Sunday, May 26, 2019

Prediction: Liverpool vs Wolves

Verdict: Liverpool win and both teams to score

Best Odds: 7/4

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to pull off another miracle, Liverpool will welcome Wolves to Anfield on Sunday knowing they must pick up a victory if they’re to stand any chance to lifting their first Premier League title.

Liverpool

Starting with the hosts, coming off the back of a famous 4-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday and pulling off arguably the biggest European turnaround in history, Liverpool now have a Champions League final against Spurs to look forward to next month. Despite their eye-catching exploits in Europe this year, Jurgen Klopp will know his side must pull off another miracle if they’re to clinch a first Premier League title. With Manchester City heading to Brighton on Sunday, the Reds sit two points adrift of the defending champions heading into the final matchup of the season. With the mood in their camp at a season-high, a huge part of Liverpool’s success this year has come down to their continued performances at Anfield. The former Borussia Dortmund boss has seen his side lose just one of their 37 matches this season and are yet to taste top-flight defeat on Merseyside this year. With leading goalscorer, Mohamed Salah expected to feature after missing Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, Liverpool have earned eight league wins in a row and are on the longest current unbeaten run in England’s top-tier.

Team News

Liverpool are bolstered by the likely return of Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah following a concussion.

Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson are expected to overcome respective knee and calf injuries sustained in midweek.

Roberto Firmino remains out with a groin problem but should be fit for the Champions League final.

Wolves

As for the visitors, while Liverpool might be enjoying their own successful season, Wolves have also embarked on a very eye-catching return to the Premier League. Securing a lucrative seventh-place finish and looking to bring Europa League football to Molineux next year, Nuno Espírito Santo’s side are coming off the back of a 1-0 win over Fulham and have now won their last three matches on the bounce. With their Portuguese boss shortlisted for the Manager of the Year award, undoubtedly Wolves’ continued performances against top-six opposition has highlighted their European push. Also knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup earlier in the season, Sunday’s visitors have accrued 16 points from 11 league games against the top-six sides, easily the best return among the 14 lower-ranked clubs. Despite their bright end to the year, there has been some minor concerns over Wolves’ form outside of the Midlands. The Oranges have managed to record just a single victory in their last six Premier League matches on the road, including defeats away at Huddersfield, Southampton, and Burnley.

Team News

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has no fresh injury concerns and could name an unchanged side for the 15th time this season in the Premier League.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Liverpool have won the past four Premier League meetings, and only lost one of nine (W6, D2).
  • This will be the sixth time Liverpool and Wolves have met in their final game of a top-flight season, with Liverpool winning the previous five by an aggregate score of 12-4.
  • The Reds have earned eight league wins in a row and are on the longest current unbeaten run in the top flight (W12, D4).
  • They could remain unbeaten at home in consecutive top-flight seasons for the first time in 39 years.
  • Wolves have accrued 16 points from 11 league games against the top-six sides, easily the best return among the 14 lower-ranked clubs.

Conclusion

Coming off the back of their iconic comeback against Barcelona in midweek, there is no doubt that there will be a party atmosphere around Anfield on Sunday. Given the Reds’ continued performances on home soil, Jurgen Klopp’s side should be confident of extending their winning run and applying some last minute pressure on Manchester City. In what could be a lively encounter on Merseyside, we’re backing the hosts to come away with the victory on the final day of the season.

Verdict: Liverpool win and both teams to score

Best Odds: 7/4

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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