England Premier League
Saturday 12th November 2022
Kick off at 7:45pm GMT
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Wolves have a new manager in Julen Lopetegui and he comes with a lot of experience from managing Real Madrid to the Spanish national side. His major trophy though was winning the Europa League with Sevilla in 2020. Wolves will be excited to have him on board as he comes to the Premier League for the first time in his managerial career.
And Wolves will likely need him as they come into this game in 19th place with 10 points. They have lost 3 of their last four games and it’s been almost a month since they last won in the league. Last weekend they fought but were outclassed in the end losing at home to Brighton 3-2. Home form has not been good with their most common result being defeat in 3 of their seven games played so far. The fans have only seen 5 goals scored here and they have lost their last two games at home conceding 7 goals in the process, surely then things can only get better….
The problem for Wolves is that they are playing Arsenal, the league leaders who have rarely dropped points this season. In fact only two sides so far have taken points from Mikel Arteta’s team: Manchester United and Southampton, both games were away from home. The club are in great form having won 13 of their last 15 points and are 2 points ahead of Manchester City, however they might come into this game in 2nd place as City play before them. Last weekend Arsenal won a very important game beating Chelsea 1-0 away from home just to underline their possible title credentials and they would love to go in at the break of the Premier League on top and with their 12th win of the season from just 14 games.
Arsenal were knocked out of the EFL Cup in midweek though as they lost 3-1 at home to Brighton. Not much has been said about it, but it was a surprise result and a possible trophy ticked off. The feeling is they have bigger fish to fry, but it’s never good when a side who are not used to losing start too. On the road the Gunners are unbeaten in their last 4 by winning 3 and drawing one.
Wolves: Diego Costa is suspended after his red card, Jonny has a hamstring problem and is a doubt to make it for this game. Pedro Neto is out with his ankle and Raul Jimenez is sidelined by his groin injury.
Arsenal: Takehiro Tomiyasu has a muscle injury and is only 50/50 to make this one. Emile Smith-Rowe is out until after the World Cup due to his groin injury.
Wolves vs Arsenal Head to Head:
Arsenal won both meetings last season.
The meeting has finished 2-1 on three occasions from the last 4- Arsenal once and Wolves twice.
There is a 70% chance to see both teams to score.
Wolves vs Arsenal Prediction:
Normally when new managers come in there is an instant change in results, but on this occasion that will be difficult. First thing of course is that Lopetegui won’t manage for Wolves again until the Christmas period, so this is one game and then wait. Secondly he has an average squad and some of his more key players are either injured or suspended. And finally he is about to face the team in 1st place. Wolves need his input though and they also need to draw from their last league game and of course their last cup one. In midweek they were able to narrowly knock out Leeds in the EFL Cup, and that would have been important for them to taste victory.
Arsenal look sharp and they should have enough to win the game. However they will have to work hard for it and we do not expect to see a big score. With the Gunners installed as the favourites but the Wolves players wanting to put on a good show for their new manager it could be an interesting clash. Of course if we are being pushed for a result, we can’t see past the Gunners but this could be much closer than it would have been had Wolves not found a manager yet.
Wolves vs Arsenal Betting Tips:
Arsenal to beat Wolves at 1.55
Both teams to score at 1.80
Total goals (Over 2.5) at 1.77
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