|By PAUL GOUGH
Liverpool are dominating betting ahead of Monday's English Premier League fixture against out-of-form West Brom, despite concerns star recruit Daniel Sturridge could miss the match with a thigh injury.
Sturridge, the former Chelsea striker, moved to Liverpool in the January transfer window and has immediately transformed the previously struggling Reds, having scored four goals in his first six games for the club.
And with the Reds' best player in Uruguayan star Luis Suarez maintaining his remarkable scoring output in the same period, Liverpool have taken 11 points in that period and were unlucky to only came away with draws from their recent testing trips to Manchester City and Arsenal.
Heading into Monday's game, Liverpool are in eighth spot, just one place and two points ahead of West Brom, but the two teams are worlds apart as far as their recent form is concerned, with the Baggies having taken just one point from their past six games.
As a result, Liverpool are heavy favourites for this one at odds of $1.33 at Centrebet and $1.39 with Betfair, where so far nearly 90 percent of money wagered on the game has been placed on the home side.
The Baggies are being given little chance at odds of $8.50 at sportsbet.com.au, $9.50 at Centrebet and $10 at Betfair, while even the draw is priced at odds of $4.50 at sportsbet.com.au, $4.75 at Centrebet and $5.40 at Betfair.
|Liverpool to win v West Brom at $1.39 at Betfair
||Liverpool to win 2-0 v West Brom at $8 at Betfair|
Sturridge remains in doubt for Monday's game with a thigh injury picked up against Manchester City last week, and punters should keep a close eye on team selection for this one before placing their bets - particularly those backing on the correct-score market.
West Brom thrashed Liverpool 3-0 in the opening game of the season in August, but such has been the Baggies' decline that the Reds should win this game, even if Sturridge does not come up.
But the margin of victory will be much greater should Sturridge be fit and firing.
Liverpool to win 2-0 is the early favourite in correct-score betting at Betfair at odds of $8 and does look the safest option, while only a 1-0 win for the Reds at $9.40 is worth considering should Sturridge be a non-starter for Liverpool.
If Sturridge is cleared to play, Liverpool are capable of putting the struggling Baggies to the sword in this one and suddenly a 3-0 win at odds of $10.50 at Betfair or even a 4-0 win at odds of $15 at sportsbet.com.au would be well worth considering.
* Note prices subject to change