West Brom v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 18, 2018
The Hawthorns - Premier League
Champions League semi finalists Liverpool head to West Brom this weekend, looking to confirm their top four status against the Premier League basement club.
These two played out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League earlier this season, with West Brom winning 3-2 at Anfield in the FA Cup in January.
The Baggies last beat Liverpool in the league back in 2013, with a 2-0 win, with Gareth McAuley and former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku on target that day.
Liverpool are thin on the ground for defenders ahead of this game, with Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all set to miss out through injury.
These absences could mean starts for Conor Masterson, Ragnear Klavanand Alberto Moreno.
Adam Lallana and Emre Can are also likely to miss out through injury problems.
West Brom will hand late fitness tests to Nacer Chadli, Jonny Evans and Hal Robson-Kanu ahead of the visit of Liverpool, but midfield duo Gareth Barry and James Morrison are both ruled out until next season.
West Brom v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
The Baggies picked their first win 10 Premier League games with a shock 1-0 win over Manchester United last weekend, but their chances of avoiding relegation are still incredibly slim.
Interim boss Darren Moore knows it will take a miracle to keep them up, and they will look to be competitive against Liverpool, and take advantage of the visitors Champions League semi final distraction three days later.
If the win over United had come a few weeks ago, survival would be an option, but they look doomed.
Jurgen Klopp is likely to rest some of his star names for this game, with Roma on his mind, and a top four finish almost assured.
He will give some fringe players a run out, and even against a more confident West Brom they should pick up all three points, priced at 8/15.
Moore will want to put up a fight in front of their home fans, and against a second string Liverpool back four they could have some joy.
With that in mind, a both teams to score bet comes in at 3/4.
Liverpool to win 2-1 at 8/1
The Reds will have one eye on the Champions League, but Klopp will also be focused on the matter at hand, and Liverpool need two more wins to be certain of a top four spot. West Brom are improving, but the sense is that it is too little too late to save them from the Championship.
Danny Ings to score anytime 7/5
Ings is set to be one of the squad players to come in for this game, and his has looked bright when called upon this season. He is yet to find the net this season, with injuries hampering his progress, but this game is an ideal chance for him to break that particular duck.