Betting preview: Wolves vs Liverpool - Reds to keep up title challenge

The hosts concede fewer than most but they’ll find it hard to stop the red scoring machine when Jurgen Klopp’s men visit Molineux on Saturday.

Liverpool had their noses bloodied by West Ham last month but have responded in superb style, sticking four past ArsenalSouthampton and Everton in three Premier League starts since.

That Merseyside derby win on Wednesday night was particularly impressive, the ruthless Reds racking up their biggest victory at Goodison Park since winning 5-0 there in 1982.

While Liverpool took their tally of Premier League goals to 43 - the highest in any of Europe's big five leagues - Wolves were huffing and puffing their way to a 0-0 Molineux draw against third-bottom Burnley.

Even so, Wolves start the weekend sat seventh in the table and just five points off Arsenal in fourth.

When: Saturday, December 4, 15.00 GMT

Where: Molineux

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Best bets for Wolves vs Liverpool

Liverpool to win to nil at 7/5

Diogo Jota to score at 6/5

Andy Robertson to assist at 16/5

Liverpool continue to score goals for fun and a look at the Premier League Golden Boot chart shows three Reds players in the top four!

Mo Salah is out in front with 13 from the opening 14 top-flight games, while Diogo Jota has eight and Sadio Mane seven.

Mohamed Salah celebrates at Goodison in midweek

But others are getting in on the act too. In the last two wins, midfielders Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara have registered while Virgil van Dijk got off the mark for the season at home to Southampton.

There was a time when Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool struggled in away games at Old Trafford and Goodison. This season they've waltzed off with a combined nine goals from those two grounds.

That haul has added to an away goals count of 25 from seven matches.

By sharp contrast, Wolves have managed just five goals at Molineux so far, the joint fewest home goal tally alongside Norwich.

The plus for Bruno Lage is that his side have conceded just six on their own patch, that resolute defending allowing them to pick up 10 points at home via three wins and a draw.

It's now three clean sheets on the bounce although Wolves fans must feel somewhat underwhelmed by 0-0 draws with Norwich and Burnley in their last two outings.

In terms of historical head-to-heads, that doesn't play out well for Wolves.

They've lost their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool, the latest trio explained in detail below.

Last three meetings

Wolves 0-1 Liverpool (March 15, 2021)

Liverpool were rocking so badly ahead of this fixture last season that the then defending title winners started the match in eighth place.

They ended it in sixth, still five points off the top four, after former Wolves star Jota struck in first-half injury time.

Wolves had more possession and more shots on target but Klopp was more than happy with the stat that really mattered - the goal count - after the Reds had lost six of their previous seven Premier League matches.

Liverpool 4-0 Wolves (December 6, 2020)

Before the Reds suffered their mid-season crash, they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at Anfield - a game that saw fans (although only 2,000 of them) allowed back to Anfield for the first time since March due to the pandemic.

Their presence certainly seemed to lift the hosts, who went in front after 24 minutes through Mo Salah.

Liverpool put the game to bed after the break as Gini Wijnaldum curled in a second on 58, Joel Matip headed a third after 67 and Nelson Semedo put through his own goal 12 minutes from time.

It took the hosts' record at home to a staggering 31 wins and a draw from their previous 32 league matches at Anfield.

Wolves 1-2 Liverpool (January 23, 2020)

Liverpool made it a phenomenal 22 wins from their opening 23 league matches to end the day 16 points clear at the top.

Wolves didn't make it easy though, despite Henderson giving Klopp's men an early lead when heading home a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner after just eight minutes.

Raul Jimenez headed in Adama Traore's 51st-minute cross to level things up but the Reds took another step towards the title when Roberto Firmino lashed in a left-foot winner on 84.

Past 10 meetings

Liverpool wins: 8

Draws: 0

Wolves wins: 2

Liverpool goals: 19

Wolves goals: 6

No stopping goal-hungry Reds

The analysis for Saturday's match can be easily simplified: can Wolves' tight defence keep out Liverpool's rampant attack?

The Reds' current scoring exploits are a huge feature of the season so far and one stat doing the rounds more and more is the amount of games in which they've scored at least two goals.

They've now managed that feat 18 times in a row, the longest sequence in history by an English top tier team.

Wolves' organisation and defensive savvy demands some respect though so it's hard to see Liverpool scoring four in a game for the fourth match running.

But they may not need to do so.

Wolves are struggling badly for goals and just 12 in 14 matches means they're averaging less than one per game.

Wolves boss Bruno Lage wants more goals from his side

Liverpool are averaging over three and although Wolves have conceded just 12, so have Klopp's side.

The fixture list is also worth a mention. While Klopp likes to rotate, he may prefer to do that in midweek when the Reds travel to the San Siro.

Ending a tough-looking group with a perfect six wins out of six would be nice but the priority for Klopp is Molineux rather than Milan.

In which case, he could reel out the same front three but, crucially, the same midfield three too.

Fitness issues have prevented it over the last season and a bit but, at last, Klopp has been able to play what many Reds fans see as the dream midfield trio of Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho.

Liverpool are just 2/5 to get the victory but taking advantage of Wolves' struggle for goals and backing 'win to nil' bumps that basic price up to 7/5. Take it.

Goalscorer bets for Wolves vs Liverpool

Diogo Jota pulled off the old trick of scoring against his former club last season, a goal which proved decisive.

Diogo Jota is the second top scorer in the Premier League this term

The Portuguese star returns to his old stomping ground with a spring in his step after four goals in his previous three Premier League matches, including a superb strike at Goodison which completed Liverpool's 4-1 rout.

He's also netted away at Norwich, Brentford and Manchester United so 6/5 for another Jota away-day strike appeals.

Just backing Salah to score in singles seems too cautious these days. The world's seventh best player (chuckle!) according to the Ballon d'Or voting is 8/11 anytime but 3/1 for two or more if you head to Planet Sport Bet's 'Brace Goalscorer' tab.

Another Salah double is certainly possible but it may be a tall order given Wolves' defensive record and the price of 3/1 doesn't seem big enough.

This column has had some good success in the Assist market in the last two games, tipping roving full-backs Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson to set up goals.

Trent obliged at 6/4 against Southampton while Robertson landed the 3/1 for an assist at Goodison.

Robertson looks like a man on a mission after stand-in Kostas Tsimikas impressed when stepping in so I'll back the Scot again.

Andy Robertson has provided great service from the left

A Robertson assist is an appealing 16/5 - a juicy price given that he has three in his last two games.

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