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    West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool Match Preview

    West Brom have the chance to delay their likely relegation for another week when they entertain Liverpool in the first of this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

    The Baggies won at Manchester United last Sunday in order to prolong their battle with four matches remaining, but a defeat against Liverpool would effectively confirm their demotion to the Championship.

    Their opponents are just two victories away from securing a place in next season's Champions League but Jurgen Klopp may make several changes to his line-up ahead of Tuesday's European tie against Roma.

    West Bromwich Albion

    West Brom needed to win at Old Trafford last weekend to maintain any chance of Premier League survival and they duly completed the most unlikely of victories courtesy of Jay Rodgriguez's second-half goal.

    The Baggies had won only one of their previous 31 Premier League matches but, under the guidance of caretaker boss Darren Moore, they were adventurous in the attacking third of the pitch and remained organised defensively.

    It was a thoroughly deserved victory for the visitors, which was all the more memorable as it handed Manchester City the title just eight days after they had failed to clinch it themselves in the Manchester derby.

    West Brom have picked-up four points in the two games since Moore succeeded Alan Pardew in the managerial hotseat but a defeat, coupled with Swansea gaining a point at Manchester City on Sunday, would confirm the club's relegation.

    The Baggies have had little to get excited about throughout a disastrous campaign, although they did earn a 0-0 draw at Anfield in December and followed that up with a 3-2 win in January's FA Cup tie.

    Jay Rodriquez scored twice in four minutes to put his side in the lead at Anfield, while a Joel Matip own goal on the stroke of half-time sealed the win although they needed to withstand a late Liverpool revival.

    Rodriguez is the club's top scorer this seasons with 11 goals in all competitions, two more than his strike partner Salomon Rondon, and nine ahead of five players who have each scored two goals apiece.


    Liverpool are on the brink of clinching a place in next season's Champions League with four matches of the season remaining, while they also have a slight chance of finishing as runners-up to Manchester City.

    A win against West Brom on Saturday would cut the deficit between themselves and second-place Manchester United to a single point, and Jurgen Klopp's side have the advantage of a better goal-difference.

    United, fourth-place Tottenham and fifth-place Chelsea are all involved in FA Cup semi-final action this weekend so The Reds have an excellent opportunity to steal a march on their top-four rivals.

    Mohamed Salah netted his 40th goal of the season in last Saturday's 3-0 victory over Bournemouth, while the 30 Premier League goals he has scored is three more than the entire West Brom side have managed throughout 2017-18.

    Victory this weekend cannot be taken for granted, however, as The Baggies have already left Anfield with a draw and a win this season, and their confidence is high following a stunning 1-0 triumph over Manchester United last weekend.

    Klopp could be forgiven for having one eye on Tuesday's semi-final clash against Roma in the Champions League and he may rest a few of his key players in order to keep them fresh for the tie.

    However, several players have already been ruled-out of Saturday's encounter including Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip and Adam Lallana due to injury, so the options open to Klopp are limited.

    West Bromwich Albion Team News

    Striker Daniel Sturridge will be unavailable to West Brom this weekend due to the terms of his loan move from Liverpool, so Darren Moore is likely to keep faith in his strikeforce of Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez.

    Jonny Evans has not played since the end of March but is likely to feature having recovered from a knee injury, while Hal Robson-Kanu also returns to the squad after suffering from concussion.

    Nacer Chadli, who has spent four months on the sidelines with a hip injury, is still a doubt after struggling to return to full-fitness, but he could make his long-awaited comeback this weekend.

    Two players who will not be returning this campaign, however, are midfielders Gareth Barry and James Morrison, who have both been ruled-out with respective knee and achilles injuries.

    Liverpool Team News

    Jurgen Klopp could rest several players ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final tie against Roma, although his options have been restricted due to a number of his squad suffering from injury.

    Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke are two attacking options that Klopp may decide to utilise, while Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno could also be in contention for a place in the starting line-up.

    Joel Matip (thigh), Adam Lallana (hamstring), Emre Can (back) and Nathaniel Clyne (muscle strain) have all been ruled-out of this weekend's clash, with Matip expected to miss the rest of the season.

    There is better news regarding the return of Joe Gomez, who could feature this weekend after recovering from an ankle problem, while Dejan Lovren is also set to keep his place in the side despite recently suffering from muscle fatigue.


    West Brom have enjoyed a fairly good record against Liverpool in recent years having won five and drawn five of the past 16 matches in all competitions, although their record against The Reds over the last 50 years has not been so impressive.

    The Baggies had only won four and drawn 14 of the previous 49 encounters, which included a 13-match losing streak from 1985 until 2010, before two Chris Brunt penalties earned the club a famous 2-1 at The Hawthorns in 2011.

    The two teams have contested 23 encounters in the Premier League, with Liverpool winning on 14 occasions and West Brom coming out on top four times, although five of those matches have ended in draws.

    West Brom have fared slightly better in the all-time head-to-head having won 39 of the 150 meetings in all competitions, while The Reds have won 68 times and a further 43 matches have been drawn.

    Score Prediction

    West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Liverpool
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