2018-19 FA Cup: Third Round – Monday

This weekend’s FA Cup action reaches its climax at Molineux as Wolverhampton Wanderers meet Liverpool in an all Premier League clash. 

Having beaten Liverpool at Anfield two years ago in the Fourth Round, Wolves will be hoping to become Jurgen Klopp’s cup bogey team whilst the Reds look to reach the Fourth Round for an eighth consecutive season. 

 

Team news

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Wolves have a full squad available after Diogo Jota returned to full training following a hamstring injury, which kept him out of their last four matches. 

Romain Saiss is also available despite limping off against Crystal Palace with a knock in midweek.

Joe Gomez and Joel Matip won’t feature for Liverpool as the pair close in on a return from respective leg and collarbone injuries. 

Simon Mignolet will start in goal whilst Alberto Moreno will play in defence amongst many changes set to be made from the midweek defeat at Manchester City. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain a long-term absentee for the Reds as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Wolves have won four of their six FA Cup meetings with Liverpool (W4, L2). 
  • Four of those meetings came at Molineux with Wolves winning last two 7-2 on aggregate. 
  • Liverpool have won four of last five meetings in all competitions, keeping clean sheets in three games at Molineux during that run. 
  • In six of last seven seasons, Wolves have been knocked out at this stage with the only exception being 2017-18 season in which they reached fifth round whilst beating Liverpool en route in the fourth round.
  • Liverpool have won just five of last 18 matches played in January across all competitions (W5, D5, L8). 

 

Prediction

Wolves will be up for this given their habit of troubling the big boys this season and the more changes Liverpool make, the better. 

I however wonder if Klopp might be calling Wolves’ bluff with talks of several changes and might instead only make a few alternations to his starting eleven. 

If it’s wholesale changes for Liverpool then I fancy Wolves to go and win this but if not and just the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino result, a draw would be a decent bet here. 

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Liverpool

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