After last week’s disappointing result against Norwich, when they were held to a 1-1 draw, Liverpool really need to start picking up maximum points – they currently lie in 6th, a full 10 points behind Manchester City. Thankfully both Chelsea and Manchester United dropped points too last week, but Liverpool missed out on the chance to capitalise on it.
Liverpool created chances against the Canaries last Saturday but struggled to convert them – Luis Suarez actually set a new Premiership record for having 10 shots in a game without scoring. By the looks of Wednesday’s performance, when Suarez put on a stellar show and scored two goals, including a late, late winner, the Uruguayan striker has solved his striking issues.
All of which puts Liverpool in good shape – Gerrard is back, the midfield has started to settle, with Jordan Henderson playing an integral part in the Carling Cup win, and the defence seem to have it pretty much nailed.
West Brom enter the tie in good form, with last week’s derby win over Aston Villa (at Villa Park) showing that they have both the resolute defending and goal scoring needed to progress. Former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has made the Baggies difficult to beat, especially at home, but they still seem to lack the partner up-front for Odemwingie. It should be a close game… (live on ESPN in the UK)
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In spite of playing away from home, Liverpool are firm favourites (at 1.83 with Paddy Power), and at those odds we’re happy just to back them. If you wanted a score bet, we fancy 2-1 (8.5 at Ladbrokes).
We may have fell out with him last week (well, not really, but still…) but we’re still backing him to score again this week. Back Suarez as an anytime scorer at 2.2 (Bet Clic). Come on El Pistolero!
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