In one of Saturday’s top matches, Arsenal will battle Wolves in a game that could have huge implications in terms of European qualifying for next season.
While Wolves are a lot closer to these spots than Arsenal, both groups feel their success will be dictated on whether or not they qualify. Wolverhampton are still pushing for the Champions League, and Arsenal will likely be content just sneaking into a Europa League spot given their run of bad form.
Wolverhampton have been dominant since the restart, going three-for-three in terms of wins. They’ve scored four times, and have yet to concede. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo continues to get the best out of his roster, and they now trail 4th-place Chelsea by just two points.
For the Gunners, it’s been a bit of a roller-coaster since returning to the pitch in early June. But they seem to have settled down, and after throttling lowly Norwich mid-week, Mikael Arteta seems to finally have found a lineup he believes in.
The reverse fixture when these sides last met finished in a 1-1 draw, and with bigger stakes on the line this time around, it should provide for a tense encounter. Read on beneath the posted odds for matchup analysis, team news, and a betting prediction for Arsenal vs. Wolves this Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal vs. Wolves Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (+125)
Under 2.5 (-145)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Arsenal vs. Wolves Pick:
With a big-rest under their collective belts, and no fresh injury concerns, the Wolves continue to be riding high since the restart. They’re clearly the in-form side from all the Premier League clubs, and though this team may lack one or two big star-names, it’s clear that Nuno Espirito Santo continues to get the best out of this plucky group.
Look for the Wolves to lineup in a 3-5-2 formation, hoping to bog down and neutralize a lot of Arsenal’s skill and speed in the midfield. The Wolves play very well without the ball, and show great structure and discipline throughout. Up front is where they have some gamebreakers, namely Raul Jimenez and arguably the fastest man in the Premier League, Adama Traore. That duo continue to show excellent cohesion and form, and both could be in line for positive moments against a horrid Arsenal back-line.
Arsenal’s fortunes meanwhile have likely improved coming off of their big win at Norwich. That said, the Wolves represent a real step-up in terms of class and they will quickly find that out. Arsenal will continue to be vulnerable within defense, as Arteta continues to select the slow-footed David Luiz at centre-back. There’s no way he maintains pace with the likes of Traore and Jimenez.
Where the Gunners have been better though has been with their midfield and attack play. Kieran TIerney and Hector Bellerin can fly from the flanks, while up top their strikers should be able to generate some chances at goal. Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are an elite front-three, and a group that definitely could trouble a usually steady Wolves’ defense.
With so much on the line here, expect a more tense outing than usual. Both sides have skill in attack, but these managers will surely be weary about over-committing too many players forward. Ultimately, there seems to be some great value on the draw. Wolves cannot out-skill Arsenal, and the quality of the Gunners’ attack will challenge Santo’s side. On the other hand, the Gunners’ back-line isn’t good enough to maintain a clean sheet, so the value rests firmly with a scoring draw on Saturday.
Pick: 1-1 Arsenal/Wolves