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Premier League

  • January 31, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 27447

Premier League Preview: Wolves - Liverpool

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


Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward
Kightly, Milijas, Edwards, Jarvis
Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher

Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Kuyt, Gerrard, Henderson, Adam, Bellamy
Wolves are short in the center 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 favor, 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 center of midfield.

  • In the last meeting between the two sides at Molineux Liverpool was a 3-0 winner with Fernando Torres scoring twice – the last goals he scored for the club before his 50 million pound 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 Dec. 4.
  • Liverpool has registered just one Premier League away victory in its last five attempts.
  • Mick McCarthy’s (right) men are on a current run of nine Premier League games without a win.
  • Kenny Dalglish’s side is also on a dip in the league at the moment – winning just once in its 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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