Wolves vs Liverpool: Two Premier League clubs battle it out looking to book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Wolves vs Liverpool match preview
Wolves have been frustratingly unpredictable since their return to the Premier League. They’ve beaten Tottenham and Chelsea and even held champions Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United to draws, but they’ve let themselves down in surprise defeats to the likes of Cardiff and Huddersfield.
But their form against the top-six sides shows they’re capable of beating anyone on their day and that’s largely down to their organisation at the back. Nuno’s backline has proven hard to breakdown, having conceded more than two goals just once this season – a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham.
However, they come up against a Liverpool side who have been in devastating form of late. They may have lost 2-1 to Man City last time out, but before that they were unbeaten in 14 domestic games (W11 D3) which included a run of nine straight Premier League wins.
The FA Cup will be low down on Jurgen Klopp’s list of priorities as the Reds look to go as far as possible in the Champions League and title race and the German is likely to rest a number of his key players.
But with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Xerdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita in line for a recall after being benched against City, you’d argue Liverpool’s second team remain big favourites to take down a rotated Wolves XI.
Wolves vs Liverpool team news
Wolves forward Diogo Jota has returned to first-team training after missing four games with a hamstring injury in what will be a welcome boost to boss Nuno.
The Portuguese, who scored two goals in three games before his setback, will be competing for a recall, while midfielder Romain Saiss is fit following a knee complaint.
Liverpool are expected to make changes from the defeat to Man City, with Klopp already confirming goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and left-back Alberto Moreno will return to his starting XI.
However, the Reds coach remains without defenders Joe Gomez (fractured leg) and Joel Matip (fractured collarbone).
Wolves vs Liverpool form
Last six competitive fixtures
Wolves vs Liverpool head-to-head
The two sides met in the fifth round of the FA Cup in January 2017 with then-manager Paul Lambert masterminding Wolves to a shock win at Anfield. But that stands as their only victory in their last six encounters, with Liverpool winning the other five.
The Reds’ most recent victory came at Molineux last month when they beat Wolves 2-0 in the Premier League.
Wolves vs Liverpool prediction
I can see a repeat of Liverpool’s win at Molineux earlier this season and you won’t find them at such tempting odds of 20/21 with Novibet many times this season.