MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Bromwich Albion
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Injuries for Liverpool mean they should finally be able to call upon Philippe Coutinho who featured as a substitute in Switzerland. Captain Jordan Henderson has also returned to the team however Daniel Sturridge will miss the game. For West Brom, they are unable to utilise Stephane Sessegnon who picked up an injury against Spurs.
The last time the two sides met was in April this year in a drab 0-0 draw. Prior to this a match at Anfield in October 2014 ended in a 2-1 win for the Reds with Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson on the score sheet. We only have to travel back to February 2013 to find a Baggies win at Anfield, the Midlanders won that fixture 2-0 scoring twice in the last nine minutes of the game.
Liverpool have won four out of the last ten clashes between the two sides in the Premier League, there have been two draws and four wins for West Brom.
West Brom are currently sitting 13th in the table having won two out of their last six league fixtures, one of these victories came against Arsenal. Liverpool on the other hand are 10th at the time of writing, winning three out of their last six.
- Liverpool have scored just eight goals at home so far this season.
- The Baggies have picked up 11 points away from home so far this season.
- Coutinho has scored four goals in his last three appearances in the league for the Reds.
I don't know what to expect from this game to be honest, firstly because I haven't seen much of West Brom this season and secondly because I'm not sure what team Jurgen Klopp is going to play and whether they will have the fire power. With Coutinho back fit he surely must feature but playing the Brazilian with his compatriot Firmino and the addition of Lallana appears to be more of an away set up for Klopp. If he decides to start Benteke we could struggle with regards to a sufficient supply line though I feel this will improve with the return of Jordan Henderson.
I can see West Brom bagging a goal, Tony Pulis' sides are always very tenacious and I fancy them to net off a set piece but Liverpool to win the game 2-1.
Bet 365 are offering 5/1 for a 1-0 Liverpool win tomorrow. If you fancy the Reds to get a more convincing victory then Bet Victor are offering odds of 9/1 for a 3-0 win whilst most bookies are offering 16/1 for a 4-0 victory for Liverpool.
In terms of first goalscorers if you fancy Coutinho to score on his return the best odds are 6/1 with Bet 365. I will probably be popping a quid on Coutinho first in a 2-1, odds as it stands for that with Paddy Power are; 28/1.
I also had a quick look at the "to score two or more goals" markets this week and Roberto Firmino is down as 10/1 with most bookies.
If you're somebody who likes to bet on the opposition to ease the pain of a defeat too you can get odds of 66/1 with Paddy Power for Rickie Lambert to score two or more goals against his old club.
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!