Wolves will be hoping to redeem their FA Cup defeat to Norwich City as they host Arsenal on Thursday evening at Molineux Stadium. The Wolves are riding a three-game winning streak in the title game, but they will face a stiff challenge in the midweek matchup. Raul Jimenez returns from international service, but Hwang and Neto are expected to miss out owing to unfitness.
On the other hand, the Gunners resume play without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who signed for Barcelona in the last transfer window. Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line in his absence. In any case, a tight battle is expected at Molineux Arena, and we feel that betting on Arsenal to win offers significant value. Cedric Soares, the defender, will be evaluated before kick-off.
Wolverhampton vs. Arsenal Match Preview, Possible Lineups, and Team News
Wolves lacked forward bite against the Canaries in the FA Cup fourth round without Adama Traore’s customary breaking sprints down the right flank and fell out in front of their supporters.
Kenny McLean’s first-half header was enough for Norwich City to break past a staunch Wolves defense and move to the fifth round. Lage’s men aim to recover and strengthen their European hopes inside the Premier League at the cost of the Gunner’s.
The defeat to Norwich snapped a four-game undefeated streak in all competitions for Lage’s side. The Wolves enter the match having won their past three Premier League games – a run that has seen them climb to eighth place, four points outside the Champions League places, with a game in hand.
For a team with a genuine chance of finishing in the top four, having the third-worst scores tally of 19 indicates where Wolves’ demise may lie. Only Manchester City (14) have conceded fewer goals than the Molineux club (16).
Meanwhile, eight of Wolverhampton’s Premier League goals came at Molineux. Wolves won only one of their past four league games – yet Gunner’s lack of attacking spark is frequently highlighted.
Arsenal supporters had a feeling of Mesut Ozil in the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Barca controversy. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another £300,000+ per week star alienated from the club and allowed to depart for free following a big-money acquisition.
Many point to the 32-year-old’s poor contributions to this campaign. Others will point to a lack of January action to offset Aubameyang’s departure, leaving Mikel Arteta with only two central possibilities for the rest of this season. They are Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette, who are soon-to-be free agents.
Arsenal fans are not pleased with their club’s failure to sign Alexander Isak, Dusan Vlahovic, or Dominic Calvert-Lewin especially following a goalless draw against Burnley before the international break.
Arsenal have the top four to battle with, and they enter Thursday’s match sixth in the table. They are within arm’s reach of Man Utd – who’ve already played one more game. The burden is on the dwindling attack to deliver to get to the Champions League spot.
Arsenal heads to Molineux on a two-game unbeaten run away from Emirates in the Premier League. However, the away supporters will recall last season’s Molineux disaster, when David Luiz and Bernd Leno received red cards, contributing to a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.
Wolves Probable Starting Lineup:
Jose Sa; Conor Coady, Max Kilman, Romain Saiss; Leander Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Nelson Semedo, Rayan Ait-Nouri; Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence
Arsenal Probable Starting Lineup:
Aaron Ramsdale; Gabriel, Cedric Soares, Kieran Tierney, Ben White; Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Alexandre Lacazette
Wolverhampton vs. Arsenal Scoreline prediction, No BTTS, and Under 2.5 Goals
To begin, we predict only Arsenal to score in this game, based on their recent results. Only two of Wolverhampton’s past six matches have seen both teams score. The Wolves failed to score during two of those matches. Only one of Gunner’s previous six matches has seen both sides score. Arsenal failed to score in any of the last four encounters.
Three of the previous six encounters between the two clubs have ended in under 2.5 goals. We anticipate another low-scoring encounter on Thursday night. Three of Wolves’ past six matches have also ended with fewer than 2.5 goals. In all competitions, gunner’s previous four fixtures have ended with fewer than 2.5 goals.
Wolverhampton will have to put in a solid performance to compete against the Arsenal team that we believe will score a goal and run out winners. As a result, we predict it will be a tight game, with Arsenal winning 0 – 1.