Premier League Preview 2012/13: W.B.A. (H)

Premier League Preview 2012/13: W.B.A. (H)
February 8, 2013 Gary Fulcher

By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov.

After earning respectable draws against Arsenal and Manchester City away from home in recent weeks, Liverpool return to Anfield to face Steve Clarke’s West Bromwich Albion side on Monday evening, 8pm kick off UK time.

Liverpool lost the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season 0-3 and in the corresponding fixture last season suffered our first defeat at Anfield at the feet of West Brom since 1967, thanks to a strike from Peter Odemwingie who has more recently made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have won five in a row at Anfield – scoring 16 and conceding 0 – while the Baggies are without a win in any of their last six Premier League games – losing five and conceding 12 times in the process.

Premier League record since the two clubs met on the opening day of the season:

  • Liverpool – P: 24 W: 9 D: 9 L: 6 F: 44 A: 29 GD: +15 Pts: 36
  • W.B.A. – P: 24 W: 9 D: 4 L: 11 F: 31 A: 35 GD: -4 Pts: 31

The match day officials for this fixture are:

Referee: Jon Moss. Assistant Referee: M McDonough. Assistant Referee: R West. 4th Official: Martin Atkinson.

TEAM NEWS

Martin Kelly (knee) is missing for Liverpool, while Raheem Sterling (illness) and Daniel Sturridge (thigh) are both doubtful.

The Baggies are missing long-term injury absentees Zoltan Gera (knee) and George Thorne (knee). Youssouf Mulumbi (knee) is rated as doubtful.

Liverpool

Goalkeepers: Reina, Jones, Gulacsi
Defenders: Johnson, Wisdom, Flanagan, Skrtel, Agger, Coates, Carragher, Enrique, Robinson
Midfielders: Lucas, Gerrard (c), Coutinho, Allen, Henderson, Downing, Shelvey, Suso, Sterling
Strikers: Suarez, Borini, Sturridge

W.B.A.

Goalkeepers: Foster, Myhill, Daniels
Defenders: Reid, Olsson, Popov, Ridgewell, McAuley, Hurst, Jones, Tamas
Midfielders: Yacob, Morrison, Brunt (c), Thomas, Thorne, Allan, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Roofe, Sawyers, Brown
Strikers: Rosenberg, Long, Lukaku, Odemwingie, Fortune

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