Liverpool will aim to hold on to their status as Premier League leaders this weekend when they make the trip to east London, looking to end West Ham's recent upturn in form.
Sam Allardyce's side have won their last two fixtures, and a third victory this weekend would give the Hammers the much sought-after 40-point total, although it may not take that much to avoid relegation this term.
Who will win at Upton Park on Sunday?
That being said, Brendan Rodgers' men have a streak of their own to defend, winning their last eight Premier League fixtures, yet to be beaten in the league in 2014.
Read on for a full preview of the Upton Park encounter, as well as all the viewing information needed to ensure you're there every step of the way.
Date: Sunday, April 6
Time: 4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET
Broadcast: Sky Sports 1 (UK), CNBC (U.S.)
The Chase Is On
Of course the biggest negative of the Reds' resounding rise to the summit of the English top flight is that they now have to deal with the pressure of being in a leading position, something a vast majority of their squad have never dealt with before.
It's been widely reported that if Liverpool win their remaining six league fixtures this season, with crunch encounters against Manchester City and Chelsea still to come, the 2013-14 Premier League title is theirs.
However, it's a step-by-step journey, although Liverpool have lost just one of their last four trips to Upton Park. Rodgers will have prepared his side mentally for this fixture more than anything, with the talent in his line-up and unbeaten record proving they are more than able to overcome opposition of West Ham's standard.
Many are now backing the Merseysiders to take home this campaign's domestic goods, but one small slip against the Hammers can derail that dream all too quickly, and this Sunday's journey will serve in examining just how the players are coping with their newfound reputation.
Andy Carroll Targeted in More Ways Than One
This weekend will be the first time that Andy Carroll has encountered former club Liverpool since completing his £15 million move to West Ham last summer.
The striker will have as much reason as any in wanting to gun down the Reds' silverware ambitions. His new side's Premier League status and a potential spot in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad are both on the line.
Due to his injury setbacks and slightly disappointing goal return, there are those who feel the money shelled out for Carroll's signature was money wasted by West Ham, but co-owner David Sullivan doesn't figure among those:
“@steviewestham69: no one has mentioned the millions wasted on Andy Carroll 3 goals for 17m That's because no one believes it's wasted. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) April 2, 2014
Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are likely to be the centre-back pair looking to extinguish any chances the forward might have of making a dent in Liverpool's back line, which has looked far from steady in recent trips to Fulham and Cardiff.
Mark Noble vs. Steven Gerrard
According to WhoScored.com, Mark Noble has the highest tackles-per-game ratio in the West Ham squad, currently sitting at 2.7, but the midfielder has shown a more creative side to his game, too, topping their charts with a passing accuracy of 82.8 percent.
In a way, one might say that Noble has been the Steven Gerrard of West Ham's squad this term, and it's with the Liverpool general himself that West Ham's leader is likely to clash on a frequent basis this Sunday.
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo shows just how influential Rodgers' captain has been in his duties of late:
Steven Gerrard deservedly named #LFC Player of Month for March. The captain has provided inspiration for Reds' continued title challenge.— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) April 4, 2014
Both extremely rounded in their approach to the game, Noble and Gerrard will dictate a great deal of their teams' fortunes in both attack and defence, with more than just their direct collisions likely to have an impact.