Will Wolves roam over Liverpool?
Wolves v Liverpool - 12:30 - 22/01/2011 - live on Sky Sports 2
At the start of the season, nobody would have been surprised in January to have seen Liverpool challenging for the title, Torres banging in the goals and Hodgson still in a job at Liverpool. However, the Reds are struggling at the wrong end of the table and Dalglish needs a win.
The home side were expected to struggle this season and had Blackpool not been promoted, it would have been no surprise to see Wolves rooted to the bottom of the table at the end of the season but they are showing glimpses of good form.
Liverpool have won only once away from Anfield in the league this season and the Liverpool win is 5/4. The draw is 11/5 and the home win is 9/4.
The 5/4 for a Liverpool side that is still to hit top gear this season is tempting but when you consider that Gerrard is still banned, they may lack the drive and confidence to win the game.
They are not the same without Gerrard and throughout the season, Liverpool have always looked better when he is on the pitch.
The Portuguese player Meireles looks like Hodgson's best signing and he has been more adventurous under Dalglish but he does not play as many killer balls as Gerrard. Over 2.5 goals is 23/20 but I think it could be a cagey, low scoring affair.
The reverse fixture earlier this season was a 1-0 Wolves win (8/1) and with Liverpool lacking in confidence, Wolves could complete a league double. Jamie Carragher has not fully recovered from his injury and he will play no part in the match.
Kyriakos looks lost in the Liverpool defence and he has little understanding with the error-prone Skrtel and Agger. However, the main weakness for Liverpool is Glen Johnson. His positioning off the ball is atrocious, he is poor in the air, sloppy on the ball and he is a far worse player than Paul Merson!
Like Paul Konchesky, he is clearly not good enough to wear the shirt. He may perform better as a right winger but after watching him for a few years at Stamford Bridge, he is an average right-back and currently a troubled Liverpool left-back.
If you fancy both the sides to score, it is 5/6. Torres looks the most likely to score for the Reds but he is very short at 4/5 away from home and he has been inconsistent this season, although that could be put down to issues with his fitness.
Liverpool need a major overhaul of playing staff and Dalglish has his work cut-out. Wolves can bag three vital points at home and put more pressure on Liverpool and the 5/4 for the Wolves draw no bet seems a safe option.
Wolves have kept three clean sheets in their last six games and are 21/10 to not concede a goal against the Reds. Liverpool will improve and the chance of them starting next season in the Championship is remote but they may need to wait for another three points.