West Brom vs Liverpool: Lineups and Preview

On the back of a pride-crushing derby defeat, things don’t get any easier for Pepe Mel and West Brom, as they prepare for Liverpool’s visit to the Hawthorns.
By @BETFUZE.Betfuze2

Daniel Sturridge has 13 goals in his last 15 games

And it could be a case of SOS for the Baggies, if SAS (Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez) are in anything like the mood they were when heavily contributing to a 4-0 midweek demolition of Everton at Anfield. Sturridge’s brace in that game took his tally to 16 for the season, achieved within only 18 outings, whilst Suarez wrapped up the Merseyside derby scoring with the 23rd strike of a campaign in which he has made only 21 appearances. Today’s hosts meanwhile, as aforementioned, also enter this clash on the back of a derby encounter, but will perhaps be warier still of such a potent opposing strikeforce given their defensive display in that 4-3 loss to Aston Villa. Whilst we were given a glimpse of the expansive playing style Mel hopes to foster in that match, to call Suarez’ Uruguayan international team-mate Diego Lugano’s performance suspect would be a huge understatement. His concession of a penalty capped a nervy showing from the ageing centre half, and a similar performance will surely make him, and the Baggies, easy prey for such a lethal attacking entity here.

TEAM NEWS

West Brom

  • Nicolas Anelka injured
  • Goran Popov to be assessed before the match
  • Gareth McAuley and Billy Jones in contention to return to starting line-up

Liverpool

  • Glen Johnson, Lucas, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates and Joe Allen all injured
  • Mamadou Sakho to be assessed before the match

FORM GUIDE

West Brom

Aston Villa 4 – 3 West Brom
West Brom
1 – 1 Everton
Southampton
1 – 0 West Brom
West Brom 0 – 2 Crystal Palace
West Brom 1 – 0 Newcastle

Liverpool

Liverpool
4 – 0 Everton
Bournemouth
0 – 2 Liverpool
Liverpool
2 – 2 Aston Villa
Stoke
3 – 5 Liverpool
Liverpool 2 – 0 Oldham

HEAD to HEAD

Liverpool
4 – 1 West Brom
Liverpool 0 – 2 West Brom
West Brom
1 – 2 Liverpool
West Brom
3 – 0 Liverpool
Liverpool
0 – 1 West Brom

STATISTICS

  • 85 total goals have emanated from Liverpool’s 23 league matches this term, the second highest tally in the Premier League
  • Only league leaders Manchester City (68) have racked up more league strikes than the Anfield outfit (57) this season
  • The Reds have conceded in half of their 14 league victories this campaign
  • 10 of the 14 top-flight wins Brendan Rodgers’ men have recorded this season have occurred in matches featuring four or more total strikes
  • In a combined 38 appearances this term, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have hit 39 goals between them
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Posted on February 2, 2014, in Player Selection and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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