Premier League: Set Piece Woes for Reds

Sunday’s early Premier League clash sees Liverpool travel to the Black Country to take on West Brom.

The Reds desperately need the points to maintain their challenge for a Champions League spot, while the Baggies are safely positioned in eighth, despite earning only four points from the last 18.

This would tend to suggest that Liverpool have more to gain from this clash. They undoubtedly have the ability to do so, and are unbeaten in their last six league games.

However, this blog has a poor record of predicting results involving the inconsistent Reds, and is wary of being burnt again.

Looking at the relative strengths of the two sides, Liverpool are the joint top scorers in the league but have the worst defensive record of those in the top seven.

One of the problems they have had is defending set pieces, and in West Brom they face a Tony Pulis side that works very hard on this side of the game. In fact, the Baggies have scored 14 goals from corners this season, the most in the league.

Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 games, and we look for West Brom’s tall defenders to cause more trouble for this back line.

West Brom’s Gareth McAuley has scored six league goals from 32 games this season, including one against today’s opponents at Anfield in October, yet can be backed at 10/1 to score any time during the clash.

Recommendation: McAuley to score at any time at 10/1, Paddy Power 

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