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West Brom v Liverpool: Back both teams to score in away win

| 30.01.2014

Fresh from stuffing local rivals Everton 4-0, Brendan Rodgers brings his prolific Liverpool side to the Hawthorns and that spells trouble for backpedalling West Brom, though the Baggies should at least find the net against the Reds.

Liverpool’s mantra on the road this season appears to be one of; let the opposition score, but then still end up scoring more themselves by the time the final whistle toots.

Only once in 13 Premier League trips away from Anfield have the Reds been prevented from rippling the other team’s net, which is a stat one might expect to discover given Liverpool’s status as the top-flight’s second-top scorers.

However, Rodgers will be vexed by their inability to keep clean sheets on their travels, where only once in their last 10 have they prevented their hosts from scoring.

In light of theses stats and Liverpool’s far superior form over their freefalling hosts, the best punt on this televised treat is to plump for the 2/1 about both teams scoring and the visitors escaping with the points.

Liverpool’s preference is to inflict their match-winning damage in the first-half of games this season, having scored 37 of their 57 goals all-told before the whistle is blown.

Knock-on bets to be exposed should be the 19/10 about Liverpool scoring more of their goals in the opening 45 minutes and certainly the 8/15 on their maiden strike of the game coming before the recess.

Of the West Brom roster most likely to find the net, injury to Nicolas Anelka means talented young striker Saido Berahino is a prime candidate at 5/2 to find the net anytime.

Meanwhile, such generous odds could never be afforded to the Premier League’s top scorer, but 3/1 on Luis Suarez opening the scoring is a solid option.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.