The Premier League is back this weekend after a very brief Christmas break, with a total of three matches scheduled on Sunday in England. There were six matches on Saturday with nothing too shocking to report. Manchester City did what they do, with a 2-0 win over Newcastle at home for another routine day at the office.
Leicester City and Manchester City took a draw in a tie that wasn’t that surprising. Elsewhere in the EPL, Arsenal were impressive with a 3-1 win over Chelsea. I thought Chelsea would have put up a better fight than that, but hats off to Arsenal were exerting their will versus a capable Chelsea squad on Saturday.
Tottenham and Liverpool are the most notable clubs in play on Sunday. Liverpool sits atop the Premier League table alone with a record of 9-4-1 and 31 points. Everton recorded 3 points on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Sheffield United on the road. It was a textbook win for Everton to draw within just a couple of points of Liverpool at the top of the table.
Am I confident that Everton can overtake Liverpool and hold on? No. However, their form is the best it’s been all season at the moment. They are a perfect 4-0-0 in their previous four matches with all 12 points collected. Manchester City are quietly lurking in fifth currently, a point behind Manchester United. They can’t be ruled out. One team that I’m quickly counting out is Tottenham.
In short order, Tottenham have removed themselves from the discussion with two straight losses against Leicester City, 2-0, and Liverpool, 2-1. Usually losing to Liverpool is nothing to worry about, but that was a golden opportunity for at least a draw on the road against a banged up Liverpool squad.
Liverpool was depleted, but still found a way to emerge with three points. The Reds followed up with a massive blowout of 7-0 against Crystal Palace. We’ll see if Liverpool can stay hot against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. West Bromwich are in search of their first win since November 28 against Sheffield United. Head below for our free Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion pick for December 27, 2020.
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion English Premier League Betting Odds:
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion Prediction:
Liverpool haven’t lost a match since a rare beatdown against Aston Villa. They were a no show on the road, as Aston Villa were the aggressors in a 7-2 win. The Reds showed absolutely no interest in being there and playing Aston Villa. Since that performance on October 4, Liverpool has responded incredibly well.
They are still an unbeatable force at home. While Liverpool might slip up and take a draw occasionally at Anfield, they just never lose. Their last loss at home was three years ago on April 23, 2017 against Crystal Palace, 2-1. Their current unbeaten streak is a club record and they continue to build on it.
Note that Liverpool have recorded an average of 2.86 goals and conceded 1 goal per match at Anfield in the 2020-21 campaign. There are moments where it looked like Liverpool might slip up and finally lose, but they’ve managed to pull things out time and time again. West Bromwich must bring their A++ game to pull off the unthinkable and win.
West Bromwich has had a fairly decent history against Liverpool in previous matches. However, they aren’t dealing with a Liverpool squad from past years. It has been two years since Liverpool and West Bromwich played in 2018, which was a 2-2 draw. Much different Reds team this time around awaits them on Sunday.
West Bromwich are currently facing relegation with a record of 1-4-9 and 7 points. That puts them five points behind Brighton, who are the first team that are out of the relegation zone. Their effort has been abysmal with just 0.71 goals scored and 2.07 goals conceded per match. This looks like a spot for a 3-0 or 4-0 Liverpool win on Sunday at Anfield.