West Brom v Liverpool
Sunday 16 May, 16:30 kick-off
Live on Sky Sports
Big Sam shocked by relegation
West Brom are down however not fairly out but, and Big Sam Allardyce likes nothing greater than upsetting the large boys – as his effective current file towards Liverpool exhibits with the previous England boss unbeaten in his final 5 league video games towards the Reds (W1 D4).
The Baggies grabbed a 1-1 draw at Anfield in December regardless of a definite lack of the ball – their 121 passes as a staff was 23 fewer than Jordan Henderson managed by himself.
Back then, Allardyce set his aspect up to defend deep and frustrate Liverpool exhibiting large workrate and focus – whether or not he can get that very same dedication from a squad of relegated gamers can be an enormous issue on Sunday.
A shell-shocked Allardyce can be weighing up his future after sufering his first Premier League relegation, with a choice set to be made earlier than the tip of the season: “I can’t get my head around it,” he mentioned. “I never expected to come here and get relegated, I really thought we’d get out of it so never worried about relegation.”
Reds nonetheless in top four hunt
After all of the accidents and type issues Liverpool have gone by way of this season, getting again into the Champions League can be one thing of a hit – and beating Man Utd at Old Trafford places them proper again in with a shout of grabbing a top four spot.
It was one thing of a return to type for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect, however enjoying groups like West Brom has been their downside this 12 months, not the large groups. Liverpool have only one win in 5 towards the three newly-promoted sides this season (D3 L1).
The Reds are on a seven-game unbeaten run although (W5 D2) with even these two attracts coming by conceding late objectives towards Leeds and Newcastle – they usually do have one thing to struggle for now as their additional starvation confirmed at Old Trafford.
Klopp has only one win in six video games agauinst Allardyce and can need to enhance on the third worst profitable ratio in his profession – grabbing a primary ever win at Old Trafford on Thursday may have been a lift to him personally although as properly.
The Reds seemed much more scientific towards Man Utd, ending groups off has been an actual downside, however on the again query marks stay with 20-year-old Rhys Williams set to proceed alongside Nat Phillips if Ozan Kabak cannot regain health in time.
Run of attracts in Baggies fixture
Six of the final eight league conferences have been a draw, however that is a 7.06/1 chance here with Liverpool heavy 1.21/5 favourites and the relegated Baggies a whopping 1413/1 to rating an enormous upset and first win over the Reds in 12 league video games.
West Brom have vastly improved at house with only one defeat in seven on the Hawthorns (W2 D4) and have conceded simply 5 objectives throughout these seven matches.
It’s historically a tricky take a look at for Liverpool, however you’d count on them to be fired up for this, with so much relying on how West Bromn’s gamers strategy the sport – the likes of Matheus Pereira may very well be enjoying for an enormous transfer and with 5 objectives in six he’ll be on the coronary heart of something good coming from the Baggies.
Pereira is 4.57/2 to score anytime here and proceed his effective run whereas Mbaye Diagne might trigger Liverpool’s inexperienced central defence some issues.
It’s been a loopy season and also you nonetheless would not need to belief this Liverpool defence an excessive amount of, however on current type they have to be large favourites to bag one other three factors, the large query is simply how they’re going to do it.
Baggies deflated by relegation
Getting forward hasn’t been an excessive amount of of an issue of late, with Liverpool main at half-time in their final four video games and in three of their final four away video games. They’re anticipated to try this once more with them 1.574/7 to lead after the break.
West Brom have scored in 5 of their final six however that relegation actually appears to have taken the wind out of ALlardyce’s sails, and if that manifests itself inside his squad then they’re going to discover it robust to rating with the guests greater than seemingly to dominate the ball.
A Liverpool win to nil, one thing they achieved in three away video games in a row at Sheff Utd, Wolves and Arsenal, is achievable once more at 2.111/10.
Player sensible, Mo Salah continues to be an incredible goal-scoring asset for Liverpool, however he is a bit quick for me right here and choice goes to Diogo Jota, if he begins, to bag the opening purpose of the sport.
He’s 4.57/2 to score the first goal at the Hawthorns and that is price taking as he is getting again to his full of life self after damage and at instances appears Liverpool’s most harmful attacker.