Wolves are set to take on Arsenal at Molineux on Saturday, 4 July 2020, in their bid to reach the Premier League top four.
Arsenal have failed to beat Wolves since the Midlands outfit returned to the English top-flight last season (2 draws, 1 defeat), as their most recent meeting was a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium on 2 November 2019.
However, prior to Wolves' 3-1 home victory in April 2019, Arsenal had won their four Premier League visits to Molineux with at least a two-goal margin.
Wolves Betting Preview
Nuno Espirito Santo's men achieved another important victory on their way to shuffle the top four pack. The 1-0 win against Midlands rivals Aston Villa was Wolves' somehow anticipated, though you can never be certain about these type of games.
Wolves are flawless since the beginning of Project Restart and they have already won three consecutive matches since a goalless draw against Brighton before the break. Moreover, Nuno Espirito Santo's side have kept a clean sheet in each of these three victories and in seven of their last eight Premier League matches.
Wolves can boast the joint third best away record in the Premier League, but they're not particularly convincing at home, winning just six of their 16 matches at the Molineux so far (6-7-3).
Nuno Espirito Santo opted for a 3-5-2 formation against Aston Villa, with his decision to start Leander Dendoncker in midfield being crucial as the Belgian midfielder scored the only goal at Villa Park.
Adama Traore was surprisingly left on the bench again and it's yet to be seen what would be Nuno Espirito Santo's approach for this one – will he field a 3-5-2 formation, with Diogo Jota alongside Raul Jimenez up front, or he would opt for a 3-4-3 with Traore in the starting XI. A 3-5-2 with Traore alongside top goalscorer Raul Jimenez is another possibility.
Nuno Espirito Santo otherwise has no reason to make changes to the squad that inspired Wolves' Champions League dream after the break.
Arsenal Betting Preview
The 4-0 victory over rock-bottom Norwich City in midweek was Arsenal's first home match since English football returned to action and Mikel Arteta's men have climbed to seventh place, one point above their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who have a game in hand as they'll visit 10th-placed Sheffield United (two points below Arsenal) on Thursday.
After the comfortable win against Norwich City on Wednesday, who seem to be preparing themselves for a return to the Championship next season, Mikel Arteta's side will face the likes of Wolves, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool (in this order), before the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on 19 July.
The upcoming tricky schedule will be a stern test for Arsenal's ability and Mikel Arteta will hope to build on their current form. The Gunners registered back-to-back victories in the Premier League and three across all competitions since a dramatic 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Brighton on 20 June.
All in all, after the four consecutive draws between 11 January and 2 February, Arsenal have won five of their last seven Premier League matches despite their well-known defensive issues.
First-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno remains sidelined for Arsenal, so Emiliano Martinez should once again start in goal, but the defensive concerns of Mikel Arteta remain considerable.
Winter arrival Pablo Mari picked up an ankle injury and is sidelined for the foreseeable future, so David Luiz and Sokratis are expected to build up Arsenal's centre-back pairing if Arteta opts for a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Sead Kolasinac can again be used at centre-back, especially if Mikel Arteta opts for a formation with three centre-backs and Kieran Tierney starts at left wing back.
Cedric Soares enjoyed a remarkable debut with the Arsenal jersey as the Euro 2016 Champion, who arrived from Southampton in January, came on as a 77th-minute substitute against Norwich and scored only a few minutes later. The Portuguese right-back could challenge Hector Bellerin, though the latter is expected to keep his starting spot.
Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli are also injured for the North London outfit, while playmaker Mesut Ozil and defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira could be in contention to make the matchday squad.
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (19 goals in 30 Premier League matches) scored a brace against Norwich City to end his goal drought. Furthermore, the 31-years-old Gabonese forward has equalled Jamie Vardy at the top of the Premier League's goalscoring chart.
Youngster Eddie Nketiah, who scored for the 2-0 win at Southampton, could start up front as Alexandre Lacazette has been far from convincing in the past few weeks.
Possible Starting Lineups of Wolves and Arsenal
Wolves: Rui Patricio – Romain Saiss, Conor Coady, Willy Boly – Jonny, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker, Matt Doherty – Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore. (3-5-2)
Arsenal: Emiliano Martínez – Sead Kolasinac, David Luiz, Sokratis – Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe. (3-4-3)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Wolves are injury free for another week, well-rested, in-form and full of confidence, so they are +120 favorites to beat Arsenal, whose chances are +225 (@ Intertops).
Considering that Wolves hardly concede, bookies are reasonably expecting a low-scoring game at the Molineux. On the other hand, we must also consider Arsenal's defensive vulnerability, as well as their attacking potential so it makes sense to bet on goals when Mikel Arteta's side are playing.
Furthermore, both teams have scored in each of their three matches since Wolves returned to the Premier League and whereas the home side will likely take advantage of Arsenal's poor defending, The Gunners also have a powerful attacking potential to unleash.