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Wolves face Liverpool at Molineux where Jurgen Klopp’s visitors will aim to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign. Wolves, meanwhile, have lost 3 out of 4 Premier League contests this term and will aim to spring a shock in the Saturday lunchtime early kick-off game. Everyone is eagerly anticipating the return of the Premier League after the international break, and we have you covered in this bet builder preview for Wolves vs Liverpool.
Wolves vs Liverpool predicted lineups
Striker spot up for grabs
Wolves are looking at a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 type of system. They have few injury concerns but Fabio Silva’s place in the side could come under threat upfront after missing several chances this season.
Defensive absences for Liverpool
This is a tricky weekend for Liverpool with Virgil Van Dijk suspended and Trent Alexander-Arnold confirmed out with an injury. Joe Gomez should come into the side at right back with Ibrahima Konate fit enough to start in central defence. Several players saw significant minutes during the international break with Darwin Nunez and Ryan Gravenberch options to come into the side if Jurgen Klopp prefers. The attacking trio could be Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo and Mo Salah.
Wolves vs Liverpool team stats
Wolves failing to convert their chances yet again
It feels like this is a revolving record every single season, but Wolves are already massively underachieving in front of goal. Their xG of 1.62 per 90 mins is impressive, but they’ve only converted that into one goal per game. Perhaps more worrying for Gary O’Neil’s men is a defence which has conceded exactly two goals per game, and the statistics show why. Their average xGA of 1.95 has not been helped by the team conceding nearly seven SOT per game. They have given up too many big chances. Wolves’ fixtures average a high of seven cards per game right now which is also something to look out for.
Is Allison papering over cracks in the defence?
Liverpool have been impressive in attack averaging 2.25 goals per game and they have a high xG to back up their legitimacy (1.90). At the other end of the field, one could say they’ve perhaps been fortunate not to concede more goals. Their average xGA per 90 mins of 1.32 has only transferred into 0.75 goals against, with Allison in particular making several impressive saves. Is this defence reliable enough? Opposition teams have averaged 13.75 shots per game vs the Reds which is quite a high number. Liverpool fixtures average exactly 10 corners and 4 cards so far this season.
Wolves vs Liverpool Shots and Shots on Target Stats
Hwang to bang in the shots?
If Hwang Hee-Chan starts, then he is an interesting option to add to any Wolves bet builder. He has averaged nearly four shots per 90 mins and if he were to line up in the striker role then it would aid his chances for shots even more. Wolves don’t lack shots but they do lack accuracy. The likes of Fabio Silva and Matheus Cunha in particular are not reliable enough to test the goalkeeper. Pedro Neto averages exactly one shot on target per 90 mins and has enjoyed a solid start to the season.
Szoboszlai shooting watch
It is unsurprising to see Mo Salah average the most shots per game for Liverpool (3.43). He is the most reliable option to include in your Wolves vs Liverpool bet builder due to guaranteed minutes, although even he might get pulled off around the 75th-minute mark. Whoever else starts in attack, be it Diogo Jota or Cody Gakpo you must expect them to shoot quite freely. Another interesting prospect from midfield is Dominik Szoboszlai who currently averages exactly two shots per 90 mins. Both Joe Gomez or Joel Matip could be worth looking at for 1+ shots due to their danger from set pieces.
Wolves vs Liverpool Goals and Assists Stats
Shopping around for some value at Neto
The key man to watch out for is Pedro Neto who has assisted 3 of the 4 Wolves goals this season. Hwang has netted twice but is not usually a reliable enough finisher. Matheus Cunha is a great-looking player and it always feels he should convert more of his chances.
Egyptian King prolific as always
Mo Salah looked like he was perhaps heading to the Saudi League, but Liverpool have been determined to keep their main man. He leads their scoring charts with a couple of goals and also weighed in with two assists. Darwin Nunez has looked much sharper this season and along with Luis Diaz, the Reds have packed plenty of firepower this season. Cody Gakpo is projected to start upfront and is yet to trouble the scorers this season.
Wolves Cards and Fouls Stats
Semedo to get stuck in
The Midlanders already rank joint second for most cards obtained and have been fairly dirty this season. Several players have already obtained a couple of cards each with right back Nelson Semedo leading their foul count at an average of 2.50 per 90 mins. He will have a tough matchup vs someone such as Diogo Jota, whilst Rayan Ait Nouri will be tested by Mo Salah.
Mac Allister a foul magnet
Both midfielders for Liverpool Alexis Mac Allister and Wataru Endo have drawn at least two fouls per 90 mins. Joe Gomez might play right back here and could be involved in more dangerous areas. He’s fouled on average 2.17 times per 90 mins and could present a challenge to the Wolves left sided players.
Liverpool Cards and Fouls Stats
Reds’ forwards pressing hard
The Reds have been much more disciplined only obtaining 6 cards. Alexis Mac Allister is an obvious candidate to produce fouls in midfield and has averaged 2.06 fouls per 90 mins. The Liverpool forwards will press hard from the front and both Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo are worth watching for fouls. They could give away some cheap free kicks in less dangerous areas.
Gomes a test in midfield
Hee-Chan is one of the most fouled Wolves players, but a lot will depend on where he plays on the field. If he pops up on the right wing, then he has a tough matchup vs Andy Robertson. Otherwise, he could keep the centre backs on their toes. Both Joao Gomes in midfield and left back Ryan Ait Nouri are also potential foul magnets.
Wolves vs Liverpool key matchups
Nelson Semedo vs Diogo Jota
Alexis Mac Allister vs Joao Gomes
Joel Matip vs Hwang Hee-Chan
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