West Brom vs Liverpool by 20legend

West Bromwich is desperately searching for their first victory under their Spanish manager Pepe Mel. They did get a good 1-1 draw against Everton two games ago, but they lost to Aston Villa (4-3) despite leading 0-2 after just eight minutes. However, their defense fell down and it lead them to the 17th place at the table with a total 4-10-9 and 22 points. They are only a better goal difference away from being in the relegation zone which means that the three points should be coming soon in order to stay in the Premier League also next season.


WBA will be without Nicolas Anelka (12/2) and Stephane Sessegnon (15/2) due to injuries.


Liverpool is in a far different end of the table as they currently hold on to the 4th place with 46 points after a total 14-4-5 this season. After a rather disappointing draw against Aston Villa (2-2) two weeks ago, things were very much back on track with the demolition of Everton last week (4-0). After Sturridge got back from his ankle-injury, the super-duo Suarez/Sturridge is reunited back upfront and they are keeping it up as they have done all season. While Luis Suarez got his 23rd goal of the season against Everton last week, Daniel Sturridge was able to add on to his tally by scoring his 12th and 13th goal this season against The Toffees in the derby-win. Liverpool has scored the second-highest amount of goals so far this season with 57 goals and Suarez/Sturridge has resulted in 36 of the 57 goals. The duo also presented themselves in the reversed meeting back in October, as Suarez hat-trick and a goal from Sturridge made it a 4-1 win for Liverpool.


Liverpool have a lot of defensive absences as Glen Johnson (17/0), Mamadou Sakho (12/1), Daniel Agger (11/1), Jose Enrique (8/0) are all missing out as well as midfielder Luca Leiva (19/0) also remains on the sideline. However, they have got Joe Allen (11/0) back from injury and he is joining the squad for the match.


With Everton’s victory against Aston Villa (2-1) yesterday, Liverpool is just one point ahead on the table before this match. They have the lead on the important 4th place and with three points they will also be in the race for the top 3 places as Chelsea (3rd) got a huge test against Manchester City (1st) on Monday. Liverpool’s striking force upfront always creates chances and three points are crucial to them to stay in charge of the 4th place with a potentially four-point gap down to their rivals in Everton (45 points). They face teams that have serious problems at the moment and WBA has not won a game in 2014, as their last win came back on December 31st against Newcastle (1-0). Liverpool has shown that they are able to cope with their defensive injuries on a numerous of occasions and WBA should not have any offensive weapons to take advantage of that with their current form. However, given the surprising game against Aston Villa (2-2), I choose Liverpool to score at least two goals in this game rather than 1x2 as they always score goals these days.

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