Expectations of a first Premier League title coming this year have faded at Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp’s exciting outfit failed to beat a Manchester United side struggling to impress under Jose Mourinho.
The Reds are now joint second-favourites alongside Arsenal to top the pile come mid-May, behind 23/20 jollies Manchester City, after once again showing vulnerabilities when taking on opponents that drop deep in numbers, following a 2-0 loss at Burnley early in the campaign.
Like the Clarets, United carved out at least as many good chances as hosts Liverpool despite paltry levels of possession, with Klopp’s forward line failing to fire without missing pair Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana, though the England man livened things up after coming on in the second half.
The German tactician will be faced with eerily similar problems when West Brom hit Merseyside, with hamstrung Wijnaldum still a doubt, and it’s hard to ignore the value about Tony Pulis and co either winning or drawing at 11/4.
Coming back off their third 1-1 draw against Spurs in a row last time out at home, West Brom will be attempting a similar feat on Merseyside having taken two points off Liverpool in 2015/16.
It may not be pretty, but Pulis’ methods are working as his side boast a five-game unbeaten run since going down 1-0 at Bournemouth six weeks ago, no disgrace considering Eddie Howe’s charges have seen off Everton and battered Hull at home since.
That 1-1 scoreline, which was also registered against their next opponents just over five months ago at the Hawthorns, keeps coming up trumps for the Baggies, with points taken in the same manner away to Sunderland and Stoke in recent weeks.
West Brom landing a fourth 1-1 draw on the bounce (or ‘Peak Pulis’ if you prefer) is priced up at 9/1, with Nacer Chadli grabbing the opener in such an eventuality – as he did against old club Spurs last week – available at 80/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.