The absence of Charlie Adam and Steven Gerrard did not impede Liverpool’s attacking fluency against Stoke in the Carling Cup on Wednesday evening, with the Reds’ crisp passing creating plenty of opportunities against a team who have only conceded a single league goal at the Britannia Stadium this season.
Crucially, a typically lively display by Luis Suarez was capped with two goals to help them to a 2-1 victory, and the Uruguayan is likely to be central to Liverpool’s chances of picking up a second successive win against West Brom at the Hawthorns in Saturday’s evening kick-off.
As it is, the Reds go into the game as evens favourites to pick up all three points, with West Brom outsiders for victory at 11/4 and a draw at 23/10 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
And West Brom should be backed to score at the very least as Liverpool have only managed to keep two clean sheets in 12 games this season, while the Baggies have already netted against Man Utd and Chelsea.
Don’t tell Reds boss Kenny Dalglish – who was fiercely protective of the player even before Patrice Evra’s accusation of racism – but while four goals in nine league appearances isn’t a bad return, Suarez is also one of the most wasteful strikers in the Premier League in terms of his shots-to-goals ratio.
This was particularly apparent in Liverpool’s last league game against Norwich, where Suarez missed a host of chances to enable the Canaries to escape with a 1-1 draw.
But with his two goals in midweek a step in the right direction, Dalglish’s successor in Liverpool’s number seven shirt looks ready to make his contribution count against West Brom and he can be backed at 6/5 to score at any time in the game.
That said, it is not all about Liverpool and Suarez, with West Brom on an impressive run of form which puts them sixth in the form league table based on the last six games – placing them above both Liverpool and Manchester United.
The Baggies will also be looking to make it back-to-back wins against Liverpool, with West Brom manager Roy Hodgson having masterminded a satisfying 2-1 victory over his former side in April, just three months after being replaced by Dalglish in the Anfield hot-seat.
And West Brom should be backed to score at the very least as Liverpool have only managed to keep two clean sheets in 12 games this season, while the Baggies have already netted against Manchester United and Chelsea.
With West Brom particularly adept at scoring early on – five of their nine league goals this season have come in the first 15 minutes of games, and seven of nine have arrived in the first half – it would not be a surprise to see them take the lead, either, with this bet available at 29/20.
However, with Liverpool sure to create a host of chances and Suarez looking increasingly like tucking them away, back the Reds to turn the game around and ease to victory.
As such, the best bet could be in the run of play market, where a side to take the lead before going on to lose is available at 7/1.
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