Preview - Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 May 19

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Match Day 38
Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunday, May 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Liverpool: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.35
Average goals against per match: 0.59
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (22)

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
Last five matches form: L D W W W
Average goals per match: 1.27
Average goals against per match: 1.19
Top Scorer: Raul Jiménez (13)

What a season it has been for Liverpool. Only one defeat in 37 Premier League games, and now a Champion's League Final to look forward to, following the comeback of all comebacks against Barcelona in midweek. And of course they do still have a chance of claiming the Premier League title. They do need Manchester City to slip up at Brighton, but all they can do is win their own game here against Wolverhampton Wanderers.


Wolves of course have also enjoyed a fabulous season on their return to the Premier League. A season which will be rewarded by a seventh placed finish and a place in the Europa League. Can they throw a spanner into the works here?


Liverpool were 2-0 winners in the reverse of this fixture at Molineux. Wolves did knock - an albeit weakened - Liverpool out of the FA Cup though. The most recent league meeting between the sides here came back in 2011, with Liverpool running out 2-1 winners on that occasion.


Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana are all out for Liverpool. Wolves look set to be at full strength.


Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 39 fixtures here in the league and have won each of their last six keeping four clean sheets and scoring three or more on four occasions.


Wolves have won a respectable six of 18 on the road, including at Watford last time out. They do have only two away clean sheets to their name though which would be a worry coming here.


Wolves are dangerous opponents for anyone, but there is so much potentially riding on this for the home side here that they will surely get the job done once again in front of their own fans.


Prediction: Liverpool 3 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers



Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  13 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 4 - 1
Possession: 59% - 41%


Two bookings at Anfield, both for the away side, with referee Martin Atkinson taking the names of Ryan Bennett and Diogo Jota.


So near and yet so far for Jurgen Klopp's gallant and impressive Liverpool side. They did their bit on the final day in beating Wolves in comfortable enough style, but in the end - with Manchester City winning at Brighton - it wouldn't have mattered what they had done here.


The home side struck first in the 17th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold receiving the ball down the right and firing a low ball into the area. A deflection taking the ball into the path of Sadio Mané to slot home from around six yards. 1-0 at the break. Ten minutes later news came through that Brghton had taken the lead against City to really spark hope at Anfield, but in the end it was to no avail.


Liverpool did at least make sure they completed this job when adding a second in the 81st minute. Superb cross from Alexander-Arnold from deep on the right to find Mané arriving to finish with a diving header into the left hand side from around six yards. That goal being enough to hand Mané a share of the Golden Boot with teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


38 games and just the one defeat and a whopping total of 97 points, this Liverpool side are undoubtedly the greatest ever side to finish second in the Premier League. That will likely be scant consolation to Reds fans, but they do still have a second Champion's League final in as many seasons to look forward to.


Wolves achievements shouldn't be forgotten this season either. To finish seventh on their first season back in the Premier League is a mighty achievement. With Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm and likely more money to spend in the summer, they will be looking to make that next step into the top six next season.





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