Liverpool host Wolverhampton Wanders in a special end of year Super Sunday from Anfield. The hosts are now odds on favourites to end their agonising wait for a Premier League title and fans are beginning to believe, with the passing of each win, that this will be their year. Nothing has been achieved yet, of course, the reds must continue to pick up points. Will Wolves throw a spanner in the works and knock their opponents title charge off-course? Stranger things have happened in the world of sport this year, that much is true, but few are tipping the visitors to leave with three Premier League points safely tucked away in their luggage, least of all sports traders. The current betting on this match has Wolves as outsiders for the win.
Liverpool are favourites, as was expected, those looking to support the pace setters able to get their hands on no more than 39/20 when betting at Marathonbet. The draw is there to be shot at, 6/1 offers Betfred. It’s easy to get caught up in the romance of festive football and we could all use a big price like 17/1 at Betfair on Wolves to win, but that quote shouldn’t attract too much attention.
Liverpool Winning Ugly Is Beautiful To Watch
Liverpool have barely put a foot out of place during this Premier League campaign. They went into the season on a high following last term’s Champions League final win over Tottenham, having finished runners up in the same competition behind Real Madrid 12 months ago. Boss Jurgen Klopp knew exactly what he had to do to target a league title and he set about plugging the leaks in his defense during the summer months. Liverpool are now conceding fewer goals while turning draws into wins. They have discovered the art of winning ugly and it has been beautiful to watch.
We saw a great example of that when they churned out a 2-1 home win over Brighton at the end of November. Defender van Dijk netted a double that day to put his side in cruise control, but Dunk cut the difference, forcing a nervy finish. There’s an argument to say that’s a game the reds would have dropped two points from last season, but they were determined enough and organised enough to get across the line, bagging the spoils. Liverpool then dished out a stunning 5-2 defeat to bitter rivals Everton at Anfield to get December off to a flyer.
Wolves Won’t Be Handing Out Any Christmas Favours
All the talk in the run up to this match has focussed on Liverpool. How many goals will they score, how many points will they lead the Premier League by going into 2020? Who will score the first goal of this game? That may stick in the throats of Wolves supporters, but it has been a blessing in disguise for the team as they have been allowed to prepare free from the distractions of the sporting press. They have nothing to lose here and can go to Anfield and relax. One thing worth remembering about Wolves, they are always dangerous, especially when they have been written off.
The visitors are performing above expectations again this season and are in with a shout of security a top half finish, perhaps even another Europa League slot. That’s incredible as, looking back, we remember the team couldn’t buy a win earlier in the season. It was said the players and coaching staff couldn’t handle the pressures of fighting on two fronts, in the Premier League and Europa League, playing Thursday and Sunday often. It did take some getting used to, but Wolves have now found their feet, have confidence and will arrive at Anfield determined to meet their hosts head on, roll up their sleeves and do battle for the points.
Reds Win To Nil Looks Worthwhile
These sides met three times last season on league and FA Cup duty. That run started with a convincing 2-0 away win for Liverpool just before Christmas 2018, Salah and van Dijk on the scoresheet. Wolves then fired back with a surprise 2-1 FA Cup win a few weeks later, before Liverpool chalked up another 2-0 win at Anfield in May. Mane netted a double that day to set his employers on-course for the points.
Sticking with the stats and it’s very interesting to note that Liverpool have beaten Wolves to nil in three of their last five matches, a 3-0 win followed by a couple of 2-0 victories. Home fans would love to see something similar here. In the three most recent clashes, there have been goals for Sadio Mane x2, Divock Origi, Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk. The latter has also been in scoring form of late and could appear in a few anytime scorer bets.
- Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 home and away last season
- Wolves secured an upset win over the reds in the FA Cup in January
- Sadio Mane netted a double when the pair last met
- Three of the last five has seen one team fail to find the net
- Five of seven games involving Liverpool and Wolves have produced three or more goals