UEFA Champions League qualification is in Liverpool’s grasp and one thinks that the Reds will inch closer to Europe’s top table with an English Premier League away win over a West Bromwich team that is punching above its weight.
West Bromwich fans would have laughed had you suggested that their side would be positioned eighth on the English Premier League ladder at Easter but the Baggies have done remarkably well in picking up wins and draws against their fellow teams that are not equipped to push for honours. West Bromwich is 11-6-4 in its 21 English Premier League matches versus the 12 sides below it on the ladder but the Baggies are 1-2-8 against the seven teams that are higher ranked than them.
The English Premier League title is out of Liverpool’s reach but its UEFA Champions League qualification is in its own hands and the Reds would be championship contenders if they had not dropped points versus the division’s lesser lights. Liverpool is 9-6-0 against the English Premier League’s top 10 sides but the Reds are 9-3-5 versus the 10 teams on the bottom half of the ladder. Jurgen Klopp must rid Liverpool of its propensity to underperform against the English Premier League’s leading lights if it is to prevail.
According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Liverpool holds a 12-2-5 lead over West Bromwich so, provided that Klopp starts with the strongest possible Reds line-up – something that he did not do versus Stoke – one likes the away favourite at odds of -109 with Unibet.
October’s reverse English Premier League fixture resulted in a 2-1 home win for Liverpool over West Bromwich in which the Reds put the match to bed inside 35 minutes through Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool has not lost any of its last seven games versus West Bromwich and one fancies the Reds to do the business at The Hawthorns on Sunday.
Manchester City is deservedly odds on to post an English Premier League away victory over Southampton on Saturday. SkyBet are offering odds of -125 about a Manchester City win.
The reverse English Premier League fixture ended 1-1 at Manchester City in October but one’s collateral form figures suggest that Southampton is a long way behind the Citizens. According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Manchester City enjoys a 13-1-5 advantage over Southampton. Oriol Romeu is suspended for Southampton and the Saints have yet to defeat any of the English Premier League top six, earning two points from seven such matches.
The game of the English Premier League round is Sunday’s clash between Manchester United and Chelsea. One suspects that Manchester United may be distracted by its UEFA Europa League tie against Anderlecht and that Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho believes that the UEFA competition represents his side with its most likely UEFA Champions League route.
Chelsea, which thrashed Manchester United 4-0 in October’s reverse English Premier League fixture and eliminated the Red Devils from the English FA Cup by virtue of a 1-0 home triumph, is available at odds of +200 with BetVictor. According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Chelsea boasts a 9-4-6 edge over Manchester United and the Blues have the benefit of not having to back up from a testing midweek engagement.
Liverpool to beat West Brom
Sunday 16th April, 13:30 BST
Manchester City to beat Southampton
Saturday 15th April, 17:30 BST
Chelsea to beat Manchester United
Sunday 16th April, 16:00 BST