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Wolves vs. Liverpool: ‘Tough test expected for runaway leaders in fascinating match-up’

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Liverpool travel to Wolves on Thursday evening (20:00 GMT) in what looks set to be their toughest test for several league fixtures.

Indeed, between this fixture and travelling to Manchester City in early April, Liverpool’s only top-half opponent (as the table stands, of course) is Southampton at home in a couple of weeks.

When pressed, Jurgen Klopp and his players repeatedly insist it is solely a first top-flight title since 1990 which they are focused on.

However, as the defiant optimism of their fans’ chant of “We’re gonna win the league” after Mohamed Salah’s late clincher against Manchester United on Sunday suggested, that mission is surely all but complete given their 13-point lead with two games in hand at the top of the table.

KYIV, UKRAINE – MAY 26, 2018: Young Liverpool supporter shows his support during the UEFA Champions League Final 2018 game against Real Madrid at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv

What may prove more interesting between now and the end of the season is how many Premier League records they can break. Not only are they looking to emulate Arsenal’s historic unbeaten campaign of 2003/04, they also have Manchester City’s record 100-points haul and 18-game winning run – both set in the 2017/18 campaign – amongst numerous other records within their sights.

The Reds are 7/10 to take their winning sequence to 14 matches at Molineux.

The draw is 14/5, with a Wolves win 19/4.

The hosts will certainly not make it easy for the runaway leaders. Wolves have comfortably recovered more points from losing positions than any other side in the league this season, and did so again at the weekend when they came from 2-0 down at half-time to beat Southampton 3-2.

With Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez in scintillating form in attack, they can beat any side on their day. Indeed, since the start of last season, Wolves are third in a mini-league of themselves and the traditional ‘big six’ clubs.

Jimenez is 5/2 to score anytime, with Traore a potential value pick at 11/2.

Pedro Neto or the returning Diogo Jota will likely take up the final spot on the left flank in Wolves’ attack, and both are 9/2 to end Liverpool’s run of seven league matches without conceding.

For the visitors, Roberto Firmino has scored all seven of his league goals away from Anfield this season and looks the value pick at 21/10.

Salah and Sadio Mané are both shorter at 7/5.

Wolves haven’t failed to score at home all season and, despite Liverpool’s ridiculous run of clean sheets, I don’t expect that to change here given their form and confidence in attacking areas. Both teams to score therefore looks decent value at 4/5.

If you’re brave enough to take Liverpool on (as I’m sure Traore will countless times down the right flank!), 4/1 on a score draw looks a decent price. More specifically, 1-1 is 7/1, 2-2 is 16/1 and 3-3 is a whopping 66/1. Liverpool haven’t conceded three goals in a league game for just over a year now, but who knows?!

No Premier League pair have directly combined for goals more frequently than Traore and Jimenez’s tally of seven (three for Traore, four for Jimenez). Jimenez scoring from a Traore assist is 9/1, with 22/1 available on the reverse.

Lastly, given his all-action style and occasional wind-up antics, 9/2 on Andrew Robertson being booked looks a decent price given he will be directly up against Traore. 6/1 is also huge odds for Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho, who has been booked on six occasions this season and may find himself in Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dribbling zones at times. The double pays 40/1.

I'm a freelance sports journalist who has worked for Goal & Bleacher Report amongst others. Get in touch, you're more than welcome to do so via Twitter.

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