. This fourth round of the FA Cup kicks off at 12:30 P.M. EST so be ready to watch every thrilling kick, header and goal.
Liverpool first tied with Exeter City in their Third Round match on Jan. 8, but the Reds got their head back in the game in time for the replay. They blanked Exeter City, 3-0, on Jan. 20, earning them a spot in the fourth round. West Ham snuck by the Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1-0, on Jan. 9.
Though they’re playing at home, Liverpool is not going to have an advantage. The Reds had to struggle to put down Stoke City on Jan. 26 to qualify for the Football League Cup final against Manchester City, reports Bleacher Report. Though Liverpool won, they had to play 120 minutes and need penalties to get the job done. Because of the toll this other football tournament has had on the team, manager Jurgen Klopp said he would field rookies and a “young side” in this game.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic intends to change the line-up as well, but has promised a “very, very strong” squad will meet Liverpool, head-on. “We got Liverpool away and it is one of the most difficult games we could have got,” Slaven told reporters, according to the Telegraph. “Our results against Liverpool this season give us confidence, but it is still Liverpool away.”
The Hammers will be without strikers Andy Carrol, Diafra Sakho and Manuel Lanzini. Diafra is doing his best to stay out of trouble following his recent car crash. Yikes. Liverpool will not feature Daniel Sturridge, but Dejan Lovren could return to the line-up for the first time in six matches, per the BBC.
Who do you think will win this match, HollywoodLifers? Liverpool or West Ham?