Liverpool enjoy a big lead at the top of the Premier League and Jurgen Klopp's team are creeping ever closer to a first title since 1985/86. Mark O'Haire expects the Merseysiders to produce the goods again when Wolves arrive on Sunday...
"Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 49 Premier League home outings (W39-D10-L0) with the Reds picking up maximum points in each of their last 16 Anfield encounters, scoring at least twice in every victory."
Liverpool v Wolves
Sunday December 29, 16:30
Live on Sky Sports
Liverpool extend lead at the top
Liverpool tightened their grip on the Premier League title race as they produced a masterclass to overpower nearest challengers Leicester 4-0 on Boxing Day, extending their lead at the summit to an imposing 13 points. Jurgen Klopp's side were so dominant it is now almost impossible to see how the Merseysiders will not claim their first title in 30 years.
The Reds' slender half-time lead, courtesy of Roberto Firmino's header from a magnificent Trent Alexander-Arnold cross, did not reflect their superiority - but they turned this into a powerful statement victory after the break. Substitute James Milner scored from the spot with his first touch with Firmino and Alexander-Arnold doubling the lead shortly after.
Klopp was delighted with his team's performance that came immediately after claiming the Club World Cup in Qatar. The German boss was quick to play down suggestions that the Premier League title race was already over, suggesting Liverpool do not "feel, think about or mention" their position at the top of the table. Jordan Henderson is an injury doubt here.
Wolves produce remarkable comeback
Wolves fought back from two goals down to beat 10-man Manchester City in a memorable Premier League encounter at Molineux on Friday night. City looked as though they would make light of the 12th-minute red card shown to goalkeeper Ederson when Raheem Sterling scored twice to put the Citizens comfortably ahead only five minutes after the interval.
But Wolves, roared on by a passionate crowd, levelled through Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez before Matt Doherty won it with a shot from the edge of the area in the final minute, sparking jubilant scenes among the home fans at the final whistle. The Old Gold have now earned a divisional-high 14 points from losing positions this season.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo piled on the praise to his players post-match, saying, "It was an incredible night, the atmosphere was amazing - from the beginning until the end. I think we played good. We tried, tried and tried. We didn't change our way, and we achieved a very good performance." Defender Wily Boly remains Wolves' only major absentee.
Runaway Reds hard to oppose
Liverpool have lost just one of their 10 Premier League meetings with Wolves (W7-D2-L1), winning the last five in a row by an aggregate 12-1. The Reds have taken top honours in 15 of their past 17 top-flight tussles against the Old Gold at Anfield, recording clean sheets in 10 of the most recent 14 match-ups on Merseyside.
Liverpool 1.331/3 are unbeaten in their last 49 Premier League home outings (W39-D10-L0) with the Reds picking up maximum points in each of their last 16 Anfield encounters, scoring at least twice in every victory. The hosts have dropped only two points from their first 18 games and are worthy strong favourites to extend that stunning streak on Sunday.
Wolves 12.0011/1 have earned a reputation for disrupting the league's leading lights. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have avoided defeat at Leicester, Man City and Arsenal this term, and returned W6-D6-L6 across their 18 Premier League showdowns with Big Six opposition. The visitors also arrive unbeaten in their last seven away days (W3-D4-L0) in the top-flight.
Old Gold may notch in defeat
Liverpool have scored 87 Premier League goals in 2019 - in top-flight history the Reds have only twice plundered more in a single calendar year. However, the Merseysiders have proven far from watertight, particularly at Anfield this term. In fact, the hosts have seen Both Teams To Score bank in all bar one of their 13 games in front of their home fans.
The division's lowest scorers, Watford, are the only side not to notch at Anfield across all competitions and the Hornets had plenty of opportunity to make their mark here before Christmas. That should encourage Wolves, who've also seen both teams have find the net in each of their last eight away trips across all competitions.
Ultimately, Liverpool's relentless pursuit of a first Premier League title since 1986 should ensure Jurgen Klopp's troop take top honours, especially so with Wolves enjoying less than 48 hours turnaround from Friday night's fixture with Manchester City. With that in mind, backing Liverpool to win and Both Teams To Score makes the most appeal at 2.809/5.
Mark's 2019/20 Profit/Loss
Staked: 85.00 pts
Returned: 101.91 pts
P/L: +16.91 pts
Back Liverpool to win and Both Teams To Score at 2.80 in Liverpool v Wolves