Relegation-fighting Wolverhampton Wanderers and subdued Liverpool face each other in a potentially season-defining Premier League contest for both sides on Saturday.
New Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui has got his tenure off to a sluggish start despite launching his career at Molineux Stadium with back-to-back wins over Gillingham and Everton.
Playing seven matches in only 23 days seemingly took its toll, as the Wanderers registered just one victory in that period (D2, L4), including a disappointing FA Cup elimination to Liverpool.
Following a 2-2 draw at Anfield in the original leg, Wolves fell to a heartbreaking 1-0 loss at home in a reply before slumping to a woeful 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last time out.
That result leaves Wolverhampton entrenched in the relegation scrap, level on points with 18th-placed Bournemouth at the beginning of this round.
Harvey Elliott’s winning strike at Molineux inspired Liverpool to their only victory in their last six competitive games (D2, L3), with Brighton & Hove Albion subsequently crashing their FA Cup title defence.
Kaoru Mitoma netted a 92nd-minute winner to give the Seagulls a 2-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s underperformers last time out, inflicting more damage on the Reds’ low spirits.
It was the result Liverpool were hoping for ahead of their impending return to the Premier League, where they remain stuck in mid-table following a scoreless draw at Chelsea.
As the lowest scorers in the Premier League with a meagre 12, Wolverhampaton’s best chance of upsetting the odds rests upon a resilient defensive showing.
Lopetegui’s side delivered one when they toppled fellow bottom-half strugglers West Ham United 1-0 in their last home league outing to give themselves an opportunity to win back-to-back such fixtures for the first time since November 2021.
However, after bettering Liverpool in three straight home league H2Hs between 1980 and 1981, Wolves have gone winless in their last nine matches against them at Molineux (D3, L6).
An eye-catching run of six consecutive Premier League triumphs at Molineux is the only bright spot in an otherwise fateful reality for out-of-sorts Liverpool.
Winless in their last three league outings (D2, L1), including a brace of scoring blanks at Chelsea and Brighton, the Reds risk going three straight top-flight matches without scoring for the first time since January 2021.
The signs are ominous for Klopp’s men as they’ve lost five of their nine Premier League away fixtures this season (W2 D2), as many as they had across the previous two campaigns combined.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool Potential Line-ups
Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-3-3): Jose Sa; Nelson Semedo, Nathan Collins, Max Kilman, Hugo Bueno; Matheus Nunes, Ruben Neves, Mario Lemina; Adama Traore, Matheus Cunha, Daniel Podence.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson; Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Harvey Elliott; Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool Prediction
Both sides have experienced a troubled restart and even though Liverpool narrowly edged out Wolverhampton in the FA Cup, it’s hard to back the visitors to win again with any real conviction.
No team would benefit from a draw, but there’s a feeling Molineux may witness an uneventful share of the spoils.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Liverpool
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