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Wolves v Arsenal – Preview, Predictions, and Best Bets

Wolves face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Saturday evening at Molineux.

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Wolves face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Saturday evening at Molineux. The hosts sit joint-bottom of the table with a paltry eight goals scored all season in 14 matches. The visitors are top of the table having won 11 of 13 fixtures so far thanks to the league’s best defensive record. Wolves have won two of their last four home fixtures against Arsenal and may prove a banana skin.

Wolves Form

Wolves got a morale-boosting 1-0 home win against Leeds in the Carabao Cup in midweek but their league form is dire. Their last eight matches have seen six losses and the side have failed to score in four of those eight fixtures. After three successive losses to zero, they won 1-0 at home to bottom-placed Nottingham Forest.

Since that win, they were beaten 2-1 at Crystal Palace and 4-0 at home by Leicester, who scored from four of their five shots in the match. A 1-1 draw at Brentford was a positive result before losing 3-2 at home to Brighton last weekend. They led 2-1 before Nelson Semedo was red carded on the stroke of half-time.

Wolves Team News

Steven Davis remains in caretaker charge until Julen Lopetegui takes over during the World Cup break. He is without Diego Costa up front due to suspension but Nelson Semedo has served his suspension and can start at right back.

Raul Jimenez remains out injured up front, whilst Sasa Kalajdzic is out long-term and so is Pedro Neto. Goncalo Guedes could play up front with Adama Traore recalled down the right flank.

Wolves Motivation

Wolves barely score goals and their matches often prove low-scoring. They would take a point from this match without a doubt.

Despite not scoring often, they have a decent amount of the ball in midfield so don’t be surprised if Arsenal sit off at times and allow Wolves to have the ball, knowing that they lack cutting edge.

Arsenal Form

Arsenal have been sensational this season with 11 wins in 13 Premier League fixtures. They lost 3-1 at home to Brighton in the Carabao Cup in midweek but they rested 10 of their usual starting XI. The only team to beat the Gunners in the league this season was Man Utd, a 3-1 reverse back in September. Their next 14 fixtures in all competitions have yielded 11 wins.

Since losing at Man Utd, Arsenal have won six of their seven league fixtures. The one match where they dropped points came in a 1-1 draw at Southampton, before losing 2-0 at PSV. The following two league matches saw a 5-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest and a fine 1-0 win at Chelsea last weekend.

Arsenal Team News

The Gunners have almost a full squad. Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu are the two who are expected to miss out. Ten of the likely XI didn’t start in midweek so Arsenal will be fresh.

Mikel Arteta is set to name the same team that won at Stamford Bridge with Bukayo Saka fit to play down the right wing. Oleksandr will be preferred to Kieran Tierney at left back.

Arsenal Motivation

The Gunners are top of the table and face the 19th-placed side. Anything less than a win will feel like a defeat for Mikel Arteta’s side.

They will play on the front foot, look to dominate possession, and will continue with their very solid ‘rest defence’ setup to stop opposition counter-attacks.

Key Stats

Wolves have scored a league-low 8 PL goals this season

Wolves have lost 3 of their last 4 home PL matches

Wolves have won 2 of their last 4 home meetings with Arsenal

Arsenal have taken the most points in the PL away from home (16 in 7 matches)

Arsenal have lost 1 of their last 7 away PL matches          

Arsenal have kept 5 clean sheets in their 7 away fixtures this season (PL)

Verdict

It’s hard to look past Arsenal winning this match, especially considering their rock-solid defence vs a very goal-shy Wolves side. A win to zero looks like the best bet.

Best Bet: Arsenal win to zero at 2.65
Multiplier Leg: Arsenal Win at 1.54
Correct Score Tip: Wolves 0-2 Arsenal at 7.00

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James is a football analyst who writes about the tactics of the PSL and English Premier League. He holds the UEFA A coaching licence and has previously worked for several clubs in analysis roles.Twitter: https://twitter.com/footy_analysis

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