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  • 29 October 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 25522
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West Bromwich Albion - Liverpool Preview: Baggies looking for first back-to-back victories over the Reds since 1965

Both sides are unbeaten in four games with Roy Hodgson looking to defeat his former employers once again following last year's triumph thanks to two Chris Brunt penalties


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WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Foster
Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Jones
Brunt, Scharner, Mulumbu, Thomas
Odemwingie, Tchoyi

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Enrique
Downing, Gerrard, Adam, Bellamy
Kuyt, Suarez
Roy Hodgson is forced into a change up-front due to the injury Shane Long suffered against Aston Villa, although he will be out for just six weeks which was less than first feared. Somen Tchoyi is most likely to come in place of the injured forward, though Simon Cox would be more of a like-to-like replacement.

Hodgson has played the same defence and midfield in the last two games, but Paul Scharner is a slight doubt due to a tweak of his knee and Jerome Thomas has bruising on his feet. Graham Dorrans could return after missing the match against Aston Villa with a knee injury, and Gabriel Tamas is once again available.

Kenny Dalglish has to decide how to juggle his pack with Lucas Leiva returning from suspension. He could be used in a 4-3-3 or, more likely, come in for Craig Bellamy.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Roy Hodgson became manager of West Brom mid-way through last season and achieved something no previous manager of the Baggies had done since 1981 – see his side score more than one goal against Liverpool.
  • West Brom beat the Reds 2-1 last year thanks to two Chris Brunt penalties, but their record against them is awful: they have lost all nine other Premier League matches against Liverpool, scoring no goals and conceding 25 (they lost 5-0 and 6-0 in that run, both at the Hawthorns).
  • In their last 38 meetings in all competitions, West Brom have won three (one of which was in the League Cup) and only scored 15 goals. The last time they scored three goals against Liverpool was in 1965 (they did it twice that year).
  • In league matches at West Brom, the home side have 20 wins to Liverpool’s 23, despite having scored two more goals than the opponents. 16 matches have ended as draws, the last of which was in 1984 (14 matches ago).
  • If West Brom win, it will be the first time they won three Premier League matches in a row since 2002. Back then, they beat Fulham, West Ham United and Southampton all 1-0 in September, but only went on to win three more all season.
  • Liverpool have not drawn away from home all season in any competition, winning five and losing two.
  • Craig Bellamy has made 249 appearances in the Premier League. This will be his 250th outing, provided he makes an appearance at some point.
  • Liverpool have not had a goalless draw in 43 matches in the league. Only Bolton currently beat this record, with 46 matches having passed by since they shared a point with an opponent through a 0-0 result.
  • For Liverpool, Luis Suarez has the: most goals, most shots on target, most shots off target, offsides, free-kicks won, quickest goal and latest goal. Seven players have scored in the league, but only Suarez (with four) has more than one goal.
  • Liverpool have not scored from a cross in open play all season. They have had 70 corners - the most in the league - but scored from just one of them.
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Available Squads
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
12Steven ReidDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
11Zoltán GeraMidfielder
-Simon CoxStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
9Andy CarrollStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
38Jon FlanaganDefender
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
-Dirk KuytStriker
39Craig BellamyStriker
Players to Watch
Gareth McAuley
Gareth McAuley
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Northern Irishman who signed from Ipswich in the summer only made his debut due to Gabriel Tamas being suspended, but he really took his opportunity by putting in strong performances.

Aston Villa created very little against West Brom last week and that is due to the partnership forming between McAuley and Jonas Olsson in the centre of defence.

But as good as the opposing teams have been so far, facing Luis Suarez will be a step-up once again. How he deals with the Uruguayan will be crucial to how the Baggies fare in this fixture.
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Suarez will likely be the key to the Reds potentially triumphing against the in-form Baggies.

The striker is the creator and the finisher of the side, so his failure to convert any of the chances his brilliance allowed him meant Liverpool could only draw against Norwich last week. He will hope to match his exploits against Stoke City, as he bagged a brace to ensure that the Reds progressed in the League Cup.
Prediction
Both teams are unbeaten in four matches, but West Brom will probably be the happier of the two at the minute as the hosts' last two were victories whereas their opponents have drawn their previous two league games.

Liverpool play better football, but a late kick-off in front off a loud Hawthorns crowd means they will find it difficult to walk away with all three points.
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