Wolves v Liverpool – Molineux Stadium at 19:45 GMT

In the last fixture for the third round of the FA Cup, Liverpool will be travelling to the Molineux Stadium on Monday night to take on the Wolverhampton Wanderers. These two teams met recently in the Premier League which resulted in Liverpool’s favor, 2-0, when Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah both netted goals to secure the Reds’ victory. However, the previous FA Cup tie between these two is an entirely different matter. Wolverhampton, who were a Championship side at that time, managed to beat the Reds in a 2-1 upsetting fixture.

As of now, Wolves’ form is quite inconsistent. They lost in a 2-0 home fixture against Crystal Palace during the beginning of the year. This loss came just days after their unexpected 3-1 away victory against Tottenham Hotspur. The Wolves managed to take points off the Spurs, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, as well as Arsenal this season. However, Liverpool remains the unbent top-ranked side in the Premier League that haven’t bowed down yet to the Wolves.

Jurgen Klopp’s men recently earned a 2-0 victory at Molineux which gave them a boost ahead of Monday night’s clash. However, that boost may be offset when their undefeated Premier League season came to an end when they were beaten by Manchester City which once again sparked the race for the crown and reducing the gap to the top to 4 points.  

LATEST NEWS

–          Liverpool are still without their centre-back duo, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, for Monday’s FA Cup fixture.

–          Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be out due to his long-term knee injury.

–          Jordan Henderson, Wijnaldum, and James Milner are reportedly rested for the FA Cup tie.

–          Wolves’ Diogo Jota is expected to return after suffering from a hamstring injuring which resulted in him missing the 0-2 loss against Crystal Palace.

–          Simon Mignolet is set for a rare start when Liverpool takes on the Wolves on Monday.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Wolves: John Ruddy, Matt Doherty, Kortney Hause, Connor Coady, Ryan Bennett, Jonny, Romain Saiss, Ruben Neves, Ivan Cavaleiro, Morgan Gibbs-White, Leo Bonatini

Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Rafa Camacho, Ki-Jana Hoever, Virgil Van Dijk, Alberto Moreno, Fabinho, Adam Lallana, Naby Keita, Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge

KEY PLAYERS

Wolves

Ruben Neves plays as a midfielder for the Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Portugal national team. He has established himself as the Wolves’ sensation for his remarkable technical abilities, especially in defence, that helped secure victories for the Wolves. Moreover, he has taken at least 130 outings at club level and earned five caps for Portugal.

Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri plays as a forward for Liverpool and the Swiss nation team. With his physical frame and mastery of his stellar form, he became one of the key players for Liverpool, and even proven himself to be one of the best in the world of football.

MATCH PREDICTION

Wolves v Liverpool: 1-3

Liverpool are most likely the most consistent side this season in the Premier League. They currently top the league table with 17 wins, 3 draws, and 1 loss out of 21 matches played. They were in an eight-winning streak before falling to Manchester City in the biggest fixture so far this season. Despite coming into this game fresh off the back of a defeat, Jurgen Klopp’s side are still four points clear at the top of the Premier League table and they will definitely be confident in returning to their winning ways against a vulnerable Wolves side.

MATCH BETTING ODDS*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

By @EliaasMJ
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