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West Brom v Liverpool betting tips: Reds have momentum

| 15.05.2021
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Preview and odds for Sunday’s match

Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League received a huge boost with Thursday’s victory at Manchester United and they will now look to make the most of a favourable run-in.

The Reds are six points behind third-placed Leicester and four behind Chelsea but have a game in hand and the FA Cup finalists face each other on Tuesday.

West Brom’s relegation was confirmed last week and their focus is already switching to their bid to come straight back up next season.

Sunday’s game kicks off at 4.30pm and is live on Sky Sports as we pick out some potential West Brom v Liverpool betting tips.

West Brom vs Liverpool match odds

Liverpool have made a poor defence of their Premier League title but are producing a late surge as they look to at least clinch a top-four finish.

Those hopes were fading when they went behind to Bruno Fernandes’ deflected effort in their rearranged game at Old Trafford, only for Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino to put Liverpool in front going into half-time.

Firmino grabbed another before Marcus Rashford reduced the deficit but Mohamed Salah wrapped up a 4-2 victory as the Reds won at the old foes for the first time since 2014.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have won five matches during a seven-game unbeaten run and are 1/4 for another win at The Hawthorns and 4/5 to be leading at both half-time and full-time.

West Brom are 16/5 to take points off Liverpool and the draw is 5/1, which is an interesting option given the last three meetings have ended all square.

West Brom v Liverpool head-to-head

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West Brom are always huge underdogs heading into a meeting with Liverpool and they are 12/1 for an upset this weekend but they have proved tricky customers in this fixture.

Sam Allardyce secured his first point as West Brom boss when Semi Ajayi’s maiden Premier League goal earned a late 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in December as Liverpool wasted their dominance in a one-sided game.

The Baggies were lucky to go in at the break only trailing to Sadio Mane’s brilliant opener but Liverpool failed to make the most of their long spells of possession.

Ajayi then made up for his mistake in losing Mane for his goal by heading in an 82nd-minute equaliser.

In West Brom’s previous season in the Premier League in 2017/18, they drew 0-0 at Anfield and 2-2 at home while they also won 3-2 at Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Previous XI

West Brom vs Liverpool - Football tactics and formations
West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, Townsend, Phillips, Gallagher, Yokuslu, Robinson, Pereira, Diagne.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, Williams, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Jota, Firmino, Salah.

Team news

West Brom have Ainsley Maitland-Niles back available after he was unable to face his parent club Arsenal as part of the terms of his loan.

Liverpool are unlikely to have any of their short-term injured players back. Centre-back Ozan Kabak and midfielders James Milner and Naby Keita have all missed the last two matches.

Key battles

Liverpool’s inexperienced centre-backs Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips came through the test of facing Edinson Cavani on Thursday, although it looked set to be a long night for Phillips when his deflection went in for United’s opener.

He teed up Jota for the equaliser, though, and this should be an easier game against West Brom but Matheus Pereira is one to watch. The Brazilian has scored five goals in his last six games and is 14/5 to be on target again.

Salah’s goal at Old Trafford took him to 21 – the same as Harry Kane – so the race for the Golden Boot could not be closer and the Egyptian is the 23/10 favourite to open the scoring.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.