Liverpool will try to get back on track when they host Wolves in an English Premier League game at Anfield on Sept. 24th. Both teams had mid-week matches in the Carling Cup with Liverpool hanging on to beat Brighton 2-1 away while Wolves hammered Millwall 5-0 at home. Liverpool sits eighth in the league with two wins, a draw and two losses for seven points and Wolves have an identical record, but are 10th in the table due to goal difference.
Liverpool received a huge boost this week when captain Steven Gerrard returned to the squad after being out since the end of last season with a groin problem and defender Martin Kelly also returned. The team has the talent to compete with the league’s big boys with the likes of Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt, Glen Johnson, Stewart Downing, and Charlie Adam.
However, they struggle to score goals for some reason, mainly due to their shooting accuracy. They’ll have to play this game without midfielder Charlie Adam and defender Martin Skrtel as they’re suspended. Glen Johnson will likely be missing due to injury and Daniel Agger joins him on the sidelines.
In their last four meetings, Liverpool has won two, lost one and drawn one against Wolves, including a 3-0 whitewashing the last time out. Liverpool has won and drawn at home so far in two league games, scoring four goals and allowing two in a draw against Sunderland and a win over Bolton.
They’ve lost their past two league games though and always have trouble with the league’s mediocre teams, which is what Wolves are. They’ve only lost one of their past 14 matches at Anfield though, but their last loss there was against Wolves at the end of last year.
Wolves got off to a fast start, but are quickly falling back to earth and their 3-0 loss at home to newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers was an embarrassment for manager Mick McCarthy. It was also their second loss in a row at home. They’re unbeaten on the road though with a win and a draw, but haven’t scored a goal in their past three league games. Wolves will be without Steven Fletcher, but Kevin Foley and Roger Johnson should be in the squad.
The way both teams are playing this could be a close, low-scoring affair. Liverpool should have enough skill to come out on top by a goal though. But it could be a bit of a struggle for them.
Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Liverpool win at 2/5 and a Wolves win at 7/1. A draw is listed at 7/2.