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  • 31 January 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 27447
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Wolves – Liverpool Preview: Both sides have mustered just one Premier League win between them in their last 12 games

Mick McCarthy is coming under increasing pressure following a poor run of results and knows his team will have to be at their best to overcome Kenny Dalglish's inconsistent outfit


PROBABLE LINEUPS
WOLVES

Hennessey
Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward
Kightly, Milijas, Edwards, Jarvis
Ebanks-Blake, Fletcer
LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Kuyt, Gerrard, Henderson, Adam, Bellamy
Carroll
Wolves are short in the centre of midfield with Karl Henry suspended following his red card against Aston Villa, while Emmanuel Frimpong and Jamie O’Hara are out injured so Nenad Milijas is likely to be handed a start.

With Kevin Doyle currently out of favour, starting just once in the last six Premier League games, Sylvain Ebanks-Blake is likely to partner top scorer Steven Fletcher upfront.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has a near full squad to choose from, and is likely to name a similar side to the one that defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday, although Craig Bellamy may take the place of Stewart Downing.

Lucas Leiva and Jay Spearing are the only absentees though the visitors have plenty of cover in the centre of midfield.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • In the last meeting between the two sides at Molineux Liverpool were 3-0 winners with Fernando Torres scoring twice – the last goals he scored for the club before his £50million switch to Chelsea
  • Wolves have only defeated Liverpool once in seven Premier League attempts.
  • In past league meetings this game averages 1.57 goals a game.
  • Wolves have not won in the Premier League at home since beating Sunderland 2-1 on the December 4.
  • Liverpool have registered just one Premier League away victory in their last 5 attempts.
  • Mick McCarthy’s (right) men are on a current run of nine Premier League games without a win.
  • Kenny Dalglish’s side are also on a dip in the league at the moment – winning just once in their last six.
  • Despite Liverpool’s league position of 7th and Wolves respective position of 19th, the two sides have scored the same amount of Premier League goals this season – 25.
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Players to watch

M. Kightly

Position: Midfielder

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The winger was a key component to Mick McCarthy’s successful side as it gained promotion from the Championship and successfully retained Premier League status. Yet after suffering from a number of serious injuries he became a forgotten man at the club with McCarthy even leaving the 26-year-old out of his 25-man squad. Since returning from a loan spell at Watford, Kightly has been like a new signing for the Premier League strugglers and even scored in the last game against Aston Villa.

C. Bellamy

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The temperamental forward signed for the club under little media hype, which has helped the Welshmen go about his business with real success while Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez have been in constant spotlight. The 32-year-old has often found himself in a wide role but has chipped in with an impressive 8 goals and 5 assists thus far.

Editor's Prediction

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is coming under increasing pressure as they fall deeper into a relegation battle and a defeat here could see the end of his tenure. Despite recent victories over Manchester United and Manchester City in Cup games Liverpool have been very inconsistent in the league, which will give the home fans hopes of an upset. McCarthy is sure to have his players pumped up for this one and I feel they could get a result though with both sides struggling for goals.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Liverpool

Wins
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1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC Wolverhampton Wanderers
Draw
Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
87%

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Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
0 - 2
Liverpool FC LIV
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
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Liverpool FC LIV
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC WOL
1 - 3
Liverpool FC LIV

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