EPL Betting Preview: Liverpool vs. Wolves – Sunday, May 12, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 10:00 AM
Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England.
Odds: Liverpool -345, Draw +420, Wolves +875 @ BetOnline
Only a couple of days after their unforgettable Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona, Liverpool will take on seventh-placed Wolves in the closing day of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign when Jurgen Klopp's men hope for a miracle in the title race which doesn't mean they don't have to do their homework at Anfield at the same time.
Although the Reds have already improved their Premier League points record a few weeks ago, unbelievably, they're lying just one point behind leaders Manchester City but Jurgen Klopp's men shouldn't lose hope. Their midweek Champions League feat was another great example of that important rule, though the Merseysiders don't hold their destiny in their own hands this time.
While they're clearly targeting a ninth successive Premier League victory, Liverpool must hope that Brighton will cause an upset when they take on Man City.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have 57 points which is the most by a promoted side in the Premier League since Ipswich Town won 66 points and finished fifth in 2000-01. Wolves will finish seventh regardless of the result here and Nuno Espírito Santo's men will even qualify for the UEFA Europa League if Man City beat Watford in the 2019 FA Cup Final later this month.
Head-to-Head Stats (H2H)
This will be the sixth time these two teams meet in the final match of a top-flight season, with Liverpool winning the previous five by an aggregate score of 12-4.
The Merseysiders won the reverse game 2-0 at the Molineux Stadium only a couple of days before Christmas, while Wolves triumphed 2-1 when both sides met once again after a few weeks for the FA Cup. It remains Liverpool's last domestic defeat.
However, Liverpool have won their last four Premier League encounters with Wolves, conceding just once and scoring 10 goals in the process.
Liverpool – Team News
Inspired by their brilliant midweek performance, Liverpool could remain unbeaten at Anfield in a top-flight season for the eighth time, as well as for the first time in back-to-back seasons since the triumphant 1978-79 and 1979-80 when they actually won the league.
This time, despite the remarkable Premier League campaign with just one single defeat in 37 rounds, Liverpool hopes that 17th Brighton will exceed themselves and the Seagulls will find the strength or just be lucky enough to spoil Manchester City's party.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the spirited left-back Andrew Robertson, skipper Jordan Henderson and top scorer Mohamed Salah could be in contention for the home side here, while Naby Keita, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino are sidelined.
Nevertheless, we don't believe that Jurgen Klopp will take any unnecessary risks with his players and the Liverpool boss won't rush them in the squad if they're not fully fit to start. The fact that Klopp left Mo Salah out of the group against Barcelona, although the Egyptian looked well, was another proof for Klopp's judgement and that he is not willing to risk his players even in season-deciding games.
Georginio Wijnaldum, who scored a brace after he came off the bench against Barcelona, could replace either captain Jordan Henderson or veteran James Milner in midfield, while the hero from the last two games Divock Origi will once again lead the line.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah is expected to be ready to return to the squad as the Premier League top scorer (22 goals in 37 games) should start at the expense of Xherdan Shaqiri.
Wolves – Team News
If they conquer Liverpool's fortress on Sunday, Wolves can become only the third Premier League club to finish lower than sixth while beating at least five of the top six sides, having already overcome the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Nuno Espírito Santo's side have already beat Liverpool in the FA Cup and have won a point against Man City in August, also avoiding defeats in their visits at Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United. This means that Wolves have lost just three (4 wins and 4 draws) of their games against the top-six sides so far.
Furthermore, the West Midlands outfit comes after three wins in a row, including a 3-1 home win over Arsenal a few weeks ago, and Nuno Espírito Santo has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday's challenge.
Possible Starting Lineups of Liverpool and Wolves
Liverpool: Alisson – Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold – Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson – Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Mohamed Salah. (4-3-3)
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Rui Patricio – Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett – Jonny Castro, Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Matt Doherty – Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez. (3-5-2)
Considering Wolves' positive balance against the well established top-six Premier League sides, Jurgen Klopp knows this won't really be a walk in the park even though the visitors have nothing to play for but pride.
No matter what happens in Brighton, The Reds will hope to put on a show in front of their supporters for the last match of the Premier League season, as they'll face Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final on 1 June.
Liverpool will be full of confidence but we don't believe Wolves will be content just to defend and they'll have their scoring chances as well. Thus we expect a high scoring game and we bet on Over 3 Goals.
Others may even place their bets on Liverpool to win the game and both teams to score. This seems to be a possible scenario and we won't be surprised if Liverpool wins either 2-1 or 3-1.