Monday, January 30, 2012

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31.01. (Tue) 20:45 Wolves vs Liverpool

Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish embraces Dirk Kuyt at the end of the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and Manchester United


Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward
Kightly, Milijas, Edwards, Jarvis
Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher

Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, EnriqueKuyt, Gerrard, Henderson, Adam, BellamyCarroll
Wolves are short in the centre of midfield with Karl Henry suspended following his red card against Aston Villa, while Emmanuel Frimpong and Jamie O’Hara are out injured so Nenad Milijas is likely to be handed a start. With Kevin Doyle currently out of favour, starting just once in the last six Premier League games, Sylvain Ebanks-Blake is likely to partner top scorer Steven Fletcher upfront.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has a near full squad to choose from, and is likely to name a similar side to the one that defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday, although Craig Bellamy may take the place of Stewart Downing.
Lucas Leiva and Jay Spearing are the only absentees though the visitors have plenty of cover in the centre of midfield.

  • In the last meeting between the two sides at Molineux Liverpool were 3-0 winners with Fernando Torres scoring twice – the last goals he scored for the club before his £50million switch to Chelsea
  • Wolves have only defeated Liverpool once in seven Premier League attempts.
  • In past league meetings this game averages 1.57 goals a game.
  • Wolves have not won in the Premier League at home since beating Sunderland 2-1 on the December 4.
  • Liverpool have registered just one Premier League away victory in their last 5 attempts.
  • Mick McCarthy’s (right) men are on a current run of nine Premier League games without a win.
  • Kenny Dalglish’s side are also on a dip in the league at the moment – winning just once in their last six.
  • Despite Liverpool’s league position of 7th and Wolves respective position of 19th, the two sides have scored the same amount of Premier League goals this season – 25.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is coming under increasing pressure as they fall deeper into a relegation battle and a defeat here could see the end of his tenure. Despite recent victories over Manchester United and Manchester City in Cup games Liverpool have been very inconsistent in the league, which will give the home fans hopes of an upset. McCarthy is sure to have his players pumped up for this one and I feel they could get a result though with both sides struggling for goals.
Editor's Prediction
Wolves 1-1 Liverpool