Following a string of high-scoring and, ultimately, winless away fixtures, Liverpool will be glad to return to Anfield ahead of West Brom’s visit.
Non-league Mansfield are the only side they’ve bettered in their last five road games, shipping 10 goals in that period. This is in stark contrast to their home form where they’ve won three from three, bagging 12 with none going in at the other end. They’re 4/11 to record a fourth victory on the bounce which, given the circumstances, doesn’t look too bad a price.
Since beating QPR on Boxing Day, the Baggies have gone eight without a win, a run which has seen them lose six times and seen any ideas above their mid-table station well and truly shelved. This bad patch means their 7/1 to spring a surprise on Merseyside – as they did last year – is worth ducking, as is the draw despite odds of 19/5.
Last season’s win in this fixture is something that will give West Brom confidence, though Peter Odemwingie, the man who scored the only goal of this clash – which, coincidentally, was the Baggies’ first ever at Anfield in the Premier League – is almost certainly not going to be included following his infamous deadline day idiocy.
Of their 13 league clashes since the top-flight’s re-branding, only one of them has seen both goalkeepers beaten and, given the opposite ends of the form table which these sides sit, punting only one or neither side to find the back of the net has to be done at 5/6. Assuming the trend continues, an even better bet is the home win to nil at 5/4.
The goal markets also throw up two more intriguing opportunities for windfall. The first, based around the two meetings contested between the pair earlier in the campaign, is for there to be exactly three goals in the game at 3/1. The game on the opening day of the season finished 3-0 to Steve Clarke’s men, while the Capital One Cup tie at the Hawthorns finished 2-1 to the Reds.
Similarly, three of Liverpool’s last four wins have contained exactly three goals.
Another good looking prospect is the 1/1 on offer for Liverpool to score either two or three times in this fixture, as has been the case in six of their previous eight outings.
On top of this, online and mobile bettors will get any losing in-play flutter on next goalscorers and correct scores refunded as free bets if there is a red card in the match.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date