Wolves v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 04, 2019
Molineux - FA Cup
Liverpool begin their bid to recover from Thursday’s defeat to Manchester City with a trip to Molineux to face Wolves in the FA Cup. The Wanderers had a disappointing result of their own in midweek in losing at home to Crystal Palace, and are looking to bounce back too.
Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 at Molineux a couple of weeks ago, with Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk getting the goals. Wolves knocked the Reds out of the FA Cup the season before last with a 2-1 victory at Anfield, which was the first time the teams had met since the 2011-12 Premier League season, when Liverpool won both fixtures.
Nuno Santo is likely to ring the changes for this game, like he did in the League Cup earlier this season. Diogo Jota and Romain Saiss are both expected to be fit, which would leave Wolves with a fully-fit squad. Helder Costa will hope for a start after setting up both goals when the Wanderers won at Anfield in January 2017.
Jurgen Klopp could also make sweeping changes, in a bid to rest some legs after Thursday’s whirlwind encounter with Manchester City. The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana will hope for some decent game time, after being restricted to the substitutes bench for the majority of the campaign.
Wolves v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
The result of this game could depend on which team decides to make the most changes. Liverpool’s first team proved two weeks ago that they’re better than Wolves’ first team. The Reds’ second string would also likely beat the Wanderers’ second string. But if Nuno doesn’t rotate as many players as Klopp, the hosts will have a greater chance of an FA Cup upset.
Wolves were outclassed by Liverpool in the recent league meeting. There’s no shame in that considering the Reds’ form this season, but the Wanderers have impressed in all of their other games against members of the Premier League’s big six. They’ve beaten Chelsea and Tottenham in December, and drawn against Arsenal and both Manchester clubs on their return to the top flight.
Nuno’s named a settled side all season, and if he doesn’t ring the changes, Wolves could be decent value at 7/2 for the win. If he does, Liverpool are the obvious favourites at 10/11. Klopp will expect a reaction from his players after the Reds lost their first Premier League game of the season against City, seeing a chance to move 10 points clear at the top of the table pass them by. With dented morale, a draw and subsequent replay could be on the cards, which is 14/5 in the betting.
Liverpool to win 2-1 at 35/4
If Klopp rests Van Dijk like he did in the League Cup, Wolves will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet. Liverpool should have too much going forward though, in spite of any changes to personnel.
Daniel Sturridge to score first at 23/5
One of the players likely to come into the visitors’ line-up is Sturridge, who’s always under pressure to perform when he gets a chance. If he doesn’t, he knows his playing time will be limited even further, so he’ll be desperate to get off to a good start.