Sturridge injury a betting concern

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: February 11 2013, 19:26 GMT

Our Andy Schooler previews Monday night's Premier League showdown between Liverpool and West Brom.

Daniel Sturridge: Four goals in six Liverpool appearances
Daniel Sturridge: Four goals in six Liverpool appearances

The Baggies head to Anfield on a wretched run to face a Liverpool side in good form.

Daniel Sturridge has added much to the home team since signing last month but an injury doubt means having a bet now may not be the best idea.

Liverpool v West Brom (2000 GMT)

We've opposed Liverpool on this site in many ways this season but this would appear to be a match in which to get with them.

The form of the two sides is wildly contrasting, although it is also reflected in the prices (Liverpool are just 2/5 for the win).

West Brom sit rock-bottom of the six-match form table with just one point. Liverpool, on the other hand, appear to be gathering real momentum.

They've taken 11 points in that period but it could easily have been more as they had the better of games at Manchester City and Arsenal.

The signing of Daniel Sturridge has undoubtedly boosted them. The former Chelsea man has netted four times in his first six games for the club.

Interestingly his arrival has not affected the scoring power of Luis Suarez either, for the Uruguayan also has four in six.

The added goal threat means Liverpool have now scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight games.

At home, things look even more impressive with their last three results at Anfield being wins v Norwich (5-0), Sunderland (3-0) and Fulham (4-0).

West Brom may be higher in the table than that trio - indeed they are ninth and Liverpool have not beaten a single top-half team this season - but their worrying recent slump means we can happily bracket them in with such names.

I'm tempted to side with them continuing their scoring feats in this one - you can get 11/8 with Sky Bet about the Reds netting three or more against a West Brom side who have lost the suspended Goran Popov from their defence.

The Baggies have conceded three at Reading and Swansea in recent times and with confidence lowered further by the Peter Odemwingie debacle, it's easy to see them having a torrid time here.

What puts me off, however, is the concern over Sturridge, who has been nursing a thigh injury sustained in last week's draw at the Etihad Stadium.

As already mentioned, he's added much to the Liverpool team and they will definitely miss him if he fails to make the line-up.

I'd therefore recommend waiting for the team news. If you can, side with Liverpool scoring three or more at 13/10 if Sturridge plays. Swerve if he does not.

Verdict: Liverpool 3 West Brom 0

  • The match is being televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.

  • Preview posted at 1310 GMT on 09/02/2013.