Steve Clarke will be hoping his West Bromwich Albion side can pull out another performance, similar to the one they showed at Manchester United recently, on Saturday, but will have to be wary of Liverpool’s brilliant first half performances so far this season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side sit in 3rd place, two points off Arsenal who lie 1st, while West Brom sit 12th, with (3) draws in their last (5) Premier League games.
West Brom are yet to lose away from home this season, but with (3) draws, and their historic win at Old Trafford, it seems Clarke has made the Baggies difficult to beat away from the Hawthorns, conceding just (2) in (4) games.
Liverpool would have a perfect home record if it were not for Mauricio Pochettino’s perfect tactics at Anfield in late September, coming away from Anfield with a 1-0 win, which will help Steve Clarke when discussing tactics with his coaching staff and players ahead of the game.
Liverpool will be without star man Philippe Coutinho, Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates and Iago Aspas.
The Baggies could be without Scott Sinclair, while Zoltan Gera and Ben Foster are lengthy doubts on the treatment table.
Of Liverpool’s 13 Premier League goals scored this season, 11 of them have come in the first half.
Liverpool haven’t scored against West Brom in their last (3) Premier League matches.
So far this season, Daniel Sturridge has scored (7) goals and (2) assists.
No referee has awarded more penalties since the start of last season in the Premier League than Jon Moss; with three of those coming this season. [via Stats Zone]
As stated above, Sturridge has been directly involved in (9) of Liverpool’s (13) Premier League goals so far this season, with (7) goals and (2) assists. Since making his move from Chelsea to Liverpool in January, Sturridge has been in fine form, scoring (17) Premier League goals.
So far this season, the ex Man City and Chelsea man has had a total of (24) shots, of which (14) have been on target, with (10) off target. Sturridge is averaging a shot every 30 mins, with a shot on target every 51 minutes, giving the English forward a shooting accuracy of 58%, a chance conversion of 29% and a clear-cut chance conversion of 50%, having scored (3) clear-cut chances.
While being clinical in front of goal, Sturridge has also had his creative hat on. The Liverpool striker has attempted a total of (36) dribbles, completing (17) of his (36) dribbles.
Daniel Sturridge has created a total of (7) chances, including (2) assists; creating (3) clear-cut chances, averaging 103 mins per chance created, and 239 mins per clear-cut chance created.
Morgan Amalfitano has been one of the revelations of the Premier League so far season, despite playing just 394 minutes.
Since making his loan move from Marseille to The Hawthorns, Amalfitano has scored (2) goals and created (2) goals.
It’s clear to see that Amalfitano is the creative outlet of the West Bromwich Albion team. In his (5) Premier League games, Amalfitano has attempted (13) dribbles, successfully completing (5). The French winger has played a total of (55) crosses, of which (18) have found the target, with a 33% crossing accuracy.
Amalfitano has created a staggering (15) chances in (5) Premier League games, (11) have been created in open play with (2) created from set plays. The former Marseille player has created (2) goals, averaging a chance created every 26 minutes; creating (2) clear-cut chances and averaging a clear-cut chance every 197 minutes.
While being the Baggies’ creative outlet, Amalfitano has also been incisive in front of goal. The 28-year old has scored (2) goals from a total of (5) shtos; averaging 79 mins per shot, and 99 mins per shot on target – with a shooting accuracy of 80%, a chance conversion of 40% and a clear-cut chance conversion of 50%.
Predicted Line up and odds
Stats suggest that the game between Liverpool and West Brom could be a very tight affair, which is why I’m plumping for the draw [4/1] at Bet Victor.
Luis Suarez will look to carry on his fine form so far this season; he had (6) efforts on goal against Newcastle United last weekend, the most shots on goal according to WhoScored.com – he’s 1/2 at Bet Victor to have the most shots, not the best of odds, but compiled in an accumulator, it may be worth it.
The highest rated market on Bet Victor may also be worth having a dabble on – with Luis Suarez @ 5/1, with Morgan Amalfitano @ 8/1.