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Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 3/4
This week is round 11 of the 2020/21 Premier League season, and there should be a lot of interesting things to watch. The match that should possibly attract the most attention will be the North London Derby on Sunday afternoon, closely followed by the clash between Liverpool and Wolvrhampton Wanderers at Anfield in the evening.
Jurgen Klopp and his team will be happy with what they have done in the Champions League so far. Their 1-0 victory against Ajax means that they are now guaranteed not only to reach the knockout stages, but also to finish atop Group D, leaving the Dutch team to battle Atalanta on the final matchday for second place. . They will have no worries in the world when they travel to Denmark to play Midtjylland next week.
As for the Premier League, they are not far from the top either, with 21 points in the bag, meaning they are currently second to Tottenham Hotspur in more goal difference despite a severe injury crisis that hit them. hard this season.
The Merseysiders have won three of the last six games they played in all competitions, tied twice and lost once.
Klopp, of course, does not have the services of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Neither center-back is likely to play again this season as they suffered serious knee injuries. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker is out with a hamstring problem, as is midfielder James Milner. Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri have been missing for a while and are not ready to return either.
The good news for Liverpool fans is that Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita have returned to team practice and could be included in the squad, although they are unlikely to play the full 90 minutes.
Joel Matip will likely be paired with midfielder-turned-defender Fabinho at the heart of defense. Young Neco Williams could be given another outing down the right flank, along with Curtis Jones in midfield. It will also be interesting to see if Klopp puts Caoimhin Kelleher between the posts ahead of Adrian, after the 22-year-old put in a fantastic performance against Ajax.
The night will likely hold special significance for Diogo Jota, who left the Wolves to join Liverpool in a £ 45 million deal this summer.
The Wolves finished the 2019/20 season in seventh place, and after 10 rounds this season, they are once again in the same place with 17 points to their name, but that’s just four less than the duo at the top, two less than Chelsea. third, one to Leicester City in fourth, and the same as West Ham United and Southampton in fifth and sixth, respectively. They then suffered a belated heartbreak, needing Chelsea to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final to get a place in the Europa League, but it went to the Gunners along with the trophy. Coach Nuno Espirito Santo and his players hope to have better luck next summer.
It’s fair to say that the Wolves got their revenge last week by beating Arsenal at the Emirates, and that result will certainly give them a dose of confidence when they face the Premier League champions at Anfield on Sunday, but they lost Raúl Jiménez in That game later the forward suffered a skull fracture in a head collision with David Luiz.
The Wolves have exactly the same record as Liverpool in their last six games, three wins, two draws and one loss, the only difference being that they all played in the league.
Espirito Santo used a back three system in every game in charge of the team until two weeks ago, when he surprised many with a back four for the first time. So it worked well so he held firm against Arsenal and was even better.
Romain Saiss tested positive for Covid-19 but has recovered and he o Maximilian Kilman could be the fourth man in defense if the coach decides not to revert to his old formation. Along with Jiménez, Espírito Santo does not have full-back Jonny Castro Otto.
Pedro Neto, Adama Traore and Daniel Podence are likely to start after playing very well at Emirates, young Fabio Silva could take Jiménez’s place up front, while Rubén Neves and Joao Moutinho should be selected to keep the strong in the middle of the field.
Liverpool have become very difficult to predict this season. We’ve seen some wonderful performances from the champions, especially when they thrashed Leicester 3-0 two weeks ago, but on the other hand, they were completely saddened in the 7-2 loss to Aston Villa and completely lifeless when they lost. at home to Atalanta in the Champions League. It’s also worth remembering that the Reds have not tasted defeat in 64 league games at their stadium.
Wolves have also shown the ability to surprise and disappoint under Espírito Santo. It should be a close game, a game with good margins as they say, but it seems more than likely that both teams will find a way to get the ball into the back of the net.
Verdict: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 3/4