By Maryam Naz
20th December 2018
Liverpool travel to Molineux in the knowledge that victory would see them tucking into their Christmas dinners atop the Premier League table, but almost a decade of top-flight history suggests failing to beat Wolves could have dire implications for their title tilt.
The Reds are 1/2 match betting favourites for their trip to the Black Country, but with Manchester City 1/8 to claim three points at home to Crystal Palace the next day, anything less than the win could see them cede pole position to the Citizens.
Since 2009/10, every team to top the Premier League at Christmas has gone on to win the title, bar one (Liverpool in 2013/14) suggesting that Nuno Espirito Santo’s hosts could put a dent in Liverpool’s championship challenge if continuing to raise their game against the best in the division.
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Wanderers’ status as number one thorn in the sides of last seasons top six is by now firmly established after draws against Manchester United, City and Arsenal, victory over Chelsea and a 2-3 defeat to Tottenham in which they came close to rescuing a draw from 0-3 down.
As such, the 10/3-rated stalemate looks the most likely manner in which they could potentially aid Pep Guardiola’s side in returning to the Premier League summit.
However, Liverpool’s road attack has really stepped up its game in recent outings, hitting three against Watford, another trio at Burnley and four at Bournemouth in successive domestic away games, with Roberto Firmino (two) and Mohamed Salah (four) among the goals.
Salah to score and his side to win looks a nice priced bet for our Wolves vs Liverpool predictions at Enhanced Odds of 6/5.
Wanderers haven’t scored more than twice in a fixture since earning promotion and with Jurgen Klopp’s side boasting the stingiest defence in the division (just seven concessions in 17 outings), the hosts’ struggles to convert the chances they create should continue.
Injury to Diogo Jota against Bournemouth last weekend should compound those issues after he’d notched in successive 2-1 wins over Chelsea and Newcastle. The Portuguese attacking midfielder has only an outside chance of playing a part against the Reds.
The Molineux outfit are fifth best in the Premier League goals-against column, suggesting a low-scoring fixture must enter Wolves vs Liverpool predictions.
Under 2.5 goals in the clash is trading at a very reasonable 17/20 considering 71% of the hosts’ league games have produced fewer than three strikes, more than any other side in the division, meanwhile a Liverpool win and under 2.5 goals double is trading at odds of 5/2.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.