Wednesday 24 April: 7.45pm KO
An important game for both of these clubs in term of qualification for European competition next season. Wolves want to get into the Europa League, while that’s the last thing their opponents Arsenal are aiming to achieve this season.
Of the three teams promoted to the Premier League last season, only Wolverhampton Wanderers have covered themselves with any kind of glory. Unlike Fulham (already relegated) and Cardiff City (most likely on their way down), Wolves are 10th in the table and only a point behind the seventh place that might just get them into next season’s Europa League.
A win over Arsenal will take them up to seventh place unless Watford (who Wolves play on Saturday) can beat Southampton on Tuesday evening. You can get odds of 23/10 (3.3) at Paddy Power on Wolves getting a top-seven finish this season. Their Europa League qualification hopes were dealt a blow on Saturday when being held to a goalless draw at home by a stubborn Brighton and Hove Albion.
Before that draw, Wolves had won four of their previous five home league games. In all, they are unbeaten in their last six home league fixtures and a double chance bet on them to win or draw this game is 8/15 (1.52) at Ladbrokes.
They do have an impressive record against sides in the top six. Manchester City only drew at Molineux, while United have lost away to Wolves in both the Premier League and FA Cup. Chelsea have also lost an away league game to Wolves and it’s 2/1 (3.0) at BetVictor that Wolves can win this game.
Arsenal also failed to win at the weekend as they lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace. That came just three days after they won away in Napoli to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League. Arsenal are to win that competition this season, a feat that would take them into the Champions League next season.
If they can’t win the Europa League, then they will have to finish in the top four of the Premier League to qualify. After the weekend results, they are fifth in the table, a point behind Chelsea but with a game in hand. They are only a point behind Tottenham (from level games) but with Spurs home to Brighton on Tuesday, that gap is likely to widen further.
You can get odds of 8/11 (1.72) at Coral on Arsenal finishing in the top four. Bet365 wlll give you odds of 13/10 (2.3) on them failing to make it into the top four for the third successive season. If they don’t make it, then they can put a lot of blame onto their away performances.
Arsenal were appalling on their travels last season but under their new boss seem to have solved the problem. However, only two of their last ten away league games have been won. That form has to improve in the next few weeks as three of their last four league games are away from home. The odds on them winning at Molineux are 6/4 (2.5) at Betfair.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 20 games against Wolverhampton Wanderers with the Midlands club not winning since 1979. Five of the last six games played between these two sides have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. There are odds of that stat coming up in this game are 10/11 (1.91) with Unibet.
Wolves have a fully-fit squad at present. Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey and have doubts over Denis Suarez and Granit Xhaka. Sokratis Papastathopoulos has completed his two-match suspension.
Another Goal for Pierre?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on target again for Arsenal on Sunday. He’s scored in the last two Arsenal league games and is 6/4 (2.5) at 888sport to score in this game. He’s currently level on 19 league goals with Sergio Aguero and is 7/2 (4.5) with Betfred to be the Premier League’s top scorer this season.
Both teams could do with three points from this match. Wolves should have beaten Brighton on Saturday but seemed to run out of ideas. Arsenal’s excellent home record was dented at the weekend and they need to get back in winning ways. An Arsenal win with over 1.5 goals scored is 2/1 (3.0) at Betway.