West Brom v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
April 10, 2017
Sunday April 16 – The Hawthorns – Premier League
High flying Liverpool travel to West Brom on Sunday, with the Reds aware that a win will go a long way to securing Champions League football next season.
West Brom’s record against the Reds has improved in recent seasons, drawing three out of their last four matchups. But overall, Liverpool have a fantastic record in this fixture, winning 14 times in 21 Premier League meetings, including a 2-1 win at Anfield in October.
Tony Pulis has the luxury of a fully fit first team squad to choose from ahead of this one, with Scotland international duo Matty Phillips and captain Darren Fletcher both passed fit to play.
Liverpool have been rocked by the news that Sadio Mane is out for the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury. Divock Origi is likely to continue to deputise for the Senegalese forward. Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino should both be recalled to the starting XI, after making goalscoring appearances off the bench against Stoke.
England international Adam Lallana will not be ready in time, as his recovery from a thigh injury. Club captain Jordan Henderson is also still sidelined indefinitely, with a foot problem.
West Brom v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
In 8th place in the Premier League table, Pulis’ Baggies are safely marooned in mid-table, with neither relegation or European qualification a concern for them. Liverpool, on the other hand have plenty to play for, with Jurgen Klopp’s side determined to make a Champions League return.
West Brom’s form has not been great recently, without a win in their last threer games, but their home form in general been very good. Pulis’ side have beaten Arsenal, Bournemouth, Stoke, Sunderland and Hull at home since the turn of the year.
Liverpool are in much better form, unbeaten in their last six games, including wins over rivals Arsenal and Everton.
With a match up of West Brom’s home record against Liverpool’s current form, this one looks like a draw, priced at 14/5.
With this line of thinking, a BTTS bet is also a good option, priced at 8/11.
A 2-2 draw priced at 14/1
Despite the fact that West Brom have little to play for, they will want to protect their very impressive home record, and will fight Liverpool every step of the way.
Over 2.5 goals at 10/11
Both teams have firepower at their disposal, and Liverpool’s pace will be a threat to West Brom, and likewise the hosts will carry a set piece threat against a unconvincing Liverpool back line.