Jan 31, 2012

Wolves vs Liverpool Match Preview

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool
31 January 2012
19.45 GMT

Total Appearances: 98
Liverpool Wins: 47
Wolves Wins: 33
Draws: 17

Last Premier League Meeting: 24 September 2011 – Liverpool 2-1 Wolves (Johnson og, Suarez)

Liverpool: Liverpool’s odd season in which they seem to be unstoppable in the cups but fragile in the league continues. In the domestics cups, the club first beat Manchester City on aggregate to advance to the League Cup final, then defeated Manchester United 2-1 to reach the FA Cup fifth round. In the league, however, the Reds are performing significantly worse, having taken just one point from their last three games and winning only one of their last six. Liverpool need to start putting it all together if they want to be return to the top four. The Reds are currently in seventh, with a win possibly taking them to fifth.
Wolves: When Wolves lost 3-2 to Aston Villa at home 10 days ago, it marked the eighth straight game they had gone without winning. They have taken four points from those eight games. After a great straight which saw them take seven points from their first three games, they have taken just 11 points from the last 19. Wolves sit in 19th, but a win could see them climb out of the relegation zone and up to 16th.

Injury News:
Liverpool: Liverpool continue to avoid the injury bug remarkably well. There are, in fact, only two major injuries, as Lucas Leiva is still out with a torn ACL, and Jay Spearing with a hamstring injury. Luis Suarez serves the last game of his eight-game suspension for racially abusing scumbag Patrice Evra, and is eligible to return next week when the Reds take on Spurs at Anfield.
Wolves: While they have struggled with various ailments throughout the season, Wolves appear to finally be returning to fitness. Arsenal loanee Emmanuel Frimpong will return after an eye injury, as could defender Ronald Zubar who is recovering from a knee injury. Jamie O’Hara (hernia) and Jody Craddock (hamstring) could return next week for Wolves.

Key Battle:
Matt Jarvis vs Jose Enrique: Two long-term Liverpool targets will go head-to-head in a matchup that will undoubtedly have a significant effect on the match. Jarvis is the key to the Wolves attack down the wing, and if Jose Enrique can lock him down the Wolves offense will be quiet. After that, it’s up to the Reds to score.

Bet365 Odds:
Home Win: 4/1
Draw: 11/4
Away Win: 7/10

Anfield Red Score Prediction: Wolves 0-2 Liverpool

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