Wolverhampton Wanderers host Liverpool in a rare Thursday evening Premier League encounter.
The runaway league leaders are on a 13-game winning streak and have kept clean sheets in their last seven.
Wolves had to come from behind to beat Southampton 3-2 at St Mary’s on Saturday to end a three-game winless streak that started with a 1-0 loss at Anfield to end 2019.
Nuno’s side put up a good battle that day and I expect them to do just the same at Molineux this week.
Liverpool were in action on Sunday when they comfortably beat Manchester United 2-0 in Merseyside. They will have had 24 hours less than Wolves to prepare for this game.
Jurgen Klopp rotated his side for the FA Cup tie at the start of the year so I don’t think there will be much concern when it comes to fatigue, other than the short turnaround. The Reds have also been blessed with a lack of injuries all season.
I think we’re in for an exciting, tactical matchup between these two. Both sides like to press from the front and both have very good attacks. Wolves’ 1-0 loss at Liverpool last month was only the second Premier League game in which they’ve failed to score this season – after their 0-0 with Leicester City on the opening day of the season.
Liverpool have scored in every game this season but only have six in their last four league fixtures. Mohamed Salah hadn’t always been hitting the target in recent weeks prior to his stoppage time goal versus Manchester United on Sunday.
I can see Wolves having success down the wings, particularly on the right if Matt Doherty and Adam Traore both start, up against Andy Robertson. Raul Jimenez is a goalscorer up top that they will be looking to supply, both down the wings and in the middle with Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves.
Wolves’ defence is without a clean sheet in their last eight though. That came in a home game, whilst Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have been two of the three visitors since.
For a midweek game and a day’s less rest I think Liverpool are well overpriced at such short odds and that there’s value in the lay. I do think both teams will score so whether Wolves will have enough to outscore the league leaders remains to be seen.
Value bet: Lay Liverpool at 1.70 with Betfair