Wolves can spring a Cup surprise

There is an all-Premier League FA Cup tie at Molineux on Monday night, when Wolves face Liverpool in the third round.

These two teams met in the fourth round two seasons ago and it was the then-Championship club that caused a shock when coming out on top on Merseyside.

Wanderers can take advantage of Reds title bid

Having won at Anfield in 2016-17, Wolves will have their sights set on knocking Liverpool out of the competition for the second time in three seasons.

The two teams have already met in the league this term, with Jurgen Klopp’s men running out 2-0 victors in the week leading up to Christmas.

In fact, the Reds have an excellent recent record at Molineux – having won on their last three visits to the home of Wolves – but this game gives the hosts the perfect chance to end that run, with Wolves a tempting 3.95 to claim the victory.

With the Merseysiders holding a healthy lead at the top of the Premier League – despite defeat to Man City this week – and with the Champions League returning next month, there is every chance that Klopp will rest a number of key players.

Liverpool (7.50 to lift the trophy) haven’t got past the fourth round in the last three seasons and this is a tricky looking test against a team that have shown their quality this term.

Wolves are sat comfortably in mid-table in the Premier League, although their home form has been patchy – with four wins in 12 home matches in all competitions.

But their recent league victory at Tottenham highlights their ability to challenge the top teams and they should pose a stiff test for the seven-time FA Cup winners.

Attack from both sides

The last thing that either team will want, after a hectic festive period, is a replay, so expect both sides to go for it from the first whistle.

Liverpool have only failed to score three times in 27 matches in all competitions this season, while Wolves have not found the net in two of their last eight fixtures.

Both teams to score in this match can be backed at 1.76, while a Wolves win and BTTS is currently available at 6.40. Four of the last five meetings between the two sides have had seen three goals score – Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 1.83.

If you want to consider a flutter in the goalscorer markets, it’s worth thinking outside of the bigger names that have been shining in the league.

With some of the big stars likely to be rested, it’s worth looking at the likes of Daniel Sturridge (2.20), Adam Lallana (4.90) and Xherdan Shaqiri (3.15) in the anytime scorer market.

Raul Jimenez has scored twice in the last four games for Wolves, with the Mexican frontman available at 7.75 to score the first goal on Monday.

With no fear of relegation and unlikely to qualify for Europe via the league, Nuno Espirito Santo should see this as the perfect chance to enjoy a good cup run, especially if they can see off one of the favourites.

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