In the Premier League match on Saturday, Liverpool will once again travel to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers after defeating their West Midlands counterparts in the FA Cup.
Wolves’ trip to face champion Man City at the Etihad Stadium followed the script to a tee as Julen Lopetegui’s team returned to base after being carved open by the rejuvenated Norwegian, becoming the latest victims of an Erling Braut Haaland hat trick.
It took Haaland 40 minutes to score the game’s first goal. Early in the second half, he scored his fourth treble of the season by converting a penalty and then tapping in to complete the scoring with 54 minutes left.
The three-goal defeat ended their two-game unbeaten streak in the top flight, and Wolves are still just above the dotted line in 17th place despite having 17 points and only being one goal difference away from Bournemouth.
Although their most recent Premier League home match ended in a crucial 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers West Ham United, which ended a run of four consecutive defeats at Molineux, their run of just one win from their last seven matches in all competitions is not one that will inspire confidence.
As Chiquinho, Pedro Neto, Boubacar Traore, and Sasa Kalajdzic continue their respective rehabilitations, Wolves should only be working without their four long-term absentees this week.
As a result, Lopetegui ought to not be afraid to make a few changes, especially considering that he changed his entire front line at halftime against Man City, with Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, and Hwang Hee-chan all playing less than 45 minutes.
Matheus Cunha can therefore expect a recall, and Pablo Sarabia, a fellow newcomer who made his debut in that defeat off the bench, will be competing for a full debut alongside Joao Gomes, who has previously stated that he wants to play for Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Ibrahima Konate is reportedly facing a three-week layoff due to a hamstring injury he sustained against Brighton in the FA Cup. The situation with Liverpool’s injuries is getting worse.
Along with Virgil van Dijk, Arthur, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, and Roberto Firmino, Konate occupies a bed in the crowded treatment room. Fabio Carvalho (unknown) and Nat Phillips (illness) will both require evaluation.
According to reports, Konate’s injury prevented Phillips from leaving on deadline day. As a result, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez will play together at the back for the time being, and Darwin Nunez will likely return to the front line after a brief stint as a substitute.
Although Liverpool’s recent record at Molineux and their FA Cup victory over Wolves speak for themselves, Klopp’s injury-plagued and low-confidence team cannot be considered the underdogs for Saturday’s match.
Despite the hosts’ own goal-shy tendencies, which could result in a relatively uneventful game, Lopetegui’s team could earn a hard-earned point after giving Liverpool a run for their money twice in 2023.
When making a prediction for Wolverhampton vs. Liverpool, it’s worth looking at previous matches. This year, the teams have already managed to meet twice. The contests took place in the 1/32 finals of the FA Cup, and Liverpool prevailed at the second attempt (2:2, 1:0). It is important to note that Wolverhampton finished with zero points in three of their last five games.
• In the previous five meetings, Wolverhampton Wanderers have lost zero games, while Liverpool FC has drawn four.
• In meetings between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC, the average number of goals scored in the first half is 1.2.
• Did you know that between minutes 31 and 45, Liverpool FC scores 26% of its goals?
• Wolverhampton Wanderers win 81% of their home games when they lead 1-0.
• Liverpool FC wins 31% of their games when they are down 1-0 away.
• In the Premier League, neither team has won its previous match.
• In matches between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC, the average number of goals scored is 2.2.
Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Nunes, Neves, Lemina; Traore, Cunha, Podence
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Matip, Robertson; Thiago, Bajcetic, Elliott; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo
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