The reigning Premier League champions will be at Molineux in two days’ time, where both Wolves and Liverpool will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the top-flight, but here are five things to know ahead of Monday Night Football.
1. FEED OUR PACK FIXTURE
Monday night will be a very special match against Liverpool at Molineux. Not only will Wolves be inviting the reigning Premier League champions to the Black Country, but the game is also the club’s designated Feed Our Pack fixture. This means there will be lots of awareness being made around Wolves Foundation’s brilliant initiative, which is supporting local foodbanks to help combat Holiday Hunger.
Some of the things supporters can get involved in already is purchasing a virtual ticket for the match, with the entire £20 going straight to the campaign. When they step out to play against Liverpool, former Red and current Wolves captain Conor Coady, as well as his Wolves teammates will be wearing special edition Feed Our Pack shirts, which will feature the initiative’s logo on the front, and they can be purchased here, with £15 going to those in need.
2. ONE YEAR ON
Today marks a whole year since football was brought to a sudden stop due to the Covid-19 pandemic. When the Premier League announced the 2019/20 season was going to be postponed, initially until 4th April before that date was pushed further and further back, Wolves were out in Athens having just played a Europa League last 16 first leg against Olympiacos.
Wolves.co.uk has taken a look back at that first game behind closed doors, as well as the subsequent Premier League suspension, the uncertainty of those initial few weeks of lockdown and how much the game we all love has changed dramatically in the past 12 months in our latest long read feature, which you can read here.
3. FACING THE CHAMPIONS
With the reigning Premier League winners arriving at Wolves on Monday evening, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be looking at extending their unbeaten home record against the previous season’s top-flight champions. In their first season back in the Premier League, Wolves faced the 2017/18 winners Manchester City in their second match at Molineux and earned a 1-1 draw.
Last season, Manchester City were once again the champions when they arrived in the West Midlands for the 2019 festive fixture, and Wolves went one better than the previous year, coming back from two goals down to win the match 3-2. That victory was relived by Romain Saiss this week, with the defender selecting the fightback for his episode of Wolves’ ‘My Golden Game’ podcast.
Click here to listen to an unmissable episode.
"I watched the screen and I saw 3-2, and I said ‘What the **** is this?! I forgot we conceded a goal in the second half!"— Wolves (@Wolves) March 10, 2021
This podcast has to be heard to be believed 😂
Romain Saiss thought we were winning 2-1 before Doherty's last-minute winner against Man City!
4. FIRST-HALF IMPROVEMENTS
Wolves will be boosted by their recent upturn in form which has seen the side lose just one of their last seven Premier League matches having lost four of their previous six. But even in last Saturday’s goalless draw with Aston Villa, Nuno’s men were not able to overcome their worrying trend of coming out of the blocks slow in the first-half before improving following the break.
The head coach spoke at length in his pre-match press conference on what the team have been doing to try and overcome this issue, and insisted that his team goes into every game trying to be at their best from the first moment. But Nuno acknowledged that something needed to change and that will be their aim when they face Liverpool. If they were to put a whole 90-minute performance together and win the match, it would be the first time this season Wolves won back-to-back home Premier League fixtures.
Don’t ever forget that in front of you is another team full of talent, in every Premier League match, who have the gameplan and the ability to be better during some moments and during some details of the game.
5. IN NEED OF THREE POINTS
Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team will be in dire need of three Premier League points having lost six of their last seven matches, with their only win in that time coming against rock-bottom Sheffield United. However, recent history looks to be in favour of the Reds, who are unbeaten in their last seven league trips to Molineux, dating back to 1981.
Without their first choice centre-half pair, but with former Wolves man Diogo Jota returning to Molineux, Liverpool arrive having got back to winning ways by picking up a morale-boosting victory in their Champions League clash with RB Leipzig in midweek, and Klopp will be hoping the result will act as a turning point. But they also beat Leipzig back in February before going on to lose three of their next four.