Wolves vs Liverpool
Seventh-place Liverpool travels to Wolverhampton on Jan. 31 to take on Wolves in an important English Premier League clash for both teams. Wolves are having a brutal year like they usually do under the leadership of manager Mick McCarthy and sit in 19th place in the relegation zone in the league and are just three points out of the basement. They have just four wins on the season to go along with six draws and a dozen losses for a total of 18 points in 22 games. Liverpool has nine wins, eight draws and five losses for 35 points and are trying to overtake Newcastle, Arsenal, and Chelsea fourth place in the table and the lost Champions League berth for next season.
Liverpool has been playing well in the domestic cup competitions this season and have recently knocked Manchester City out of the Carling Cup in a two-legged affair and knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 home win on Saturday. However, they’ve been pretty mediocre in league play and it’s teams like Wolves who usually give them trouble. In fact, they’ve only earned six points in their last six league games, meaning they’ve dropped 12 points in those half dozen games. They drew Stoke at home in that period and lost 3-1 at Bolton in their last league contest, but have managed to take 16 out of 33 away points so far this season..
Captain Steven Gerrard returned to Liverpool a couple of weeks ago and has added some attacking flair, but the club still struggles to score goals, especially with striker Luis Suarez sitting out an eight-game suspension for racist comments. Andy Carroll hasn’t done much up front and at the moment Craig Bellamy is their top scorer with five goals. There have been rumours of a Carroll swap to Man City for Carlos Tevez, but it’s not likely and with Tevez’s poor attitude that’s a lucky break for Liverpool. Carroll has just two league goals so far, but manager Kenny Dalglish can take some blame for that by hardly playing him at all early in the season. Liverpool will likely be without Lucas Leiva and Jay Spearing for the game as they’re injured.
Wolves haven’t won anywhere in their last 10 games even though striker Steven Fletcher is banging in the goals at a steady rate with nine of them on the season. Matthew Jarvis is also been playing well and has set up four goals so far. Wolves will likely be without with Jody Craddock and Jamie O’Hara, while midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, who’s on loan at Wolves from Arsenal, could return to the squad along with Ronald Zubar. Karl Henry will miss the game with a suspension.
Odds and Predictions
Liverpool has just one win, two draws and two losses in their last five games while Wolverhampton are winless with three draws and two losses. It’d be hard to imagine Liverpool blowing this one since they already blew three points against Bolton in their last league game. Look for a close win for Liverpool.
Sportsbook William Hill’s latest odds show a Wolves win at 4/1 with a Liverpool victory at 3/4 and a draw at 12/5.