Brendan Rodgers’ side have been dominant at Anfield in in recent weeks, and Jamie Dickenson thinks the Reds can punish a struggling Baggies team on Monday evening
Monday night’s Premier League fixture sees Liverpool host West Bromwich Albion at Anfield, as Brendan Rodgers’ side look to keep pace with their rivals for a top-four place.
The Reds have won five of their last six league fixtures, and are in no danger of being under-rated by bookmakers Coral, who price the home team at just 2/5 (1.40) for victory.
West Brom are in the midst of a poor run of form, without a win in eight games in all competitions and having had to endure two public embarrassments from their own players within 10 days.
The Baggies – who are priced as long as 7/1 (8.0) to beat Liverpool – witnessed striker Peter Odemwingie fail to force through a transfer to QPR on deadline day and then saw Goran Popov’s dismissed for spitting at Kyle Walker of Tottenham.
Popov has since apologised, and Odemwingie looks like being brought back into Steve Clarke’s set-up in the West Midlands, but even a draw at 7/2 (4.50) looks beyond the visitors when they make the trip to Merseyside.
Those looking for greater value backing heavy favourites Liverpool will be interested in the home side winning to nil at 23/20 (2.15), given all six of the Reds league triumphs at Anfield have come with a clean sheet.
Their last three matches on their own patch have ended 5-0 (Norwich), 3-0 (Sunderland) and 4-0 (Fulham), and supporting another dominant home display appears to be a potentially profitable opportunity.
Southampton, Wigan and Reading make up the six Premier League wins to nil, and achieving another result of that ilk against West Brom – who in ninth would be the best placed side on that list – looks tricky but far from improbable given the Baggies current slump.
The side from the West Midlands are yet to win in 2013, and lost to Spurs last time out without scoring.
Raheem Sterling could be involved again for Rodgers’ team, who also look set to put Daniel Sturridge through a late fitness test to determine the level of his participation.
Even if Sturridge misses out, Liverpool look strong enough to take all three points with relative ease, and can rely on top-scorer Luis Suarez to fire them to victory.
The Uruguay international is quite a short price to net anytime at 4/5 (1.80), but may be worth backing to break the deadlock at a more inviting price of 10/3 (4.33).
Suarez struck the first goal during the recent 2-2 draw at Arsenal, and now has eight in his last eight matches and 22 for the season in all competitions.
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