West Brom vs Liverpool Prediction, Preview, Team News and Betting Tips
West Brom vs Liverpool Premier League
West Bromwich Albion play for mere pride after their relegation was confirmed by a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal (May 9). Painfully for them, no prior Premier League (PL) season has seen all relegation spots confirmed with three rounds to spare, and of West Brom’s five PL relegations, only 2002/03 (the first) saw them officially down with more games remaining (four).
The ‘Baggies’ are winless in four games (D2, L2), with both defeats seeing them lose the first half by 2+ unanswered goals. Despite this, six of West Brom’s eight prior PL home defeats this term have seen at least 40% of the opposition goals on the day arrive between the 60th minute-FT.
Liverpool’s victory at Old Trafford last Thursday evening saw their odds of a top-four finish slashed drastically. Across their current seven-game unbeaten run in the league (W5, D2) Liverpool boast a strong first-half record (HT: W5, D1, L1), while each of the last six games in that sequence saw a goal scored either way beyond the 80th minute.
Of the four road trips during that seven-game unbeaten PL run, three saw Liverpool enjoy a HT lead by one goal after scoring between the 31st minute and HT. On that theme, six of Liverpool’s eight prior PL first halves won at the Hawthorns have produced a 1-0 score line.
Players to score: Mbaye Diagne netted a header in West Brom’s last home game (62’), but 50% of his prior headed goals that arrived between the 61st-75th minute have come during 3-2 defeats. Opposition forward and countryman Sadio Mané, meanwhile, has a 92.86% win-rate from games where he has scored via his head for Liverpool (W13, D1).
Hot stat: Liverpool are winless in seven PL second halves here (2H: D4, L3) with all four post-HT draws being goalless.
Prediction: West Brom  vs  Liverpool