The Premier League pauses for a weekend of FA Cup Third Round action and on Saturday evening we have eight times winners Liverpool taking on four times winners Wolverhampton Wanderers. We’ve previewed the match and provided you with our best suggested bets.
Liverpool vs Wolves Tips
Liverpool ended a great run of form abruptly on the 2nd January, losing 3-1 away to Brentford and it could have been a lot worse.
Virgil van Dijk hobbled off injured and he was being run ragged by the likes of Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa before hand.
The Reds have started to look a shadow of their former high-intensity, high pressing selves and are being out run and out fought at times.
Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to show this is merely a bump in the road, rather than a side in need a of a full rebuild.
The arrival of new January signing Cody Gakpo will be a huge boost to a side struggling with injury and he could be looking at a first start here under the Anfield lights.
Julen Lopetegui has had a reasonable start to life at Molineux, winning away at Everton, losing at home versus Manchester United and drawing last time out against Aston Villa.
Wanderers still sit 19th in the table, so have a huge amount of work to do to escape relegation and will be glad of the free hit in the cup against an indifferent Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp is without Arthur, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota, who will likely be joined by Virgil van Dijk, who picked up a Hamstring injury against Brentford.
New signing Cody Gakpo could make his first appearance for the Reds here and James Milner and Roberto Firmino could return from injury.
Julen Lopetegui is still missing Chinquinho, Pedro Neto and Sasa Kalajdzic as well as Boubacar Traore who could be out for a couple of months. Daniel Podence has a knock and will be a late decision.
Liverpool to win and under 2.5 goals – 13/5
Wolves have improved under Lopetegui but The Reds should still have too much for them at home.
That said, I see this being a low scoring match-up, with Wolves the lowest scorers in the Premier League (11) and unders landing in three of their last four games.
The Reds haven’t been as free flowing as usual this season and the odd goal could nick this one.
Cody Gakpo to score first – 4/1
Betfred are running their famed Double Delight/ Hat-trick Heaven Promotion on this match, meaning should Cody Gakpo score first and then go on to score a second, you will be paid at double the odds (8/1). Should the Dutchman score a 3rd, you would be paid at triple the odds (12/1).
The 23-year-old had a superb World Cup, scoring three times to add to his burgeoning reputation and already has nine goals and 12 assists in 14 Eredivisie performances for Ajax before his big January move.
Klopp may rest Nunez and Salah here, which would give the new signing licence to play through the middle and gobble up any chances.
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