Wolves vs Arsenal. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
Both Wolverhampton and Arsenal are very much alike teams this season: both have had a poor start, to put it mildly, but at the moment the teams are fighting for the Champions League zone. Wolves are just two points behind the Gunners and could pull ahead of Arteta’s side with a win on Thursday. Will the Spanish coach find a way to overcome his Portuguese counterpart Bruno Lage?
Wolverhampton Wanderers News & Current Form:
Wolverhampton have had a poor performance in the League Cup, with the team failing at the start of the tournament. In another tournament, after winning the first leg in the FA Cup, where the Wanderers outplayed Sheffield United (3-0), the next leg saw them fall to Norwich (0-1).
In the English Premier League, Wolves are seriously aiming for a place in the European competitions (2 points from 6th place), but today this goal is becoming more and more elusive due to the fierce competition – the match against Arsenal is called 6-pointer, here the ambitions of Orange-Blacks will be tested.
In the Premiership, Wolves have not lost to their opponents in 5 consecutive games. In the remaining encounters, Wolverhampton FC beat Brentford (1-2), Southampton (3-1), United Kingdom (0-1) and Brighton (0-1). The Orange-Blacks have won all their games in 2022. In the game against Chelsea only, the teams could not decide who was the stronger side and finished the game 0-0.
The team’s performance on the attacking line looks modest, however, the second-best goals conceded in the league level out this issue.
Arsenal News & Current Form:
Last season, Arsenal failed to clinch a place in the European competitions as fans and management had hoped. The start of the new championship season was uneventful, but after a brief stint, Mikel Arteta’s side have been improving with each matchday.
After round 21 of the current campaign, the Gunners have produced 11 wins and three peaceful outcomes, which brought 36 points (only 2 more than Wolves) and the sixth position. After Arsenal’s devastating 0-5 win over Norwich, the team is showing an unstable game. First, the Londoners conceded at home to Man City (1-2), and then failed to determine the strongest side in the match against Burnley (0-0).
The team’s attacking line played well, with 33 goals, eight of them coming from young talent Emile Smith-Rowe.
There was a poor start to the FA Cup with a 0-1 loss to Nottingham Forest in the opening stages (it was no fluke, as the Foresters recently knocked out Leicester City). The Red and Whites were much better in the League Cup, advancing to the semi-finals but missing out on the final in two games against Liverpool.
Wolverhampton Wanderers season form guide: L-W-D-W-W-W
Arsenal season form guide: W-W-W-W-L-D
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Arsenal Head-To-Head Record:
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Arsenal Predicted XI:
Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup: Sa; Kilman, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Jimenez, Podence
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Lacazette
Statistical preview of the match Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Arsenal:
- The only team Wolves have not scored against in the last five meetings has been Norwich.
- Arsenal have won just one head-to-head match in the last six meetings agaits Wolves.
- The Wolves have three wins in their last five games against the Gunners.
- Wolverhampton have the second-best defence in the league with 16 conceded goals. Man City are the leaders in this regard (14).
- At the same time, Wolves have the third lowest scoring in the EPL – 19 goals. The anti-leaders are Norwich (13) and Burnley (17).
- Arsenal have the lowest number of goals among the top six teams (33).
- If Arsenal lose on Thursday, it will be the first time that they have lost successive away games against them since February 1975.
- Since a 1-0 loss at home in 1979, Arsenal have scored in each of their 27 meetings with Wolves.
What has been said before the match:
“I’m confident to work hard every day and take the best from my players. I know we are in that position where we can wake up, because the way the team are playing gives us that confidence, but I go day by day and game by game. As I said after the last game in the FA Cup, I was unhappy with our performance, especially in the first-half, the second-half was better, but what the team did in December and January gives us this ambition.”
“That’s what I want, for my players to have character, for my team to have character, that we have good things to conquer in the last three months. It’s an important period for us and I want us to make the best decisions in the game. We go for tomorrow with the ambition and the character that we have had over the last month.”
“They have been really consistent and really efficient throughout the season, that is what the league table is showing with the performances they put in. So it’s a really difficult opponent, we’re going to be playing them twice [in two weeks] but we are difficult too.”
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Arsenal United Prediction:
The two big rivals for the Eurocup spots are facing each other. Wolves are in superb form at the moment, while Arsenal, on the other hand, should finally rehabilitate themselves and show how they can play. Therefore, both teams will go forward and score. The last two fixtures between the rivals were high-scoring and this time will be no exception.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: 1) Game to have over 1.5 goals – Yes 2) Both to score – Yes.