Wolves vs Liverpool
Molineux Stadium, West Midlands
Thursday, 23-01-2020 @11pm
Ref: Michael Oliver
Wolves have won just one of the 11 Premier League meetings with Liverpool and have lost the last six, scoring just once in those games. The Reds haven’t lost away against Wolves in league competition since August 1981. The only three players to score a Premier League goal for Wolves against Liverpool are Kenny Miller, Stephen Ward and Steven Fletcher. Miller’s was the only one scored at Molineux.
Wolves have earned 18 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, seven more than any other team. They have led for just 305 minutes in the top flight this campaign, the least amount of any side. In contrast, Liverpool have led for the most: 1,160 minutes. Since the beginning of last season, only Liverpool and Manchester City have managed more points against established top-six opposition than Wolves, who have taken 24. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are unbeaten in their past seven home evening kick-offs in the Premier League (7pm or later), winning five and drawing two. Wolves have scored 68% of their league goals after half-time since the start of last season, the highest proportion of any current top-flight side. They have conceded the first goal in a league-high 16 games this season, including each of the last seven.
Liverpool have taken 91 points from the past 93 available in the Premier League. A win or draw on Thursday would mean Liverpool become only the fifth team in the history of the English Football League to go 40 or more league games undefeated, after Nottingham Forest (42, 1977-78), Arsenal (49, 2003-04), Chelsea (40, 2004-05) and Huddersfield Town (43, 2011). They have kept a clean sheet in all seven league fixtures since Joe Gomez returned to the starting line-up on 7 December. The Reds had kept two clean sheets in their opening 15 league matches of the campaign. The Reds could equal their club top-flight record of eight successive clean sheets, set from December 1922 to March 1923 and matched from October to December 2005. They have won each of their last eight evening kick-offs in the Premier League (7pm or later), scoring 31 goals in these games and conceding just six.
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will again be without Ruben Vinagre due to his hamstring problem. Diogo Jota and Willy Boly could both be involved after leg and ankle injuries respectively.
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren returned to full training this week having last featured against Red Bull Salzburg on 10 December. However the trio of Naby Keita, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri all remain out.
The results on Match-day 24 so far
-Aston Villa 2-1 Watford
-Bournemouth 3-1 Brighton
-Everton 2-2 Newcastle United
-Sheffield United 0-1 Man City
-Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
-Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal
-Man United 0-2 Burnley
-Leicester City 4-1 West Ham United
-Tottenham 2-1 Norwich