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STAR PREVIEW: Wolves v Liverpool

Premier League fans have had a real treat over the past two days, and some might say the best has been saved for last from this midweek bonanza as Wolves host Liverpool tonight. Liverpool come here on yet another high, with their 2-0 victory against Manchester United meaning they’ve won an extraordinary 21 of 22 Premier League matches so far this season. Goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah gave them a hard fought victory over their fiercest rivals, but the game should have been over long before Salah sprinted clear in added time.

Roberto Firmino had a goal contentiously ruled out by the video assistant referee for Van Dijk’s challenge on David de Gea in the build-up, Georginio Wijnaldum had a goal ruled out for offside, and Mo Salah missed an open goal from six yards, and it’s not an overstatement to say that Liverpool could, or perhaps should have been 3 or 4-0 up before the 70th minute.

Wolves v Liverpool
Premier League
Kick Off: 20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate

(Maximum 10 matches, Since 2010)
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-0 Wolves
MAY 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 Wolves
JAN 2019 FA CUP Wolves 2-1 Liverpool
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 0-2 Liverpool
JAN 2017 FA CUP Liverpool 1-2 Wolves
JAN 2012 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 0-3 Liverpool
SEP 2011 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-1 Wolves
JAN 2011 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 0-3 Liverpool
DEC 2010 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 0-1 Wolves
JAN 2010 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 0-0 Liverpool

We know all about the might of Liverpool, and we also know all about the achievements of Wolves, who are one of four or five teams that are realistically in the running for a top four place (they are six points behind Chelsea, in sixth place).

They’ve had the longest season of any side in the Premier League, and there were fears it was beginning to show after a five game winless streak since beating Manchester City 3-2 in December. However, Nuno’s side can never been counted out and their brilliant recover from 2-0 down against Southampton at the weekend showed exactly why they’ve come so far over the past few years.

Adama Traore’s sheer presence, strength and lighting pace helped create two goals and a Raul Jimenez double eventually gave them all three points, making it 18 points picked up losing positions in the Premier League this season, seven more than any other side.

That tells us much about the resilience and quality of Wolves, and it’s worth once again repeating their record against the ‘Big Six’. Since winning promotion, Wolves have recorded wins against City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United in the league, whilst also knocking Liverpool and Manchester United out of the FA Cup. Only City and Liverpool have registered more Premier League points against the established top six than Wolves (20) since August 2018.

Liverpool have bucked that trend in recent weeks – they beat Wolves 2-0 at Molineux last season, and 1-0 at Anfield in December just five weeks ago – but Wolves made them work incredibly hard for that win in the reverse fixture.

There was a lengthy VAR review for Sadio Mane’s decisive goal and Wolves then had a goal disallowed by VAR for an incredibly marginal offside against Jonny (his to was offside) after Pedro Neto put Wolves offside and Diogo Jota missed two big chances in the second half to boot.

Infact, Wolves drew the shot count 10-10, had more corners, and only lost the shots on target count 3-2 – a level most couldn’t hope to reach at Anfield – and they would have deserved a point with any better luck. 4/6 on Liverpool will tempt many backers, but this is one of the hardest fixtures they have left and a small bet on the draw makes appeal.

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