West Brom knocked off Man United, could they do the same against Liverpool?
Indeed, West Brom have trailed at both half-time and full-time in six of their 10 encounters with the top six this term, including three of their previous four before United’s woeful showing. Both teams have found the net in three of their four games hosting top-six sides this term, with the same occurring in four of their last five against anyone home or away. Liverpool have netted an average of 2.94 goals per game when facing bottom-half sides this term but with the Champions League semis next week it’s unlikely that Salah, Mane and Firmino will all start, so we fancy a slightly narrower win here, with the 2-1 correct score a good price.
With the expected rotation in Liverpool’s front three, the value in the scorers market lies with Jay Rodriguez. He netted his 11th goal of the campaign in all competitions against United – his third in four games – while he grabbed a brace at Anfield in January when the Baggies knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup.
Darren Moore has led the Baggies to four points from two games since taking charge, though it should be noted that their shock win over Man Utd last time out had much more to do with the sluggish nature of Mourinho’s charges. No such complacency should be exhibited by Liverpool, who have now won their last six against bottom-half opponents by an aggregate score of 19-2, while they led at the break in five of these.