The last thing Liverpool need after their deflating FA Cup semi-final loss to Aston Villa is to visit a Tony Pulis team, but that’s exactly what they have to do.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are 19/20 favourites to prevail at the Hawthorns, with the 13/5-rated draw deemed more likely than a win for the hosts which can be backed at a sizeable 3/1.
However, the Anfield side’s record when visiting the welsh pragmatist at home makes them tough to back at odds against.
They won just once in six visits to Stoke’s Britannia Stadium during Pulis’ lengthy tenure at the helm and that was a Carling Cup clash.
Liverpool were held to draws on their first two Premier League visits after the Potters’ promotion from the Championship, before things seemingly took a turn for the worse.
Stoke claimed maximum points in their last three top tier home games against the Merseyside club under the now West Brom manager’s direction.
Fast forward to last season and the Reds finally broke their Britannia hoodoo with a 5-3 win.
Pulis, however, had long since departed, assuming the reins at seemingly doomed Crystal Palace after Ian Holloway’s sacking.
No Liverpool fan alive will need reminding of what happened when they visited Selhurst Park with two games of the 2013/14 campaign remaining.
So Pulis is now unbeaten in six Premier League home games against the Anfield outfit and his new employers’ recent Hawthorns encounters with Rodgers’ men bode well for a continuation of his Reds-defying run.
The Baggies have been bested by their visitors just once in the last four top-flight renewals, winning twice.
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