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It hasn’t been the best of starts for either of these sides as they fight it out in the middle of the table, and a win would do them both a world of good. Mikel Arteta was left frustrated by the actions of Nicolas Pepe to get himself sent off last weekend against Leeds, and although they ended that game in a draw, it just builds the pressure on the Spaniards’ job.
They did beat Molde last time out though and the youngsters continue to show they can keep this squad ticking along.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men come here off the back of a disappointing run this month of a defeat and draw against Leicester and Southampton, respectively either side of the international break. Now with back-to-back trips to the Gunners and Liverpool, they’ll know how important it’s for them to come away with something this Sunday.
Fortunately, unlike their hosts, they don’t have any European football to worry about this season, and that will be needed after their intense stalemate against the Saints. At the same time, they’ll be pleased that Conor Coady will be returning to the side after the skipper missed his first game in three years for the club, a run of 121 fixtures.
Both Teams To Score (No)
That’ll only tighten up the visitors’ defence. Considering 20 of their last 23 matches across all competitions have yielded fewer than three strikes dating back to early March, with one side or the other failing to score in 17, we’d expect this one to remain low scoring.
Arsenal have seen just one goal in four of their last five outings, as their only goal over this period came from the penalty spot against Man Utd. Moreover, both teams failed to score in each of those and this game looks like one that will be won or lost by the finest of margins.
You’d have to give the hosts the slight edge in this one, though even if the media have already written them and the manager off this season. They’ve won eight of their 11 home matches in all competitions dating back to March, including an impressive win over Liverpool last season.
By comparison, Wolves have won just two of their last seven road games, losing to nil in each of their four defeats, as half of those finished exactly 1-0, including their most recent trip to the Foxes.
Our only concern would be the fact that key players Bukayo Saka and Thomas Partey look unlikely to play, while the suspension of Nicolas Pepe leaves their attacking options a little thin on the ground. With that in mind, we’ll stick to just the one goals market bet.