LIV vs WBA Dream11: Liverpool welcome West Bromwich Albion to Anfield in the Premier League. The Reds are now comfortably on top of the table and will be happy to face lowly West Brom after Leicester and Manchester United faced off, a game that saw both teams drop 2 points. They will now look to beat the Baggies and take a comfortable lead over the other rest of the league. Jurgen Klopp’s side is coming off the back of 2 impressive wins against Tottenham Hotspur and a 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace away from home. West Brom, on the other hand, has continued their poor form under new manager, Sam Allardyce after a 3-0 loss at home to Aston Villa. The Baggies are currently 19th in the league with just 1 win in 14 games and could potentially be 5 points from safety before their trip to Merseyside. Getting points off of Liverpool is no easy task, even for an experienced manager like Allardyce.
Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion, Premier League
27th December 2020, 10 pm (IST)
Liverpool – WDDWW
West Brom – WLLDL
Head-to-head (last five meetings):
Liverpool – 2
Draws – 2
West Brom – 1
Last meeting: West Brom 2-2 Liverpool (Premier League, 21st April 2018)
Live Streaming: Star Sports Select Network, Disney + Hotstar
LIV vs WBA Prediction, Team News, Starting XI
A) Liverpool Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Liverpool will continue to miss the services of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota.
Doubtful: Jurgen Klopp will be delighted with the return of Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri to training but they are unlikely to start the game. An appearance off the bench may be on the cards.
Expected changes: Liverpool are likely to continue with the same side that faced Crystal Palace, with one change. Mohamed Salah will feel like he has done enough to warrant a place back in the lineup, alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Allison Becker starts in goal behind a backline of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Fabinho and Andrew Robertson. Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum should keep their regular spots in midfield.
Liverpool Starting XI (probable):
Allison Becker (GK)
B) West Brom Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Conor Townsend, Hal Robson-Kanu and Kyle Bartley are all out for this fixture with injuries. Jake Livermore will miss out after seeing red in the previous game.
Doubtful: Sam Allardyce does not have any doubtful players for the LIV vs WBA Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Sam Johnstone will start in goal, behind a 4-man defence of Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Dara O’Shea and Kieran Gibbs. Romaine Sawyers will start in defensive midfield, to shield the defence. Allardyce will be happy with the return of Matheus Pereira who will slot straight into attacking midfield alongside Conor Gallagher, Matthew Phillips and Grady Diangana. Karlan Grant will continue to lead the line.
West Brom Starting XI (probable):
Sam Johnstone (GK)
LIV vs WBA Today Match Prediction:
Paddy Power: Liverpool – 1.11; West Brom – 19.00
Coral: Liverpool – 1.14; West Brom – 23.00
The numbers posted by the bookies are enough to capture the mood of the game. The last side West Brom would’ve wanted to face at this stage of their season would be Liverpool – a side that has not lost a home game in the last 3 seasons and is in stunning form right now. Liverpool will be raring to go for the LIV vs WBA Today Match Prediction and grab the 3 points and it won’t be surprising to see another thrashing of 5 or more goals by the Reds as they look to extend their lead on top of the table.
Most Likely Result: Liverpool win.
LIV vs WBA Dream11, Captain & Differential Picks
Captain Options –
Mohamed Salah –
Goals/Assists – 16/4
Chances created – 35
Successful dribbles – 26
Mohamed Salah is in excellent form as usual with 16 goals in all competitions. He was left out of the game against Crystal Palace but came off the bench to score 2 goals and provide an assist. He will be a very annoying player to deal with for the West Brom defence given his pace and dribbling prowess.
Sadio Mane –
Chances created – 25
Successful dribbles – 36
Key passes – 22
Mane too had a successful outing in their last game with a goal and assist in 57 minutes of football. He has not been very clinical this season, with 5 goals from 19 shots on target in the league but when paired with Salah and Firmino, he is lethal and his presence on the left flank can be overwhelming.
Roberto Firmino –
Chances created – 20
Successful dribbles – 24
Recent form – 3 goals and 1 assist in the last 2 games.
Firmino has been righting his wrongs from last season with 19 shots on target. He has also been in excellent form getting the man of the match in both the previous 2 fixtures. Firmino also grabbed a late winner against Tottenham which proved to be a crucial victory for the Reds.
Differential Picks –
Jordan Henderson –
Chances created – 14
Tackles succeeded (Success %) – 12 (85%)
Interceptions – 21
The skipper has been excellent for Liverpool so far in orchestrating the midfield. He also scored a great long-range goal against Palace. Henderson often does the dirty work in midfield and has great numbers both offensively and defensively.
Matheus Pereira –
Chances created – 25
Successful dribbles – 16
Accurate crosses – 11
One shining spark for West Brom throughout has been Matheus Pereira who is quite dangerous on and off the ball and is now in contention to play after serving his suspension. He is a very skilled dribbler and will look to use the length of the right flank to cause Liverpool some damage.
Grady Diangana –
Successful dribbles – 21
Tackles succeeded (Success %) – 14 (52%)
Interceptions – 10
The new signing from West Ham was highly touted and he has lived up to it by being one of the Baggies’ best players. Playing on the left flank, he does not hesitate in drifting to a more central role to get a shot off. Pereira and Diangana on either flank will give the Reds something to worry about throughout.