EPL game of the week: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool
Can anyone catch Liverpool in the English Premier League? The next challenge for the Reds is a match on the road against Wolverhampton on Thursday. The two teams last played Dec. 29 at Anfield, which was a 1-0 Liverpool victory. Will Wolves put the first number in the loss column for Liverpool this season?
Wolves desperately needs pointsWolverhampton is in sixth place on the EPL table but is tied on points with Manchester United, who it will face on the road next week. Wolves have gone 2-2-1 in their last five matches, but this match is the start of a tough four-match stretch—versus Liverpool, at Manchester United, versus Leicester City, and versus Espanyol (Europa League round of 32). They’re going to desperately need points against Liverpool, so they don’t lose ground on the teams battling for positioning in the table.
Wolves won last weekend against Southampton in a 3-2 thriller, but against Liverpool, they will have a really tough task. They haven’t beaten the Reds since they earned promotion back to the EPL in 2018. They haven’t even scored against Liverpool in those three matches. They’ll need Raul Jiménez, Adama Traoré, Diogo Jota, and Neto to produce. They’ve combined for 10 of Wolverhampton's 15 goals over the last 10 matches. Can they figure out a way to score on Liverpool’s defense?
Liverpool has been unbeatableLiverpool’s unbeaten streak is at 39 league matches. It is 16 points ahead of everyone in the EPL table with one game in hand. Its last loss was Jan. 3, 2019, against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Since Jan. 22, 2018, the Reds have only lost four league matches. They’ve done it with a defense that doesn’t seem to bend or break and a dynamic front three. Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and defender Virgil Van Dijk have combined for 16 of Liverpool’s 24 goals in the past 10 matches (all wins).
The Reds are on cruise control, but can Wolves pull the brakes on what seems like a Premier League celebration tour?
Prediction: Liverpool wins 3-0 (+1175)Liverpool has seven straight clean sheets and seems poised to continue that streak. Wolves is pretty outmatched, despite their place in the standings, and they’re going to find it difficult to crack the code of the Liverpool defense to get a goal. Liverpool will win easily.