By William Hill
Last Updated: 4th January 2019
At 25/1 Wolves look like big each-way value in the FA Cup outright betting until you remember they host Liverpool in the third round, but, with the Reds’ focus firmly on the title and a tendency for leaving the competition early under Jurgen Klopp, they could be the perfect smokescreen.
William Hill offer each-way terms of ½ the odds if your selection reaches the final and if Nuno Espirito Santo’s side get past the Anfield club, bettors will be left cursing their lack of foresight in not having grabbed a bit of action that pays out at above 12/1 should they make the Wembley decider.
Here’s why the men from Molineux can eliminate Liverpool and go on to reward their e/w backers.
Liverpool are yet to get beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup under Klopp
In three seasons under the German tactician that’s revolutionised the Reds, they’ve failed to reach the fifth round on every occasion and not just as a result of unfortunate draws either.
West Brom put out a full strength home XI 3-2 at Anfield en route to Premier League relegation last term, while the campaign before that Wolves themselves came away from Merseyside with a 2-1 win over weakened opposition and West Ham took them out after extra time in 2015/16.
This term, the increasingly hard-to-ignore prospect of the Reds ending their 29-year league title drought will undoubtedly lead to the cup being down their list of priorities once again.
Wolves’ now-notorious top-team-toppling chops mean no foe need be feared
Sure Liverpool recorded a 2-0 win over Wanderers at Molineux, but the totality of the Black Country side’s body of work against the so-called Big Six this term suggests they’re capable of avenging that defeat at match odds of 16/5.
They’ve faced the clubs in question seven times in Premier League action this term, losing just twice and beating both Chelsea and Tottenham.
Non Big-Six sides reach the final with regularity
While Chelsea have fought out the last two deciders (losing to Arsenal then beating Manchester United), eight of the nine that preceded them featured at least one club from outside the top-flight’s elite sextet.
Portsmouth (twice), Cardiff, Everton, Stoke, Wigan, Hull, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have featured since 2008.