Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion Match Preview, Head to Head Statistics & Predictions
Defending champions and league leaders Liverpool will aim to extend their dominance at the top of the table as they host lowly West Brom to Anfield on Sunday evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are four points clear at the top of the table and are in devastating form after last weekend’s destruction of Crystal palace.
The Reds put seven goals past Palace and look primed for what could be another goal fest. With the entire squad rested through the week due to having no EFL cup engagements, the Reds will be energized and ready to claim all three points especially when you take the form of the three attackers into account especially Egyptian Mo Salah. Liverpool haven’t lost a league game at home since April 2017 and will be looking to keep that record intact against a West Brom side with the newly appointed Sam Allardyce at the helm.
Liverpool’s win over Crystal Palace was their biggest ever top-flight victory away from home and saw seven different players assist a goal for a team in a single match for the first time in Premier League history. The champions are currently on a run of 10 league games without defeat after that famous heavy defeat to Aston Villa at the start of the season and would want to extend that run to 11 games with a win here.
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion sit 19th in the premier league standings and seemed to be looking doomed already which prompted the club hierarchy to remove Slaven Bilic and appoint survival expert Sam Allardyce. One of the many damning stats about the team Allardyce just took over is that the baggies have the second-worst goal difference of any club in England’s top four tiers ahead of only Southend United, who occupy spot number 92 of 92 in the pyramid – having only scored 10 goals so far this season while shipping 29. That return is as bad as it sounds with an inability to score compounded by an inability to keep out the opposition.
Last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa leaves the Baggies second from bottom in the log and now five points from safety, with only one win gotten from their opening 14 fixtures. Going to the home of the champions is as difficult as it sounds but Boss Sam Allardyce can take some confidence from the fact that he was in charge of that palace team that beat Liverpool at home three years ago and will be hoping his team can atleast get some kind of positive result from this game as they aim to start to turn the tide with the fixture list piling up thick and fast.
The Reds saw three of their long term absentees return back to training. Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri were seen on the training grounds but Sunday’s game will come too early for either player.
Virgil Van Dijk, Diogo Jota, Joe Gómez and Kostas Tsimikas still have no return date in sight but with the festive holidays bringing some of rest, the players should look a bit healthier come Matchday.
Predicted Liverpool XI – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Good news for The Baggies have Matheus Pereira back from suspension after serving out his ban in the previous games whereas Jake Livermore is set to be on the sidelines for the next three games following his own red card against Aston Villa.
Conor Townsend, Hal Robson-Kanu and Kyle Bartley are all edging closer to a return, but this game won’t be on the cards for them.
Predicted West Brom XI – Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Gibbs; Sawyers; Phillips, Pereira, Gallagher, Diangana; Grant
Head To Head Statistics
The last match between both sides was a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns back in 2018, but things have taken quite a turn for both teams especially with Liverpool’s emphatic win over Crystal Palace. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 10 league meetings with West Brom, though six of these have ended level (W4).
- Liverpool Win
- Liverpool To Score in Both Halves
- Mo Salah to Score 1+ goals
- Over 2.5 Match Goals