Wolverhampton Wanderers will face Premier League leaders Liverpool in the FA Cup third round on Monday, as both club’s look to go far in this season’s competition.
The Reds will go into this match off the back of a narrow defeat against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, with Wolves also heading into the fixture following a defeat, losing 2-0 at home to Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.
Last season, Liverpool suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round, in a match that is remembered for its interesting introduction of VAR in English football.
On the other hand, Wolves failed to progress beyond the third round, losing to Swansea City 2-1 in a replay after the first match finished 0-0. Interestingly, both Liverpool and Wolves were knocked out of the competition last season by teams who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the campaign.
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When is Wolves vs Liverpool
Competition: FA Cup
Date: Monday, 7th January
Kick-off: 19:45 PM GMT
Liverpool head into this having finally lost their unbeaten record in the Premier League, losing 2-1 at the Etihad against title rivals Manchester City. A superbly crafted goal finished by Roberto Firmino wasn’t enough to secure any points with two excellent strikes from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane securing the win for the Citizens.
Although morale may be a little lower compared to if they had picked up something from the fixture, Liverpool will still be looking at the FA Cup as a chance to redeem themselves and an opportunity for perhaps a few squad players to step up and showcase themselves to Jurgen Klopp as the club head into the business end of the campaign.
For Wolves, their defeat to Crystal Palace was quite a poor one by their standards. They looked slow, uninventive and generally lacked any real intent throughout the 90 minutes. They have also only won two home matches in their last seven attempts so hosting the fixture shouldn’t really offer them too much of an advantage.
However, their recent record against teams in the top-six is pretty impressive, with Nuno Espírito Santo’s side picking up three points against the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks.
Where can I watch live?
Wolves vs Liverpool will be broadcast live in the UK on BBC’s Match of the Day with the programme starting at 19:30 PM GMT.
Will Jurgen Klopp make big changes from the City match?
Following the City match, Klopp will more than likely still prioritise both the Premier League and the Champions League over any potential FA Cup success.
The Reds have won the competition a massive seven times throughout their history – most recently in the 2005/06 season – and will use this fixture as a chance to offer some squad players minutes, with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane likely to be rested for future matches.
That isn’t to say that they won’t make an appearance but Klopp will most likely opt to play the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri in their place.
Sturridge and Origi have only played 336 minutes of Premier League football this season with both struggling to make any real impact on the Liverpool starting line-up since their return from loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg respectively.
Shaqiri has impressed since his arrival from Stoke City in the summer, scoring key goals including a vital double in the Merseyside club’s 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Manchester United last month.
Elsewhere, expect to see the likes of Fabinho and Adam Lallana to appear in the Reds midfield, with the former establishing himself in the starting eleven more of late.
Towards the back, Alberto Moreno may slot in the left side of defence following his demotion to second-choice left-back due to the emergence of Scottish wonder Andrew Robertson.
We might even be in for a surprise start from Simon Mignolet if Klopp decides to rest Brazilian Alisson.
Could Wolves cause a shock against the league leaders?
With Liverpool arguably balancing both eyes on the Premier League and Champions League titles, could this be a big chance for Wolves to cause a mini-shock in the third round of the competition against one of the favourites?
What with Wolves doing so well in the Premier League, it wouldn’t be that hard to believe that the newly promoted side could go on and do well in this year’s FA Cup.
The Midlands club have the sixth best defensive record in the Premier League so far this season and will look to ensure they are organised at the back before concentrating on their attacking intent.
That isn’t to say that they will offer little up the other end of the pitch. Raúl Jiménez will look to build upon his six goals scored this season, with three of those coming in the last seven matches.
The pace of both Ivan Cavaleiro and Adama Traore is enough to cause any defence to think twice, with Traore perhaps in with a chance to start from the off rather than take his usual place on the Wolves bench.
Wolves are unlikely to tinker too much and will surely keep their usual proven players keeping shape at the back with Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett, Willy Boly and goalkeeper Rui Patricio likely to retain their place in the line-up.
This weekend’s game will be the 102nd time Wolves and Liverpool have gone head-to-head, with the two clubs playing each other just twice since their 2012 clash which saw Liverpool triumph 3-0 at Wolves thanks to goals from Andy Carroll, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt.
Wolves have won more games in this fixture (50) than the Reds (35) in their history, with the sides drawing just 17 times. The last clash between the two sides was last month when Liverpool won 2-0 at Wolves to help build upon their Premier League title chase.
Wolves wins: 50 Draws: 17 Liverpool wins: 35
Jurgen Klopp is still without centre-half pair Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, who are both expected to be out of contention until at least later this month with leg and collarbone injuries respectively.
Wolves should have almost every player available for selection on Monday evening with Traore and Diogo Jota returning to action against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Predicted Wolves XI: Patricio; Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Vinagre; Moutinho, Neves; Costa, Jiminez, Cavaleiro.
Predicted Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Moreno; Fabinho, Lallana, Keita; Shaqiri, Origi, Sturridge.
Wolves vs Liverpool betting tips from FansBet
Liverpool might be headlining the Premier League Champions conversation, however, a different competition in the FA Cup 3rd round and away to Wolves will bring challenges for Jurgen Klopp’s squad. Wolves showed they can compete with the top teams following their recent away win over Spurs and their manager will view this as another opportunity to make a statement that they belong in the top flight. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the Monday night game and don’t forget to look at our enhanced odds for the tie.
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