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West Brom are just three points above the relegation zone, while a Liverpool win could see them go one point behind third place Chelsea who play Manchester City Monday night. At Anfield earlier in the season Liverpool beat West Brom 4-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Luis Suarez and a goal from Daniel Sturridge, with James Morrison netting a consolation from the penalty spot. West Brom have struggled for goals somewhat this term, with last season’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku now at Everton. Despite the signings of Anelka and Victor Anichebe this summer, they have only managed 3 goals between them. This is more surprising considering Anichebe has an impressive 64% shot accuracy according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
Despite top scorer Saido Berahino only sitting on 3 goals this season, the ball appears to be regularly getting into box from the flanks. Morgan Amalfitano has put the ball into the box 22 times this season. Only Ahmed Elmohamady and Stewart Downing have crossed the ball more. Berahino is 13/4 with 888sport.com to score at any time this weekend.
Claudio Yacob has made 116 tackles this season from midfield in his 20 appearances, the joint highest in the league with Stoke’s Erik Pieters. He also has an impressive 72% tackle success rate.
Jonas Olsson has been an important part of West Brom’s defence this term. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows he’s made an impressive 273 total defensive contributions (blocks, tackles won, clearances, interceptions), the seventh best in the league this season.
Confidence in the Liverpool squad will be flying after a convincing 4-0 win over city rivals Everton Tuesday night, their biggest win over Everton since 1982.
Jordan Henderson has grown as a player during this campaign and is clearly a major part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans, playing every game and more minutes (2049) than any other Liverpool outfield player. It’s worth noting that with Henderson hoping to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad this summer, Everton’s Gareth Barry is the only Englishman to have more attacking contributions (shots on goal, assists, crosses, dribbles) this term (718) than Henderson (667).
Steven Gerrard will be high on confidence having scored in his last two games. Despite playing less of an attacking role compared to previous seasons the England captain still manages a shot on average once every 61 minutes, complementing an overall 62% shot accuracy rate. Gerrard is 13/5 with 888sport.com to score at any time this weekend.
Luis Suarez has been averaging a shot every 19 minutes, with a grand total of 85 attempts on goal to his name this season, 27 more than his nearest rival in Sergio Aguero. With a 59% shot accuracy rate, it’s no surprise he remains the Premier Leagues top scorer so far this season.
However, despite Liverpool’s fantastic attacking displays, they have been vulnerable defensively at times. Simon Mignolet has made 73 saves this season, more than any keeper in the top half of the table. In front of him, Martin Skrtel has had to maintain his good form, making 22 blocks so far this term.