Wolves (8-10-5) vs Liverpool (21-1-0)
Premier League: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm ET (Molineux Stadium)
Line and Odds: Wolves +490/Liverpool -148 — Over -107; Under -102
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Invincible Liverpool travel to the Molineux
Wolves host Liverpool on Thursday in Matchday 24 of the Premier League. The visitors are still unbeaten in the league this term and few would bet against them finishing the season itself that way. The Reds have steamrolled oppositions left, right and centre, but will face a slightly harder task at the Molineux, a stadium that has unsettled oppositions, and Wolves, a team that, on its day, can force teams to push beyond their limits to win all three points.
As far as recent form is concerned, home team boss, Nuno Espirito Santo will hope their most recent result, a 3-2 comeback victory at Southampton, influences the team more than the ones preceding it. Before the match against the Saints, Wolves were winless in four matches. The streak was set off by a 2-1 loss to Watford and a 1-1 draw with Newcastle in the league, with a goalless stalemate at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup sandwiched in between. This was followed by a 1-0 loss to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side in the Replay fixture. However, the hosts for this game returned to winning ways through a determined performance against Southampton and will hope to trouble this seemingly unstoppable Liverpool side. Added motivation will come from the fact that avoiding a home loss will push them upto fifth place in the league table.
Jurgen Klopp‘s men come into this match in the best form possible, with five wins in their last five matches. Liverpool ground out a 1-0 victory over today’s opponents, before defeating Sheffield United 2-0, both at Anfield. Klopp then fielded a youthful and inexperienced side in the FA Cup against Everton. The youngsters repayed his faith and delivered a 1-0 victory in the Merseyside derby. The Reds then defeated Tottenham 1-0 before completing a routine 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the weekend. Liverpool look a phenomenal side and are showing no signs of slowing down. A victory and three points in the bag seem a mere regulation for Klopp’s men at the moment.
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Liverpool edged the previous contest at Anfield in late December thanks to a first-half Sadio Mane strike. Both sides were hardly prolific in front of goal, managing only five shots on target combined. Wolves did manage to put the ball in the back of the net at the end of the first half after Pedro Neto swept in Jonny’s pass, but the latter was deemed to be offside in the build-up and the goal was disallowed. The visitors worked hard, but the league leaders held on to take their unbeaten run at home to an extraordinary 50 matches.
Adama Traore has shown time and again this season that he has the potential to knock teams of their perch. Wolves will require something special if they are to take points off Liverpool and the 23-year old has the potential to conjure something up, be it with his tremendous physique, lightning-quick feet or powerful shots on goal. The Reds attack a lot through the full-backs which means they will be susceptible to counter attacks. Traore can provide Wolves with that burst of pace in the final third, which can make the difference in what promises to be a tough battle.
Conor Coady will be the other key player for Wolves. The centre-back has displayed composure, defensive capability and leadership this season and is an important presence in this side. Coady and his side will be up against arguably the best attacking trio when they face Liverpool and will be bombarded with attacking moves. If the 26-year old can put in a solid shift and marshal his troops well, a surprise may very well be on the cards.
Mohammed Salah is slowly but surely carving his name into Liverpool history. The Egyptian winger has been phenomenal in recent weeks and has provided the Reds with some much needed impetus to close out games – Watford, Salzburg and most recently, Manchester United have all bore the brunt of his exploits in this respect. Salah looks confident and every bit the goalscorer and he will be expected to be heavily involved in front of goal on Thursday.
Joe Gomez has steadily improved in the last few weeks. Drafted into the team due to injuries to Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, the Englishman has grabbed the opportunity with both hands and has formed a brilliant partnership alongside Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defense. Gomez has helped Liverpool to seven consecutive clean sheets. Wolves possess a quality attack that will test the 22-year old, but if there is anything one can take from Gomez’s recent performances, it is that he is more than capable of handling such forward lines.
Diogo Jota is close to a return after a calf injury that has seen him miss the last few weeks of action, but the Portuguese forward is unlikely to be risked for this match. Willy Boly and Ruben Vinagre will also miss the match due to injury problems.
Predicted Line-up: Patricio; Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Doherty; Traore, Jimenez, Neto.
James Milner, Naby Keita and Nathaniel Clyne are all sidelined due to injury for the Reds. However, Dejan Lovren and Xerdan Shaqiri might be fit just in time for this match, though nothing concrete is known as yet.
Predicted Line-up: Alisson; Robertson, Gomez, van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Firmino, Salah.