First goalscorer betting could be lucrative for Roy Hodgson’s latest clash with former club Liverpool thanks to a money back offer relating to Luis Suarez.
Hodgson will know the importance of keeping Suarez quiet if he wants to maintain his 100 per cent winning record as manager in games between West Brom and Liverpool.
Before being sacked as Liverpool boss, Hodgson did oversee an Anfield victory over West Brom, but gained a degree of revenge for his dismissal when helping the Baggies achieve victory in the return fixture at The Hawthorns.
He will be keen to stretch this run to three straight victories as West Brom host Liverpool again and pivotal to a victory will be ensuring that Suarez is as ineffective as possible.
Suarez turned the game almost single-handedly when his double helped Liverpool come from behind to beat Stoke in the Carling Cup in midweek and he already has seven goals to his name this season.
The money back offer is that all losing first goalscorer bets will be refunded if Suarez finds the target at any time, meaning that chancing an outsider in this market could be a risk worth taking.
Stewart Downing was prolific at scoring first in games involving Aston Villa last season and is still waiting for his debut Liverpool goal.
He will be keen to get this soon and is perhaps overpriced at 14/1 in the Premier League odds to strike first.
Chris Brunt scored both goals in West Brom’s victory last season and is also 14/1 to break the deadlock.
Suarez is 4/5 to score at any time within the 90 minutes.
West Brom are 11/4 to claim victory and head into the game in fine form with back-to-back Premier League victories.
However, Liverpool have triumphed in nine of their ten Premier League showdowns with West Brom and are 1/1 to remain on track towards finishing in the top four this season.