The last thing Liverpool need in the wake of their disappointing midweek trip to Switzerland is another visit from West Midlands opposition.
Aston Villa have already enhanced their eyebrow-arching record at Anfield and their geographical cousins West Brom, who have proved similarly taxing foes in the past, are next up for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Liverpool are 11/25 for all three points, with the visitors a surprisingly lengthy 6/1 for victory and the draw a 10/3 shot.
However, it’s the 17/10 price on the West Brom/draw double chance that holds most appeal.
This quartet of persuaders should allay any inclinations to the contrary.
West Brom have won three consecutive games for the first time since November 2012.
Alan Irvine has got them buzzing like it’s the season of their last top-half finish and confidence won’t have been higher than this at any point since.
The Baggies have now lost just twice in their last seven league games against Liverpool.
Form is a capricious beast, but when it comes to facing Anfield’s finest, stalwarts like Claudio Yacob, Youssouf Mulumbu, Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley are steeped in the folklore of favourite-thwarting.
A benign Reds side were turned over in the wake of their previous Champions League game.
Returning to midweek European action was always going to be a shock to the system and so it proved as Rodgers’ side went down 3-1 to West Ham after hosting Ludogorets.
Any ill effects of Champions League involvement will only be amplified by the physical and mental effects of playing and losing away at Basel.
Saido Berahino has netted four goals in as many league games when played centrally this term.
While Liverpool sweat on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge, their hosts have their own fully functioning goal machine who has proven virtually irresistible since he was ushered in off the wing.
The England Under-21 star is 5/2 to net at any time against a rearguard that has kept one clean sheet in its last 15 attempts.