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Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Arsenal

Veselin Trajkovic in Free Soccer Predictions 23 Apr 2019

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Verdict: Wolves win.

Best odds: 5/2

Bookmaker: Bet365

Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to welcome Arsenal to the Molineux Stadium on Wednesday evening in a game that will see both teams play for the 35th time in the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Wolverhampton

Wolves have been somewhat of an enigma this season. Their overall success cannot be disputed given that they are one of the three teams that earned promotion to the top flight last summer, and they were the first of the three to secure themselves from relegation. They now sit in 10th place, but only one point separates them from Everton in seventh, which leads to the Europa League qualifications.

They will, therefore, be highly motivated to raise hell against any opposition coming to the Molineux at this point, and they have already proved capable of that even against the best.

Team News

It’s a rare thing to say, especially in the Premier League, but Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has the full squad at his disposal for this game.

Arsenal

Given the transition the club is going through at the moment, it cannot be said that the Gunners have been unsuccessful this season. They still aim to do better than last time around and make the top four, while also chasing Europa League glory.

However, their away record has been very poor considering, and their confidence will have suffered a significant blow after their defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday. The need for points is very real, and they will surely look to make up for the ground lost to the Eagles.

Team News

The season has long been over for forward Danny Welbeck, as well as defenders Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey may yet return before the end of his Arsenal career (he will join Juventus this summer as a free agent), but not on Wednesday. The game will also come too soon for Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez, while Granit Xhaka needs to be assessed. Centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos is set to return following a two-match ban.

Conclusion

Arsenal certainly have the quality to win three points here, but they do have the ability to snap out of a stupor and come back after a poor result; they’ve shown that more than once already this season. But will they?

Realistically speaking, they may find the Wolves team, nicely organized by the Portuguese coach, more than they had bargained for. Let’s wait and see.

Verdict: Wolves win.

Best odds: 5/2

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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