Last year the Wolves Vs Liverpool fixture saw Fernando Torres score his last goals in a Liverpool shirt. Little did he know that he’d score more for Liverpool FC in 2011 (in just a few appearances) than he did for Chelsea in the same year.
Wolves lost this home game last year 0-3 and currently this year both teams are struggling for form in the Premier League. Whilst Liverpool’s exploits in the Cup competitions has been remarkable, removing the top 2 sides in the country simultaneously, they are on a very poor run of form in the league.
Wolves are without a win in their last 8 Premier League games and without a win in their last four home games. Liverpool are without a win in their last three league games and the same goes for their away form. A win for either side is very unlikely as both sides combined have drawn 7 out of their last twelve games. A good time for the bet on the draw then eh?
Goalscoring has been poor also. There should be goals in the game as both sides seem to be conceding more than they are scoring so it’s more that there will be some defensive mistakes rather than the fact that there will be some good forward play.
Liverpool’s most common result this season has been 1-1 with this occurring 23% of the time. Away from home their most occurring scoreline has been the 0-2 win scoreline which has happened 36% of the time. For Wolves the 1-2 loss at home has occurred 27% of the time and the 1-2 losing scoreline is also their most occurring throughout the season at 23%. Interesting.
The men to watch today are Craig Bellamy and Steven Fletcher. Both players have good seasons and finding the net regularly. Let’s do a quick comparison between the two players using our Statistical Comparison area at the EPLIndex.com Stats Centre (Subscribe Now for access to Opta stats and to write for the site)
The stats favour Craig Bellamy here. He’s started much less than Fletcher and has played almost half of the minutes yet he’s scoring goals more often (every 128 minutes to Fletcher’s 143). Bellamy is also creating chances for his team mates more often with a chance created every 27 minutes whilst Fletcher is averaging one every 71 minutes. Not only that the minutes per shot, minutes per shot on target and shooting accuracy are all favouring Craig here. However you could say that Craig hasn’t played the striker role as Fletcher has and Bellamy has had to do his jobs on the wider areas of the pitch for Liverpool and it’s only the Chance Conversion stat that favours Steven Fletcher here.
Regardless of the statistics Steven Fletcher has been excellent for Wolves this season and without him they’d be in further trouble. He’s proven that he’s the man for the big occasion scoring against Liverpool and Manchester United for that matter so he’s going to be dangerous for Liverpool tonight especially as the Wolves wingers love to whip crosses into the box. It will be interesting to see how the Liverpool defenders counter the width provided by Wolves.
Another factor is that Liverpool are playing their third match in six days and with a few of their players either injured or banned this could be the perfect time for Wolves to end their eight matches without a win or can Liverpool begin their improvement in the league with a win and try to repeat their result of last season?
If we go by the stats, this one has a draw written all over it: 1-1