Brendan Rodgers will have been disappointed to have not defeated Newcastle United at the weekend after the Magpies went down to 10-men in the first half. He’ll be expecting his Liverpool side to pick up 3 points at the expense of a West Bromwich Albion side that have performed impressively as of late.
The Baggies are unbeaten in 5 in the Premier League and have won 4 of their last 5 league meetings with Liverpool, netting 5 and conceding 0 in both fixtures last term. Manager Steve Clarke will be looking to continue this impressive run against Liverpool, but chances are the Reds will be a more difficult proposition this time around.
What to expect from the Match
Liverpool lost ground on Premier League leaders Arsenal following the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United on Saturday and will be looking to return to winning ways with the welcome of West Bromwich Albion. Manager Brendan Rodgers will be without the injured trio of Sebastián Coates, Iago Aspas and José Enrique, while Philippe Coutinho has returned to training but isn’t ready to start yet. Rodgers is expected to persist with the 3-4-1-2 formation and could name an unchanged starting XI from the stalemate at St. James’ Park at the weekend.
West Bromwich Albion were unfortunate not to come away from Stoke City with all 3 points in their 0-0 draw at the weekend and will be looking to maintain their current unbeaten run. The Baggies haven’t lost in their last 5 Premier League outings and manager Steve Clarke will be looking to continue this run of form when his squad travels to Liverpool. The Scot will be without Zoltán Gera, Ben Foster and George Thorne, while Scott Sinclair won’t be risked after returning to training from a hamstring problem.
Liverpool are undefeated in 15 of their last 16 matches in the Premier League while West Brom are undefeated in their last 5 matches in the Premier League. Liverpool last 3 home matches against West Brom in all competitions have seen 2 goals or less while Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches in the Premier League.
Players to watch out for
Luis Suarez (Liverpool): Suarez, since his return from his 10-match ban, has immediately showed how lethal he is, and with his understanding with striker partner Daniel Sturridge looking better by the day, it seems more goals are on their way.
Morgan Amalfitano (West Brom): The former Marseille man has been a major factor behind West Brom’s resurgence of late and the Frenchman will look to improve on his tally of two goals and two assists as he will look to break down a Liverpool defense that has looked shaky at times.
Predicted Starting line ups
In front of their home fans, Liverpool are tipped to come out on top, but will find it tough against an in-form West Brom side.
Liverpool 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
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