Premier League: West Brom v Liverpool match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at the Hawthorns

Louis Richards
Friday 31 January 2014 09:00
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Daniel Sturridge celebrates his second goal against Everton
Daniel Sturridge celebrates his second goal against Everton

Liverpool will be looking to reinforce their place in the top-four against a struggling West Brom team. Brendan Rodgers’ side were rampant as they outclassed Everton in the Merseyside derby, with the attacking combination of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge once more prolific.

The Uruguayan now has 23 goals for the season whilst Sturridge has scored 17 in 18 games. With Manchester City and Chelsea meeting on Monday too, this match represents the perfect opportunity to regain some lost ground on the top-three.

For West Brom, the appointment of Pepe Mel has yet to produce the change in fortunes some may have hoped for. Recent performances have demonstrated a relegation battle should be avoided though and this is a fixture they have won twice in the last three years. The Hawthorns has proved a difficult ground for teams in the top ten this season too – Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle have all dropped points there.

KICK-OFF:Sunday, 1.30pm

PAST MEETINGS…

Liverpool 4 (Suarez 3, Sturridge) West Brom 1 (Morrison), Premier League, October 2013

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

West Brom 1 (Tamas) Liverpool 2 (Sahin 2), Capital One Cup, September 2012

West Brom 3 (Gera, Odemwingie, Lukaku) Liverpool 0, Premier League, August 2012

STATS…

Liverpool have averaged more than three goals a game in their last ten Premier League fixtures.

Luis Suarez has scored 19 goals in 11 Premier League games against teams in the bottom half of the table.

West Brom have won just one of their last 13 Premier League games.

West Brom have dropped 11 points from winning positions this season.

ODDS…

West Brom to win: 5.1

Liverpool to win: 6.10

Draw: 11.4

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 1.30pm

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