Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Saturday, November 2, 2019


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

In the betting markets, Arsenal start this game as favourites but we feel that Wolves are in with a great chance of getting something from the game. The fact they didn’t lose to the Gunners in either fixture last season coupled with recent events at the Emirates and the price of evens offered on a Double Chance ‘draw or Wolves win’ market by Bet365 looks generous. If the visitors could avoid a defeat then the bet is a winning punt and Wolves certainly have the personnel to make life difficult for the Gunners, especially after they beat champions Manchester City on their own patch already this season.

Arsenal welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Emirates Stadium in what is expected to be an entertaining encounter between two attacking teams. Can the Gunners turn their season around and get the fans back on board or will Wolves add to the pain of the Arsenal faithful?

Much of the recent focus on Arsenal has been on the extraordinary scenes witnessed last Sunday when club captain Granit Xhaka was booed off the field by his own fans. The Swiss international reacted by cupping his ears and appearing to direct an expletive in the direction of the fans before taking off his shirt and storming down the tunnel when substituted. It will be very interesting to see if Xhaka makes the team or indeed the matchday squad and if he maintains the armband. Arsenal certainly need to come together and put in a good showing as they come into this game off the back of a 1-0 loss to Sheffield United and then drawing 2-2 against Crystal Palace having lead the game 2-0. Goals from Sokratis and David Luiz were not enough as Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew both scored to help Palace take a share of the spoils. It was that turnaround which sparked the ugly scenes at the Emirates with Xhaka, although Unai Emery will be happy with their follow up performance where the team played out a thrilling 5-5 draw with Liverpool in the League Cup. The form of Martinelli and Joe Willock has given the manager food for thought and there could be some changes come Saturday afternoon.

Wolves have recently had a good run themselves and come into this game on the back of one loss in eight games across all competitions. Their 2-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium remains the standout result of the season but they have stumbled slightly since then, drawing 1-1 against lowly Newcastle and then losing 2-1 to promoted Aston Villa. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo certainly relishes games against the big teams and he will be looking to get back to winning ways against an Arsenal team which has been in turmoil in recent weeks. Their high intensity and pressing game is exactly what Arsenal don’t want at this point and the likes of Moutinho and Ruben Neves will be looking to set off their attacks for Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez to exploit.

In team news, Arsenal will be looking to make several changes to the side that started their Carabao Cup games against Liverpool. Aubameyang and Lacazette will be looking to come back and lead the line for the Gunners with Guendouzi looking to slot back into midfield. The big question remains whether Unai Emery picks Granit Xhaka again and whether the Swiss international maintains the captains armband. Arsenal will also be monitoring the fitness of Sead Kolasinac who is reported to have a slight knock.

Wolves will be without star defender Willy Boly who is out having had surgery on his fibula. Morgan Gibbs-White could also miss the visit to the Emirates but Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez are expected to lead the line again.

In recent meetings between these two sides, Wolves have actually had the better of their exchanges. They managed to get a 1-1 draw at the Emirates in the first encounter last season with Ivan Cavaleiro looking to have won it for them before Henrikh Mkhitaryian scored a late leveller. Santo’s side however did manage the win in the reverse fixture, winning 3-1 courtesy of goals from Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota.

Punter's Pick

In the betting markets, Arsenal start this game as favourites but we feel that Wolves are in with a great chance of getting something from the game. The fact they didn’t lose to the Gunners in either fixture last season coupled with recent events at the Emirates and the price of evens offered on a Double Chance ‘draw or Wolves win’ market by Bet365 looks generous. If the visitors could avoid a defeat then the bet is a winning punt and Wolves certainly have the personnel to make life difficult for the Gunners, especially after they beat champions Manchester City on their own patch already this season.

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