Saturday lunchtime sees Liverpool playing host to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup 4th round in a tie that looks to have definite upset potential.
Jurgen Klopp’s under-strength side made heavy weather of seeing off League Two Plymouth Argyle in the 3rd round, requiring a replay to finish the job. Their form has been generally patchy of late, with just one victory in their last seven games in all competitions.
There has to be some serious question marks over the strength of the team that Klopp will field here, particularly with the game being sandwiched between Wednesday’s EFL Cup semi-final 2nd leg at Southampton (a 1-0 defeat on the night, to lose 2-0 on aggregate) and Tuesday’s crucial Premier League clash at home to Chelsea.
Wolves were among the pre-season favourites in the Championship but, not only have they never really been in the promotion frame, they are also rather too close to the relegation zone for comfort as things stand.
On the plus side, Paul Lambert’s team have been marginally stronger on the road than they have been at Molineux this season and they did pull off a shock in winning 2-0 at Stoke City in the 3rd round. Coincidentally, Lambert, like opposite number Klopp, is something of a legend at Borussia Dortmund, having been a member of their 1997 Champions’ League winning team.
With over 8,000 supporters backing them at Anfield, Wolves will really be up for this and they should make this competitive against a depleted Liverpool team.
Short priced favourites offer little value
Liverpool are as short as 1/5 in places to win this match, which presents an opportunity to back the visitors on the Asian Handicap +1.75 at 39/40 with BetVictor.
For that bet to produce a full win, Wolves would need to either win or draw the game, or lose by any one-goal margin. However, even were they to lose by a two-goal margin, you would still get half your stake matched at the winning odds and the other half returned to your account.
For the bet to lose, Liverpool would need to win by three goals or more. It’s difficult to see a weakened Reds line-up managing that.