Premier League: Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Anfield

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About the fixture...

West Brom enjoyed a great season under Steve Clarke last season, a real highlight being the league double they managed over Liverpool.

This season has not started as amazingly as last, but they have already bested Manchester United at Old Trafford and are in fact unbeaten in their last five.

Liverpool are flying high at the moment, having lost just one of their last 16 league games and with the much-vaunted partnership of Sturridge and Suarez up front their is much optimism amongst their fans.

Can they mount a serious title challenge this year or is it just the desperate hope of fans starved of success and clinging to former glory?

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Liverpool 0 West Brom 2 (McCauley, Lukaku), Premier League, February 2013

West Brom 1 (Gera, Odemwingie, Lukaku) Liverpool 2 (Sahin x2), Capital One Cup, September 2012

West Brom 3 (Tamas) Liverpool 0, Premier League, August 2012

STATS…

West Brom lost their first nine Premier League games against Liverpool without scoring, but have won four of the last five encounters.

The Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five league games (six in all competitions).

With just six goals conceded, Albion have the best defensive record outside the top six.

Daniel Sturridge has scored 13 goals in his last 13 league games.

ODDS…

Liverpool to win: 1.44

West Brom to win: 8

Draw: 4.8

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm

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