England Premier League
Sunday 22nd May 2022
Kick off at 4pm BST
Liverpool are just one point behind Manchester City as the two clubs come into the final game of the season both needing wins. City have a point advantage and also a better goal difference. It looks like a tough ask for Liverpool to pull it off and add to their 2020 title and they would need to win and hope that City either lose or draw in their final game against Aston Villa.
Liverpool have earned 13 points from their last 15 and haven’t lost in the league this year. In between that they have won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup and reached the final of the Champions League, it has been quite a season for Jurgen Klopp’s team. In any other season Liverpool would have easily been crowned champions but the tussle with City has brought the standard of football up a few levels between these teams. Indeed Liverpool’s recent 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham felt like a surprise that is how high the bar now is.
At home there has been no better side this season and from 18 games it is 14 wins and four draws. The Reds are the only side to be unbeaten so far in front of their home fans. With 46 goals they haven’t scored the most at home that honour goes to Manchester City but they have conceded the least with just 8 goals so far shipped. Liverpool have won their last two games by the same score line of 2-1 with wins over Villa and Southampton.
Wolves European hopes have been shot to bits and they may even give up 8th place by the end of play. It’s been a poor end to the campaign from Bruno Lage’s side who are clearly tired and have been safe for some time but no European football will feel like a kicker to the club after a hard fought season. It’s been just two points earned from their last 15 and on the road it’s been four games since their last win which came against Everton. Away form overall has been decent though and indeed the club got more points on the road. Their last match ended in an impressive 2-2 draw against Chelsea after trailing that one 2-0.
Liverpool: Fabinho could be involved in this game after his muscle injury. Joseph Gomez will be assessed after his ankle injury and is only 50/50. Mohamed Salah has recovered from a muscle injury, he could return for the final home game but looks set to start from the bench. Virgil van Dijk will be assessed for his calf but could get the nod to play.
Wolves: Romain Saiss has been ruled out because of his knock, Nelson Semedo and Max Kilman are out for the season.
Liverpool vs Wolves Head to Head:
Earlier in the season in the reverse fixture Liverpool won 1-0.
Liverpool have won the last six meetings.
In 2017 Wolves beat Liverpool away from home in an FA Cup match but Wolves have not away in the league in 12 years.
Liverpool vs Wolves Prediction:
Liverpool have been superior to Wolves in every way but a lot of their fixtures have been very close, we don’t expect to see that on Sunday. Liverpool will be aggressive and bullish and will aim to score early. Wolves can blow hot and cold and can’t be taken too lightly but it will be the overall quality of this Liverpool team that should come through in the end. Forget if Manchester City are cruising against Aston Villa, the way this club works they won’t drop their heads. This is a game that if it turns out cannot be the title winning one then the players will be instructed to do it for the fans, as the curtain comes down on another incredible season.
It looks certain that Diogo Jota will play an advanced role and expect Luis Diaz to create plenty of chances. Mohamed Salah may well start from the bench so we will concentrate on different players to find the goals for the Reds. Liverpool as expected are big odds on so look into different markets. What is clear is that City will have to win if they are to keep their title.
Liverpool vs Wolves Betting Tips:
Half Time Correct Score: Liverpool winning 1-0 or 2-0 at 3.25 and 5.00
Anytime goalscorer: Diogo Jota at 2.00
Anytime goalscorer: Luis Diaz at 2.50