West Bromwich Albion welcome Liverpool to The Hawthorns for a vital Premier League clash at both ends of table.

Anything less than victory will see West Brom relegated to Sky Bet Championship if Swansea City get at least a draw at Manchester City, whilst Liverpool try and keep pace with Manchester United as they fight for the runner up spot.

 

Team news

West Brom captain, Jonny Evans is amongst three players expected to return for this match.

Evans suffered a knock a few weeks ago in training, causing his to miss last two games.

Nacer Chadli could make his return after several months on sidelines but lacks match fitness.

Hal Robson-Kanu is also expected to feature, after recovering from concussion.

Daniel Sturridge is ineligible for this match against his parent club, Liverpool.

Midfielders, James Morrison (calf) and Gareth Barry (knee) are ruled out for rest of season.

Reds manager, Jurgen Klopp could welcome Joe Gomez (ankle) and Dejan Lovren (tight muscle) back here.

Joel Matip is ruled out for remainder of season due to a thigh injury.

Adam Lallana (thigh) and Emre Can (back) are both ruled out but could return for the final game of this season.

 

Form

West Brom ended a nine match winless run last time out, when they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Ex Southampton striker, Jay Rodriguez has scored in three of the Baggies’ last four matches.

Liverpool come here on a six match unbeaten run across all competitions (W5, D1), scoring 15 goals and conceding just twice.

Eight of those goals has been scored by in form Egyptian, Mohamed Salah.

 

Stat Attack

  • West Brom have lost just four of last ten meetings with Liverpool in all competitions. Twice at Anfield and once at home.
  • During that run, only three matches didn’t see both teams score.
  • Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer with 30 goals, which is double the tally of their second best scorer this season, Roberto Firmino. 
  • West Brom’s Salmon Rondon has managed just 26 shots on target this season but matched last season’s total. That is 11 less than the amount that Mohamed Salah has managed in this season alone as the Egyptian has 63 shots on target for Liverpool.
  • Liverpool have the third best pass rate (20,245) whilst West Brom have the fourth worst with just 11,943 passes so far this campaign. 
  • The Baggies have had more shots (90) saved than Liverpool (58). 
  • Both teams are yet to see a player make a last man tackle this season. 
  • Between them, West Brom and Liverpool have produced 1,395 crosses this campaign. 

 

Where can game be won or lost?

Per Game Average WBA (home) Liverpool (away)
Corners 5.24 5.35
Fouls 12.06 9.65
Shots 11.06 15.41
Shots on Target 3.41 5.29
Goals 1.06 2.18
Yellow Cards 1.82 1.35
Red Cards 0 1
Goals per First Half % 44.4 48.6
Goals per Second Half % 55.6 51.4

Liverpool definitely have attack sewn up here so difficult not to back them here. 

The only way that they will not win this is if Klopp rests Salah and some others ahead of the home clash with AS Roma next week. 

The last time he did that, they got a draw at 0-0 despite having to defend a lot. 

West Brom need to not commit as many fouls as they currently average, if want a chance to win this. 

Otherwise there will be one outcome here unless the Baggies can use the confidence from winning at Man Utd to get something here. 

 

Prediction

Although Liverpool will have one eye on AS Roma match, I fancy them to get the job done here. 

Prediction: WBA 0-2 Liverpool

Jake predicts: WBA 0-3 Liverpool 

Result: WBA 2-2 Liverpool

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