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BIG-MATCH FACTS


WEST BROMWICH ALBION face a Liverpool side with a 100% Premiership record against them of played five, won five, with five clean sheets. The Champions League chasing Merseysiders are bidding for a fourth successive Premiership victory, while the relegation threatened Baggies are hoping to avoid a fourth consecutive home League defeat, having cruelly ended up with nothing from Monday's visit to Tottenham after a late error from goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, which led to Robbie Keane's match winning penalty.

Bryan Robson's side are precariously placed immediately above the Premiership's trap door, three points ahead of Birmingham and Portsmouth who both have a game in hand on them. They're striving for a first maximum in seven attempts and a 20th in 108 Premiership games all-time. Their points tally is identical to this stage last season when survival was gained on a nerve-racking final day.

Albion have won only one of 13 home League exchanges with Liverpool over 34 years. That being 2-0 on 17 April 1982. Premiership contests at the Hawthorns have resulted in 0-6 and 0-5 defeats in April 2003 and Boxing Day 2004. Michael Owen scored four times in the former and John Arne Riise helped himself to a brace last season.

LIVERPOOL have already bagged more points than they accumulated for the whole of last season (totalled 58 last season, on 64 this with six to play). The Reds took 11 games to total 12 Premiership goals at the beginning of the season - now they've managed 11 in three and that excludes the 0-7 hammering of Birmingham at St Andrews in the FA Cup, which also came in their current four-match winning sequence. Rafael Benitez' club are well placed to finish third in the table, but it's now become a big ask to pip Manchester United to runners-up spot and automatic qualification to the group stages of the Champions League, being five points adrift having played one more match.

This Saturday teatime fixture is Liverpool's first outing since beating Everton 3-1 in the Merseyside derby last Saturday when they had skipper Steven Gerrard sent off. While West Brom have won six home matches in the top tier this term, the Reds have won six on the road. However they've only returned from Wigan and Newcastle with maximum points in seven matches on their Premiership travels in 2006.

The Merseysiders made it 10 out of 10 in terms of consecutive Premier League victories when Peter Crouch fired home the winner in this season's reverse fixture on New Year's Eve. It sets the Reds up for a possible third Premiership 'double' over the Baggies, a fourth in a row and a 15th since they first locked horns in League combat in 1894.



HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: WBA 28 wins, Liverpool 52, Draws 33
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Liverpool 5, Draws 0


HEAD TO HEAD at WBA
League: WBA 19 wins, Liverpool 21, Draws 16
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Liverpool 2, Draws 0

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possible formation:

.............................KUSZCZAK...........................
...ALBRECHTSEN....DAVIES....WATSON...ROBINSON..
.............................WALLWORK..........................
......KAMARA.............INAMOTO...........GREENING...
........................KANU........ELLINGTON...............
 

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I dont think Kamara is fit yet so its more likely that Kozak will play there instead or maybe Inamoto. God help us if its Carter! Johnson played alright on Monday v Spurs so maybe he'll start him again at CM. But otherwise yeah, lets hope we attack, rather than play the 4-5-1 losing formation.
 

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I read an article where it says that Kamara can play, but not for 90 minutes, so I thought he could start and later Gera would replace him.
 

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Hmm dont think he'd risk him though, not in a game that we'd never win?

Probably save him for the Villa derby game.
 
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