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League Cup

  • 26 September 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 21164

West Brom - Liverpool Preview: Baggies hopeful of continuing solid early-season form against holders

West Brom - Liverpool Preview: Baggies hopeful of continuing solid early-season form against holders

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The home side find themselves in fourth place in the Premier League and welcome a Reds outfit in the relegation zone but hoping for a return to form in the League Cup



Jones, Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley
Yacob, Mulumbu, Gera, Mulumbu
Long, Lukaku


Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Enrique
Assaidi, Henderson, Sahin, Downing
Morgan, Suarez

For the Baggies, Peter Odemwingie will serve the last match of his three-game ban after being sent off against Fulham.

James Morrison and Jerome Thomas (both leg) will definitely miss the game but the former may make a return soon.

Goran Popov missed the game against Reading and may still be unavailable alongside Steven Reid (hamstring), who was injured against Liverpool in the teams' Premier League meeting last month.

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey's red card against Manchester United means that he is suspended for three games, this being his first.

Daniel Agger (knee), Fabio Borini (ankle) and Martin Kelly (knee) all suffered knocks of varying severities in the game against the Red Devils and, though the former two could potentially return to face the Baggies, Kelly expects a lengthy absence.

Manager Brendan Rodgers may use this game to look at a selection of the club’s talented youngsters, with Jamie Carragher the experienced head.

  • Last season, West Brom came unstuck away to Liverpool's rivals, Everton, in the third round of the League Cup, going down to a 2-1 defeat after extra time thanks to a winner in the 103rd minute from Phil Neville.
  • West Brom won the League Cup in 1966 and finished as runners up in 1967 after a 3-2 defeat to QPR at Wembley Stadium, in the first final to be decided over a single game.
  • Liverpool are the most successful club in the history of the League Cup, having lifted the trophy eight times since its founding in 1960.
  • Stewart Downing (pictured right) has won the League Cup with two different teams, having claimed a winner’s medal last season for Liverpool, and also in 2004 when he was part of the Middlesbrough side that triumphed 2-1 over Bolton at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
  • Reds captain Steven Gerrard was a part of Liverpool's memorable cup treble in the 2000-01 season, in which they won the League Cup on penalties over Birmingham City.

Players to watch

R. Lukaku

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku has been in scintillating form so far this season, scoring two Premier League goals in four appearances and presenting a significant problem for defenders. If the Baggies are to prevail, he will be key as they look to exploit a potentially weak defence.

O. Assaidi

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Summer signing Oussama Assaidi could be crucial in the wide areas for Liverpool and has the potential to turn the match in their favour. He made his debut in the Europa League for the Reds, and was a threat throughout.

Editor's Prediction

This has the potential to be a problematic game for holders Liverpool given the sheer number of fixtures they have had already this season.

West Brom have a chance of taking the victory - just as they did in convincing fashion on the opening day of the Premier League season - especially if this game goes into extra time and penalties, given their recent good form.

It will be tight, but West Brom could sneak the win here.

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