EPL Betting Preview: Liverpool vs. Wolves – January 23, 2020

by Boris Angelov | January 21, 2020 |

Inspired by their 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday, Liverpool travel to Wolverhampton on Thursday, 23 January 2020, when the home side enter in a period where they'll play four of the upcoming five games in all competitions at their Molineux Stadium. 

Wolves returned to the top six following a magnificent comeback to win at in-form Southampton on Saturday. Thus Nuno Espirito Santo's side ended a run of five games without a win across all competitions, starting with their 1-0 defeat at Anfield on 29 December. 

Jurgen Klopp's side sit comfortably top of the Premier League table, having won 13 consecutive Premier League matches and collecting 64 points possible out of 66 available in 22 league games this season. Besides, in addition to their 16-point lead over defending champions Manchester City, Liverpool have a game in hand and they could increase the gap should they beat Wolves here and West Ham United next Wednesday. 

Liverpool have wrapped up a memorable 2019 with a narrow victory over Wolves at Anfield less than a month ago. Sadio Mane scored the only goal in that game, which was Liverpool's sixth successive Premier League win over Wolves since a 1-0 home loss in December 2010. 

All in all, Wolves have won two of their last five matches against the Merseyside Reds in all competitions, though they both came in the FA Cup. One of them came twelve months ago, in early-January 2019, when Wolves beat Liverpool 2-1 in last season's FA Cup. 

Wolves Betting Preview 

Nuno Espirito Santo's men have once again proven their ‘bouncebackability', picking up 18 points from losing positions in the ongoing Premier League campaign, seven more than any other side. 

Indeed, Wolves have conceded the first goal in a league-high 16 different Premier League games this season, including each of the last seven in a row. They have shown what a strong mentality they really have as a unit and Nuno Espirito Santo has proved himself as one of the best motivators in the English top-flight. 

Pedro Neto, who brought Wolves back on their way on Saturday, has scored two times in his last three Premier League matches after failing to find the back of the net in any of his 13 before that. The Portuguese teenager also scored at Anfield when both sides met at Anfield last month but his goal has been disallowed. 

Raul Jimenez has ended his goal drought by scoring twice against Southampton and the Mexican now has 10 goals and six assists in 23 league appearances for the West Midlands outfit. His last goal was for the 3-2 home win over Manchester City last month. 

Nuno Espirito Santo will likely name an unchanged starting XI to the side he named at St Mary's Stadium in the weekend. 

Willy Boly and Ruben Vinagre are both ruled out for the home side, while Diogo Jota is close to a return, but Pedro Neto should keep his starting spot after a few strong performances over the past weeks.

Even though Pedro Neto and Raul Jimenez were the two goalscorers at Southampton, Adama Traore was the one who made a real difference with his two assists and most importantly – his overall contribution to Wolves' attacking ability. His pace will be a real challenge even for Liverpool's defense. 

Liverpool Betting Preview 

Liverpool extended their unbeaten streak, collecting 91 points from the last 93 available to them in the Premier League (30 wins and 1 draw). They remain unbeaten in 39 Premier League matches (34 wins and 5 draws) – since a 2-1 loss at Manchester City on 3 January 2019. 

The Reds seem to get even closer to a first league title in 30 years by beating rivals Manchester United at Anfield and to make it more spectacular, Jurgen Klopp's men have not conceded in their last seven league games. That has happened for the first time since a run of seven consecutive clean sheets (5 wins and 2 draws) between November and December 2006. 

Moreover, the Merseysiders became the first club since Arsenal in their triumphant 2001-02 campaign to score in their first 22 Premier League games of the season. Arsene Wengere's men went on to score in every game. 

Since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Trent Alexander-Arnold has more Premier League assists than any other player (21), while Alisson became the first Liverpool goalkeeper to assist a Premier League goal since 28 March 2010, when Pepe Reina assisted to Fernando Torres against Sunderland.

Winter signing Takumi Minamino awaits his Premier League debut but it's more reasonable to expect him into the starting lineup for the FA Cup clash against Shrewsbury Town this weekend, when Jurgen Klopp will likely field the same squad that beat Everton a few weeks ago. 

Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and Naby Keita won't be available for the Reds, while Dejan Lovren's condition will be assessed. 

Meanwhile, Joel Matip and Fabinho were on the bench against Manchester United and whereas the latter came on to replace Sadio Mane in the closing part of the game, Matip will hope to make his first appearance since the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on 20 October. However, we highly doubt that Jurgen Klopp is willing to rotate his center-back pairing when the back four seems to be really stable right now. 

Possible Starting Lineups of Wolves and Liverpool 

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Rui Patricio – Romain Saiss, Conor Coady, Leander Dendoncker – Matt Doherty, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Jonny Otto – Pedro Neto, Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore. (3-4-3) 

Liverpool: Alisson – Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold – Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah. (4-3-3) 

Betting Prediction 

It's not wise to bet against Liverpool's form but let's be honest, Wolves are one of the sides who are capable to challenge the big names, especially on home soil, and they have the potential to end Liverpool's defensive brilliance. That's why we recommend Both teams to score – Yes. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Both teams to score – Yes -125 @ BetOnline for 7/10 Units

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