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Wolves vs Liverpool: Reds look ripe for FA Cup upset

Wolves vs Liverpool Match Preview and Predictions

The FA Cup third-round weekend concludes with an all-Premier League tie as Wolves host seven-time winners Liverpool at Molineux.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

The Reds suffered a blow on Thursday night with their 2-1 defeat at Manchester City but can switch off from the pressure of the title race for a week as the focus switches to the cup.

Wolves, who have won the FA Cup four times but not since 1960, were also beaten last time out after a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

Match information

When is it? Monday January 7th

What time is kick-off? 19:45

Where is it being played? Molineux

Which channel is it on? BBC 1

Who is the referee? Paul Tierney

Wolves vs Liverpool Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

The cup tie is a quick return to Molineux for Liverpool, who were 2-0 winners in the Premier League at the same venue on December 21.

It was yet another clean sheet for the Reds, although goalkeeper Alisson Becker needed to save from Romain Saiss and Matt Doherty in a first half where Wolves put the visitors under pressure.

Adama Traore twice shot wide before Mo Salah flicked in Fabinho's low cross after 18 minutes to give the visitors the lead and Virgil Van Dijk made the game safe with 20 minutes left, poking in Salah's searching ball.

It was another impressive performance from Wolves against one of the top teams, with boss Nuno Espirito Santo saying: "It was a tough game. They have a very good pace and caused us many problems but we stayed in the game."

Feature match previews for this week

If you're interested in tips on the EFL Cup semi-finals, check out our in-depth previews below:

Wolves have already beaten Tottenham and Chelsea as well as holding Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United to draws so will believe they can cause an upset.

It is their results against the lower-ranked teams that will be more of a headache for their manager but for the first of our Wolves vs Liverpool predictions, we're backing Wolves at 19/20 to avoid defeat against a Liverpool team that is expected to be very different to the one which faced City.

First goalscorer tips

Liverpool will not want a replay to add to their busy fixture list so could be tempted to push for a winner the longer the match goes on, and that could open up space for the speed of Adama Traore to exploit.

He has been used mainly as a substitute this season but could get more of a chance to impress here and appeals at 10/1 in the first goalscorer odds.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Willy Boly has only scored two goals this season but the big defender has made his mark when it matters most, opening the scoring in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City and equalising in the 3-1 victory over Tottenham.

His height makes him a threat at set-pieces against even the best defences and he can be backed in the anytime goalscorer odds at 16/1.

Where the game will be won or lost

Wolves have impressed on their return to the Premier League but their inconsistency plus Manchester United's revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer means they are now nine points off a top-six place.

With little danger of an immediate return to the Championship and the way they have performed against the 'big six', there is no obvious reason for Wolves not to aim for a good cup run.

Liverpool's intensity will surely drop as Jurgen Klopp rotates his squad in the aftermath of the City clash and they lost all three away games during the Champions League group stage. They also fell at the first hurdle in the EFL Cup, losing 2-1 at home to Chelsea.

Klopp could be forgiven for deciding to focus on the Premier League as Liverpool look to end their title drought and may already have one eye on Saturday's trip to Brighton, which is their third successive away game.

The recent win at Wembley was the first time Wolves have scored more than two goals in a match this season so if they are to win, it is likely to be a low-scoring affair.

Under 2.5 goals at 9/10 is the next of our Wolves vs Liverpool betting tips but let's also stick our necks on the line and take the odds boost of 17/4 for Wolves to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

The FA Cup is a distraction Liverpool could do without this season as they chase the Premier League title, having already reached the last 16 of the Champions League. Wolves have performed better against the top teams and the value is with the home team at 10/3.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football