Wolves v Liverpool Tips & Betting Preview

This will be no walk in the park for Liverpool.

Ryan Elliott
Tue, 18 Dec, 4:01 PM

Wolves v Liverpool

After disposing of Manchester United (and Jose Mourinho), Liverpool turn their attention to Friday, in a quest to do what Manchester City couldn’t: beat Wolves.

 

Nuno’s side have recently beaten Chelsea at Molineux, and are clearly an outfit who thrive off confidence; they’ve bounced back from a winless run of six matches with three straight league wins.

 

It does look like Liverpool have caught Wolves at a dangerous time, and considering they held Manchester City to a very credible draw, do not assume this is a forgone conclusion.

 

Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota have started scoring more regularly – which perhaps correlates with their upturn in recent fortunes – which nicely compliments their already excellent defence.

 

We all know how good Liverpool are by now, and it’s clear that Jurgen Klopp now has the squad to genuinely compete for multiple competitions at once – something which ultimately proved their undoing last season in the Champions League final.

 

There’s little value in backing a Liverpool victory, and considering I have a sneaky feeling Wolves may pinch something has well-and-truly deterred me from that market. However, Both Teams To Score at evens looks a far nicer bet.

 

Liverpool have conceded against Leicester, Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Burnley on the road this season, and I do believe Wolves (who have six goals in their last three) will at least score once. They are now playing with confidence and purpose, which they perhaps lacked at the start of the season.

 

This is all obviously assuming Liverpool find the net on Friday too; 10 goals in their last three away games suggests they will.

Liverpool have been leading at half-time in over half of their away games this season – which is impressive considering they have already travelled to Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea – and I’m backing the same thing on Friday against Wolves.

 

It’s well-priced at $2.12, and the fact that Wolves have conceded eight goals between 16 and 30 minutes (by far their most prolific period of concession) makes me fairly confident about this.

If you want to break back into Liverpool’s starting line-up, coming off the bench to score a brace to beat Manchester United is a pretty good way of doing it.

 

That’s what Xherdan Shaqiri will be thinking as he awaits the team news ahead of Friday. Klopp has used the tripartite of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane significantly less frequently this season – opting to rotate his forwards and opening the door for others.  

 

Shaqiri started the five league matches prior to the United victory, and I expect to see him re-installed to the side on Friday.

 

Not only that, but I’m backing the chunky Swiss campaigner to bag a goal, too. Following a barren start to the season, Shaqiri has five goals in his last eight Premier League matches; should you back him to add to this tally, you’ll get tasty odds of $3.10.

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