West Brom have proved more than a match for Liverpool of late, but if the vastly improved Reds can continue their pattern of notching early goals, then they can put the Baggies ‘bogey’ tag to bed at Anfield.
After a home hiccup against Southampton, Brendan Rodgers’ side responded well by putting Crystal Palace out of sight with three first-half goals in a 3-1 win.
And if the hosts are to fefeat a dangerous West Brom side, who have beaten them to nil in the last three league meetings between the clubs, then they will probably require more of the same.
With home advantage Liverpool are understandably priced as the 2/5 favourites, while West Brom are labelled as 13/2 shots to leave Anfield with maximum points for the third straight season.
As we saw against Southampton recently and as it has been against the Baggies in recent seasons, if the opposition can frustrate Liverpool for the first period then they always have a chance to snatch it the second period on Merseyside.
Last season in particular was a real smash-and-grab raid by Steve Clarke’s side, who had survived a barrage in the opening period, but defended admirably before countering with two sucker punches in the last 10 minutes.
However, the Saints remain the only one of eight opponents to have kept Liverpool out in the Premier League so far, while the Reds have also managed to score in the first half in all seven of their other fixtures also.
Liverpool to win the first-half is available at 3/4 and 19/10 says the hosts score more of their goals before the break.
Meanwhile, the Baggies have drawn two blanks on their travels this season, despite a memorable victory at Old Trafford, while the three away goals they have managed, all arrived after the 55-minute mark.
Those remaining Liverpool sceptics, though, might be tempted into glorious odds of 10/1 that they lead at half-time, but not win.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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