Liverpool v West Brom: Hodgson seeking to sink former club
Liverpool v West Brom, Sunday 16:00
After triumphing at Wembley last weekend, Liverpool will be hoping that their league form sees improvement in turn as Paddy Power offer free bets and place West Brom as huge odds against underdogs for their trip to Anfield.
Kenny Dalglish’s side managed to come back from a goal down to beat Everton 2-1 and proceed to the final of this season’s FA Cup and are firmly in the race to win a double in what has been an extremely strange campaign.
The Merseysiders still sit in eighth spot and have won just two of their last six league fixtures, meaning the hosts won’t be able to rest on their laurels on Sunday.
That being said, Liverpool are now on a run of two consecutive wins and regardless of the fact that he was their manager barely eighteen months ago, will be hoping to condemn Roy Hodgson’s side to a bottom half finish.
The Baggies are a strange case in the Premier League, scoring a higher goals per game ratio when playing away from home than in front of their own crowd with 1.24 compared to their 1.12 at the Hawthorns.
However, it’s at the back where the real problems lie for the West Midlands club, conceding in 94% of their away fixtures.
Liverpool have no new injury concerns to worry about and might be ready to bring Charlie Adam back into the line-up after the Scot sat out the last three weeks with a knee injury.
West Brom have a lot more absentees to worry about but could welcome back defensive trio Paul Scharner, Gabriel Tamas and Marton Fülöp, who are all fighting to regain fitness in time for the trip to Anfield.
With a win at Anfield, West Brom can move into a very comfortable tenth place while Liverpool will be hoping to jump back above Everton, who face a hard trip to Manchester United in the early kickoff.