Arsenal have an excellent record at Molineux and are value for an away win. Wolves are enduring a tough time of things in the Premier League of late, and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are set for a ninth game without a win.
Since defeating Arsenal at the end of November, Wolves have won just once in the Premier League. Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, which came courtesy of Eberechi Eze’s goal on the hour mark, made it eight games without a win in the league. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have lost to Burnley, Manchester United, Everton, West Brom and Palace during the winless run. Wolves have also drawn with Tottenham, Brighton and Chelsea in the last eight matches. The FA Cup has been something of a respite. Two 1-0 wins over Palace and non-league Chorley have seen Wolves progress to the fifth round. Wolves are still struggling with injuries and absentees.
Defenders Rayan Ait-Nouri, Jonny and Marcal are out, and centre-back Romain Saiss is a doubt.
Midfielder Ruben Neves is unvailable following the birth of his new baby, and striker Raul Jimenez remains someway off a return from a fractured skull. New signing Willian Jose made his full debut in the defeat to Crystal Palace, with the Brazilian likely to lead the attack again.
Arsenal played out a 0-0 draw with old rivals Manchester United on Saturday in a game lacking in excitement. It extended the Gunners’ unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven games. Their only defeat in the last nine games in all competitions came in a 1-0 loss to Southampton in the FA Cup. Mikel Arteta’s side have caught the eye defensively, conceding just one goal in their last six games in the Premier League. They have recorded wins over Brighton (1-0), West Brom (4-0), Newcastle (3-0) and Southampton (3-1) in that time. They have also drawn 0-0 with Crystal Palace and Man United. Arsenal could welcome back left-back Kieran Tierney, utility man Bukayo Saka and midfielder Dani Ceballos for the trip to the Midlands. New signing Martin Odegaard is a possible to replace Emile Smith Rowe in the starting line-up and make his full debut. Defender Pablo Mari is still out injured, while forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to be absent for personal reasons.
Wolves won 2-1 at the Emirates in November with Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence scoring either side of a Gabriel goal for Arsenal. But Arsenal still hold a dominant 46-27 head to head advantage from 100 meetings between these two sides. There have also been 27 draws. Wolves are struggling for form, and I’m backing Arsenal to claim all three points. The Gunners have won their last three away matches and have found a solidity in defence.
PREDICTION : ARSENAL 2-1 WIN
ACCUMULATOR TIP : BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE