The long awaited Premier League season is finally here and it starts for the Baggies at home with impatient fans filling the Hawthorns. Both teams are expected to do very well in the forthcoming season with Liverpool aiming for a European place, and West Brom aiming for a top half finish. However some pundits are clamining that West Bromwich Albion are not a strong enough side to last in this season’s Premier League, so the Baggies are out to fight critics and teams. This will also be Steve Clarke’s first Premiership game, and it will come against his former club Liverpool with whom he was assistant manager. Liverpool has also introduced a new manager, Brendan Rogers, who had a great success and a fantastic season with newly promoted Swansea City F.C.
West Brom have made some interesting signings this season, after adding Claudio Yacob, an Argentinian international, El Ghanassy from Ligue 1 and Lukaku from Chelsea. Marcus Rosenberg is also a new signing but the Swedish international will have to play catch up and improve his fitness before he is able to make his Albion debut. Liverpool have added striker Borini as Bellamy left for Cardiff, which means controverisal Uruguayan super-star Suarez, will need a strike partner.
Likely Line Ups
West Bromwich Albion (4-3-2-1)
Substitites : Jones, Dawson, Brunt, El Ghanassy, Lukaku, Fortune, Myhill
Substitutes : Carragher, Sterling, Shelvey, Henderson, Carroll, Jones.
Last season West Brom did the double over Liverpool beating them 2-1 at the Hawthorns with two penalties from Brunt and Odemwingie scored the only scored goal as they won 1-0 at Anfield. This season the odds on a draw are 13/5 which seems like a reasonable prediction of the result.
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