Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool Betting Tips & Predictions – Monday 7th January 2019

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool square off in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup at Molineux on Monday evening. These two last met in this competition during the 2016/17 season, with Wolves securing a shock 2-1 win at Anfield. With the Reds flying high at the top of the Premier League table at present, Jurgen Klopp’s men are the clear favourites in this one and will hope to continue their press for trophies on three fronts.

Wolves have had a fine season in the top flight up until now, and Nuno Espirito Santo and his side would love a decent run in the FA Cup this season, with some viewing them as potential dark horses to go all the way. Wanderers have had a number of good results against the big boys this term, and they will no doubt make themselves hard to beat at Molineux on Monday. If they can get past the league leaders their odds in the outright betting will really tumble but can they cause an upset in this tough fixture?

Top Tips

Liverpool to Win to Nil @ 11/5

Liverpool to Win 2-0 @ 15/2

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Wolves News: Wanderers Making an Impact in the Top Flight

Billy Wright Stand at Wolverhampton Wanderers' Molineux Stadium
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After gaining promotion from the EFL Championship last term, Wolves have enjoyed a good first half to their Premier League season. Santo’s troops have won eight, drawn five and lost eight of their 21 games, sitting in ninth place on a very respectable 29 points. The Midlands outfit have been in good form of late, winning four of their last seven in the Premier League. However, last time out, Wolves fell to a disappointing and surprising 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

Wanderers Need to Sharpen Up at Molineux

On their way to the Championship title last season, Molineux was a fortress, as Wolves picked up an impressive 16 wins from 23 home fixtures. However, they have won only four times at Molineux in the Premier League this term. Santo’s side have struggled on their own patch in recent months, losing five of their last seven Premier League home fixtures. Before losing to Palace last Wednesday, Wolves lost their previous home game to Liverpool. That said, they have beaten Chelsea at home and also earned respectable draws there against Everton and Man City.

Liverpool News: Merseysiders in Red-hot Form

Red Seating at Anfield Football Stadium
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On Thursday night in the Premier League, Liverpool traveled to Manchester City for a blockbuster clash at the top. Ahead of that trip to the Etihad Stadium, the Reds have won each of their last nine in the league. In fact, since Liverpool and City drew 0-0 at Anfield back in October, the club had dropped just two points from the last 36 on the table. With Man City slipping up in recent weeks, the Merseyside outfit had gone seven points clear of the Citizens at the top prior to their meeting. City managed to close the gap to four points with a 2-1 victory in the end but Liverpool will still fancy their chances here.

Reds Lose Unbeaten Run in the League

Liverpool were the only side in all four divisions in England yet to lose a single league game this season. Klopp’s side had won eight and drawn two of their 10 away matches while they have won nine and drawn one of 10 at Anfield in the Premier League. That run came to an end against Manchester City at the Etihad as they fell to a 2-1 defeat. The Reds are also into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. Liverpool will take some stopping in all competitions this season. Despite making a number of finals, Klopp has yet to win a trophy at Liverpool. Will this be his year and might the Reds claim more than one piece of silverware this term?

Can Liverpool Win the FA Cup?

Liverpool’s main focus this season will be on winning their first ever Premier League title. However, the Reds have a very talented squad of players, who are more than capable of challenging in all competitions this season. The Reds have not won the FA Cup since beating West Ham United on penalties in a thrilling final in Cardiff back in 2006. Overall, Liverpool have won seven FA Cups, but only two of those triumphs have come this century. It’s about time that this famous club added another FA Cup to its glittering trophy cabinet.

Reds Have Depth to Rotate

Liverpool are a slight disadvantage coming into this fixture after such a huge game against City. Moreover, with the clash at the Etihad taking place on Thursday evening, they also have less recovery time than Wolves. However, over the past few years Klopp has invested heavily in new players whilst also bringing some excellent youngsters through. That means the Kop outfit now have superb strength in depth and the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Adam Lallana and perhaps even Rafa Camacho could play on Monday night.

Analysis: Reds into Round Four

Wolves have not been at their best at Molineux this season, winning just two of their last seven on their own patch. Wanderers had an indifferent festive period, winning only one of their four league fixtures. However, that sole victory was a special one, beating in-form Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley Stadium last weekend. Wolves may have beaten the likes of Chelsea and Spurs this term, but we can see Liverpool easing to a win at Molineux in the FA Cup on Monday, such is their confidence and form right now.

Clean Sheet for the Away Side

Liverpool have been incredibly strong at the back in the Premier League this season, shipping just eight times in 20 games ahead of Thursday’s clash in Manchester. The Reds have won to nil on a staggering 13 occasions across all competitions this season. The visitors are priced at 11/5 to win without conceding again on Monday and that looks cracking value, even with changes to personnel likely.

Another Comfortable Win at Molineux

Liverpool have kept clean sheets in each of their last four visits to Wolves. When these two met at Molineux just before Christmas, Liverpool cruised to a 2-0 win. For a repeat scoreline on Monday, check out the tempting odds of 15/2.

Shaqiri on the Scoresheet Again

Xherdan Shaqiri has made a real impact at Anfield since arriving in a £13m deal from Stoke City last summer. The Switzerland international has scored six Premier League goals for the Reds, with four of those coming in his last five appearances. Back Shaqiri, a likely starter, to score anytime at Molineux at 9/4.

Recent Matches

Liverpool have enjoyed plenty of success over Wolves in recent times, winning four of the last five meetings. However, in the last FA Cup fixture between the two, Wolves shocked the Reds with a 2-1 win at Anfield in January 2017. Wolves’ last victory over Liverpool at Molineux came way back in 1981, though.

21st December 2018: Wolves 0 – 2 Liverpool

Liverpool ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at Molineux in a Premier League fixture just a couple of weeks back and that result is sure to still be in the minds of both sets of players. Mohamed Salah’s smart finish sent the Reds on their way to three points after just 18 minutes. The influential Virgil van Dijk then doubled Liverpool’s advantage in the 68th minute, although there has to be a chance neither goalscorer will start here.

28th January 2017: Liverpool 1 – 2 Wolves

Klopp could only apologies come full-time as his side suffered a shock exit in the FA Cup at the hands of Wolves. Richard Stearman gave the Championship outfit the perfect start, heading home completely unmarked just 53 seconds in. Andreas Weimann then netted another leaving Liverpool in need of rescue job. The Merseysiders failed to rally however and could only find a response when there was too little time remaining.

31st January 2012: Wolves 0 – 3 Liverpool

A year after beating Wolves 3-0 at their own place, Liverpool did the same again, despite the absence of Luis Suarez who was serving the final match of his eight game suspension. Andy Carroll opened the scoring and Craig Bellamy was on hand to add a second. Dirk Kuyt completed the rout and in doing so became the fifth Liverpool player to amass 50 Premier League goals for the club.

24th September 2011: Liverpool 2 – 1 Wolves

Charlie Adam opened the scoring in fortuitous circumstances here as his shot deflected off the head of Roger Johnson and into the net. There was no luck about the second goal however with Suarez expertly firing home after Jose Enrique’s long pass. Wolves attempted desperately to get back into the match and were handed a lifeline when Steven Fletcher pulled one back. The visitors continued to press but Liverpool held on to grab all three points.

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