Just six days ago, West Ham United won their last group stage game in the UEFA Europa League and tonight, they will be looking to extend their Carabao Cup run. However, the only issue is, they go to a place where they have regularly found wins difficult to come by… Anfield!!!
After causing a major shock by overcoming the challenge of Arsenal in an all Premier League tie last month so there is no reason why the Hammers can’t repeat the feat and ensure progression to a two-legged semi-final.
A win here would also mean that David Moyes’ men will have inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Liverpool after Manchester United broke their 100% record here on Sunday when the Red Devils went back to Manchester with a point.
With both the Reds and Irons currently competing on three fronts, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top here.
Neither side goes into the game with an advantage but the East Londoners will want to build on their 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers with a cup success here, though they will know it will add to their already congested fixture programme.
This will be the second time that the East Londoners have made this journey in the current season and they will certainly hope to do better than they did back on 24 September when they were on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.
If tonight’s encounter ends with the scores level after ninety minutes, then it’ll go straight to a penalty shoot-out to determine who progresses. The winner will then learn who their semi-final opponents will be, as the draw is scheduled to take place shortly after the final whistle.
Łukasz Fabiański is set to start his fifth straight game here, while Ben Johnson, Aaron Cresswell, Pablo Fornals, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Maxwel Cornet, Danny Ings, Angelo Ogbonna and Saïd Benrahma could all be involved.
Jarrod Bowen will be keen to retain his place on what is his 27th birthday.
The match is an 8pm kick-off with live coverage being screened by Sky Sports from 7pm. The referee is Tim Robinson.