- Wolves have drawn 13 Premier League fixtures already this season.
- Both teams scored in six of Arsenal’s last 10 league away games.
- Both teams found the net in 100% of the last three meetings between Wolves and Arsenal.
- Arsenal scored at least once in 18 of their last 20 matches in all competitions.
Wolves finishing strongly
In-form Wolves are targeting Champions League qualification this term, and with just three points separating Wanderers in 6th and Leicester City in 3rd, their current form suggests they have as good a chance as anyone to secure their place in Europe’s elite club competition for next season.
Last week, Wolves completed a hattrick of wins to nil since the restart when they carved out a narrow 1-0 victory at Midlands rivals Aston Villa – adding to their 2-0 and 1-0 triumphs over West Ham and Bournemouth before that.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, now unbeaten in eight, made the most of a favourable recent run of games to clock up the points, and Wanderers’ return of seven clean sheets from those same eight contests illustrates how their successful stretch was built on extremely solid defensive foundations.
At Molineux, newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool remain the only side to have breached Wanderers’ robust rearguard in five games.
Arsenal bite back
Arsenal, meanwhile, rebounded brilliantly from back-to-back defeats at Manchester City and Brighton to string a run of three wins together against Southampton, Sheffield United and Norwich City.
While the first two of those three aforementioned opponents gave the Gunners numerous headaches, Arsenal had little resistance from the Canaries in a resounding 4-0 mid-week win.
The victory also saw the welcome return to goal-scoring form of key Gabon international and leading marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who helped himself to a brace to end a five-game dry spell.
Arsenal’s hammering of Norwich also launched them up to a lofty 7th position, though anything other that another win this weekend could see them drop back down into the bottom half in what looks a tightly packed Premier League mid-section.
Both teams to score?
Few teams have found success in behind the Wolves defence over the past few months of action, though Arsenal’s goalscoring record since Boxing Day suggests the Gunners have the attacking tools to notch on Saturday.
Arsenal managed to make an impact on the scoresheet in 18 of the 20 matches they’ve contested since the day after Christmas, while Man City remain the only side to have kept them out in 11 games since February 2.
Keeping the door shut at the other end remains a major problem for Mikel Arteta however, where a glut of injuries and some haphazard displays from David Luiz have combined to make clean sheets a rarity.
Arsenal’s mix of attacking thrust and lacklustre defending means they are always well worth considering for the both teams to score market, and goals were registered by both sides in six of their last 10 top flight outings on the road.
Wolves, who scored in all but two of their 16 Premier League home games this term, saw both teams score in each of their last three meetings with Arsenal, and we think the same market holds plenty of value for Saturday’s clash.
Wanderers have yet to taste defeat against the Gunners since their promotion back to the big time however, though Wolves, who have drawn 13 times already this season, could find beating a re-energised Arsenal team with fresh confidence a tough ask this weekend.
Wolves and Arsenal drew 1-1 earlier in the season – the second time in three encounters that finished with that final scoreline – and with both sides carrying momentum into their latest skirmish, our correct score prediction of 1-1 forecasts a similar outcome.
Anytime Goalscorer tip – Raul Jimenez
As the lowest scoring team in the Premier League’s current top eight, Wolves have been heavily reliant on the goal-getting skill set of Raul Jimenez this season.
The Mexican rarely disappoints however, and accounts for 33% of Wanderers total league goals this season himself.
The 29-year-old bagged Wolves’ equalizing goal in their 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates in early November, and fresh from a streak of two goals in his last three appearances, Jimenez is one to watch again in Saturday’s re-match.
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