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England Premier League Week 18 Wolverhampton vs Liverpool Preview 21 December 2018

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Wolverhampton vs Liverpool Preview:

Probable starting lineups:

Wolverhampton:
Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny, Gibbs-White, Jimenez, Costa

Liverpool:
Alisson, Milner, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Wolverhampton Wanderers are on the seventh position with 25 points, one less than sixth-placed Manchester United. The Wolves are in great form at the moment. They are in series of three consecutive victories in the Premier League. Wolverhampton first beat Chelsea with 2:1, then Newcastle United with the same result, while last weekend won 2:0 against Bournemouth. That was Wolves' first win against Bournemouth in all competitions since December 1989. Raul Jimenez scored in the 12th minute to put Wolves ahead. The Mexican forward was in the right place at the right time for his fifth goal of the season. Substitute Ivan Cavaleiro set the final result during the referee time. Diogo Jota should also be mentioned as he assisted the first goal. He has been directly involved in three goals in his past three Premier League appearances (scored two goals and assisted one), having previously failed to score or assist in his last 13 matches this season. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo was satisfied with the performance of his players. The atmosphere in the squad is positive, while the players confidence is higher. Most of the players are ready to face the leaders, though Jota was taken off at the break after emerging injured from a collision with opponents' defender Cook.

Liverpool managed to beat Manchester United with 3:1 last weekend and sit on the first place, one point ahead of Manchester City. Xherdan Shaqiri was the key player on that match after scored the second and the third goal. The Swiss international has become just the second Liverpool player to score at least two goals in their first ever match against Manchester United for the Reds, and the first since Nigel Clough did so back in January 1994. The fans will remember the Sunday's thrilling victory as it also spelled the end for United manager Jose Mourinho. It was a fantastic performance by Liverpool players and well deserved victory. The Reds have recorded 36 shots against Manchester - the most the Red Devils have faced in a Premier League match since Opta started recording shot data in the season 2003/04. The following day came the Champions League draw in which Liverpool were paired with Bayern Munich in the last 16. The atmosphere in the squad is good, while the players confidence is high. But Klopp has some selection issues ahead of this match, particularly in the defense and midfield. Joe Gomez remain sidelined due to a lower leg fracture. Two more defenders suffered injuries in the match against Napoli. Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has a foot injury and missed the match with Manchester, while central defender Joel Matip is definitely sidelined with a broken collarbone. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is a long-term injury victim. In addition, many players are tired and Klopp must make some hard decisions.

Wolverhampton vs Liverpool Prediction
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I expect both teams to score at Molineux Stadium. There is only one reason for my pick - the actual form of both teams. Liverpool are the leaders on the table and they have excellent strikers. Wolverhampton, meanwhile, are in series of three consecutive victories in the Premier League and the players confidence is very high. I expect an efficient match.

Wolverhampton vs Liverpool Pick
: Both teams to score - Yes
 
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