Liverpool take on West Brom in early Sunday game

Published on April 14th, 2017 6:55 pm EST
Written By: Cian Murray
Simon Mignolet of Liverpool FC - Action profile from the side. Sunday's early game sees Liverpool travel to The Hawthorns to face a West Brom side that have defied expectations this season.

Tony Pulis' side were many people's tip to get relegated this season, but they sit in eight place and are closer to the European places than the relegation zone.

Liverpool's own season has been a little bit of a roller coaster, but right now they are at a peak, rather than a trough. They sit in third place and European qualification is in their own hands.

The Reds have been helped by an Arsenal side that seem determined to self-destruct and a Manchester City team that blows both hot and cold. That being said, dropping points would be ill-advised as the chase for a top four spot still looks like it will come down to the final day.

They come into this game missing two of their most important players in Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, but will be buoyed by the fact that Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho look set to return to the starting line-up.

The pair changed the game when they came on against Stoke in Liverpool's last outing. West Brom on the other hand have a fully-fit team and will be hoping to get back to winning ways as soon as possible after losing to Southampton in their last game.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games against West Brom. In that run, they have won three times. If you fancy them to make it four out of eight, you can back an away win at 4/5.

There have also been three draws in the last seven games between the two teams. If you think it will be a draw game, take advantage of the 13/5 price on offer.

Some people will think that West Brom will make it 'eight time lucky!' If you want to follow this theory, you can back a home win at a price of 3/1.

The Baggies haven't scored in their last three league games and Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has been in great form lately. Thus, backing The Reds to keep a clean sheet could appeal to some. This is priced at 6/4.

If you're looking at trends, it is difficult to ignore Philippe Coutinho. He has scored in his last three games and has looked immense throughout. He is priced at 13/2 to get the opener on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Brazilian teammate Roberto Firmino is at 5/1 to get the first goal. After his epic strike against Stoke, we certainly wouldn't rule him out.

Salomon Rondon leads the market for West Brom, priced at 7/1 to get the first, but he has been seriously out of form lately, so our money is going elsewhere.

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