Seventh-placed Liverpool entertain 15th-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield in a midweek Premier League game on Wednesday (March 1). In the reverse fixture in February, Wolves won 3-0 home, thanks to goals from Ruben Neves and Craig Dawson and an own goal from Joel Matip.
The Reds played out a goalless draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday, snapping their two-game winning run in the league. Wolves, meanwhile, are winless in their last two league outings and are coming off a 1-1 draw against Fulham last time around.
Both teams have endured identical results in their last six games across competitions, winning thrice and losing twice. Wolves were impressive in their 3-0 win at home against Liverpool in February but have not recorded a league double over the Reds in the Premier League era.
Liverpool have dominated proceedings against their southern rivals at home, losing twice this century. This will be their fourth game in 11 games, so fatigue could be a factor, but the hosts pack should eke out a narrow win.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This match will start from 1:30 am
This match will take place on 2 March 2023
Despite recovering from a shoulder injury in time to face Real Madrid, Darwin Nunez experienced a fresh bout of pain prior to the draw with Palace and could not take part at Selhurst Park, and it remains to be seen if the striker’s problem will settle down in time for Wednesday.
Thiago Alcantara, Calvin Ramsay, Luis Diaz and Joe Gomez are all expected to miss out too, but Ibrahima Konate has made a welcome return to full training and may now be considered for a recall over Matip, while Arthur Melo is also vying for his first Premier League minutes, having played the full 90 for the Under-21s at the weekend.
A complete midfield overhaul could see Fabinho, Stefan Bajcetic and Harvey Elliott come into contention for recalls, while a fit-again Roberto Firmino could also bring Cody Gakpo’s run in the first XI to an end.
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Bajcetic, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Jota
Sa; Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, Lemina, Nunes; Traore, Jimenez, Sarabia
We say: Liverpool 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
With Konate potentially returning to a Liverpool backline that is once again proving difficult to break down – for Premier League teams at least – the stage is set for Klopp’s side to revert to type at the Anfield fortress.
The Merseyside giants cannot expect to create a plethora of chances versus a dogged Wolves side, but one moment of magic from their difference-makers could prove telling, and there should be no repeat of the Molineux drubbing inflicted upon them a few weeks ago.
Tip 1: Result – Liverpool
Tip 2: Goals – Over/Under 2.5 Goals – Over 2.5
Tip 3: At least a goal to be scored in the first half – Yes
Tip 4: Mohamed Salah to score or assist any time – Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Liverpool win with a probability of 71.85%. A draw has a probability of 17.2% and a win for Wolverhampton Wanderers has a probability of 10.93%.
The most likely scoreline for a Liverpool win is 2-0 with a probability of 12.11%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 1-0 (10.45%) and 2-1 (9.46%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (8.17%), while for a Wolverhampton Wanderers win it is 0-1 (3.53%).
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