West Brom vs Liverpool, Premier League: what time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

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What is it?

A Premier League match to whet your appetite. If you have slightly odd tastes. Yes, it's West Brom vs Liverpool!

When is it?

This coming Sunday, 16 April.

What time is kick-off?

It's a 13.30 affair.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky Sports Ultra High Awesome Definition.

What is the team news?

West Brom

West Brom boss Tony Pulis should have a fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.

There are some players nursing the usual bumps and bruises but nothing that should hamper Pulis' team selection.

Few changes to the starting line-up are expected but the likes of Chris Brunt, Hal Robson-Kanu and James McClean could come into Pulis' thinking.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Rose, Nyom, Dawson, Marc Wilson, Kane Wilson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Galloway, Yacob, Fletcher, Livermore, Morrison, Field, Phillips, Harper, McClean, Chadli, Rondon, Robson-Kanu, Leko.

West Brom team builder

Liverpool

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and fellow midfielder Adam Lallana are still not fit to return ahead of Sunday's trip to West Brom.

Henderson was expected to begin training this week but his foot injury is still giving him problems, while Lallana (thigh) is not expected back with the squad until the week after next.

Brazilians Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho will return to the starting line-up after being rested at Stoke but manager Jurgen Klopp has to decide whether to retain the 3-5-2 formation he introduced last week or revert to his preferred 4-3-3.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Klavan, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi, Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Gomez, Lucas, Grujic, Sturridge, Woodburn, Wilson.

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What are they saying?

Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will only be satisfied if he can guide his third-placed Premier League side back into the Champions League next season.

Liverpool last played in Europe's elite club competition in 2014 but five wins and two draws in their last eight matches has put them on course for Champions League qualification via a top-four finish.

"I will only be satisfied if we reach the Champions League. You are always under pressure," Klopp told Sky Sports in Germany. "In every game there is pressure. You need to win all the time. I'm only satisfied when the team wins."

Meanwhile, top-scorer Sadio Mane, who sustained a season-ending knee injury earlier this month, is eager to make a strong return after undergoing surgery on Tuesday.

"I will give my very best after successful surgery to be back on the pitch as soon as possible and be even better than before," Mane told the club's website.

Liverpool will also be without midfielders Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, who are recovering from respective thigh and foot injuries, for Sunday's trip to eighth-placed West Bromwich Albion. 

What are the odds?

West Brom: 7/2
Liverpool: 11/12
Draw: 14/5

What's our prediction?

Ostensibly with nothing to play for, and with a proven track record for stuttering once safety is secured, this looks a likely defeat for Tony Pulis's side. Despite this, Liverpool's consistent inability to raise themselves against less glamorous Premier League opposition and the absence of key man Sadio Mane gives us pause. Significant pause. So much so we're going to go for a shock: West Brom 2 Liverpool 1.

 

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