Wolves v Liverpool
Not only did Wolves show in the original tie at Anfield that they were well capable of giving Liverpool a game but they have demonstrated a real improvement in the level of their performance since the arrival of Julen Lopetegui.
The players already look comfortable in the 4-3-3 system that Lopetegui favours. A young, athletic and strong central defensive pairing of Nathan Collins and Max Kilman gives them a good base to play from and with a quality player such as Ruben Neves to pull the strings in midfield there is always a good chance of using the ball well. Wolves’ problem has been scoring enough goals but Daniel Podence has found some form in front of goal and the recent addition of Matheus Cunha will add even more pace, movement and skill to the forward line.
As for Liverpool, they come into this match looking completely lost. Brighton deservedly beat them convincingly at the weekend and the gaps in their midfield look unfillable at the moment, regardless of the players they put in there. The season already looks a complete write-off in the league but it is concerning that they looked vulnerable to Wolves in the first tie at Anfield as well if they aim to make the FA Cup a priority to try and win some silverware.
Liverpool aren’t far off even money, which in normal circumstances might be seen as a bet. However, given the outline above and the fact that Wolves are full of confidence and well organised where Liverpool really aren’t, I’d much rather take the other option of Wolves Double Chance and have the win and a potential period of extra time and penalties on my side.
West Brom v Chesterfield
The Baggies are full of goals at the moment under Carlos Corberan. Obviously the initial tie finished 3-3 but Corberan’s men also scored three at the weekend coming back from 0-2 at Luton.
Up until the away game at Chesterfield, West Brom had been very tight defensively. A changed line up may have contributed to the problems in dealing with the National League side, however, regardless of whether West Brom are solid defensively in this game or not, they have plenty in attack to perhaps nudge them over the 2.5 goal line without Chesterfield contributions.
Two goal Brandon Thomas-Asante won’t be available here after his highly controversial elbow in the build-up to the late equaliser lead to a retrospective three game ban being allocated to him. However, this may mean that Corberan will be forced to deploy someone like Daryl Dike or Jed Wallace from the start which would certainly not make the Championship side any weaker.
Chesterfield showed at Saltergate in the first match between the clubs that they carry plenty of goal threat. Armando Dobra is likely to be a watched man in the return fixture but the depth of options for the Spireites is excellent with Kabongo Tshimanga and Akwasi Asante coming off the bench in the last game.
West Brom haven’t failed to score in a game since Carlos Corberan took charge and Chesterfield have averaged 2.5 goals per game by themselves in their last eight at National League level. An early goal either way in this match, as there were plenty of last time, and I think this fixture could really light up.
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