After a surprising 4th round exit at the hands of Norwich City, Wolves will host Arsenal in an English Premier League fixture on Thursday at 20:45GMT.
Can Wolves Extend their Unbeaten Run to Six Matches?
Bruno Lage’s men have been in scintillating form in the league; they have won three matches on the bounce, and haven’t lost in the league since the 1-0 reverse against league leaders Man City.
On Wednesday, they welcome an Arsenal that have gone off the boil, and are looking to get back to winning ways after a loss and a draw in their last two outings.
The sides are level on the table, and Lage will be looking to leapfrog Arsenal on the table as they seek to move up the table and compete for European places.
Can Arsenal Get Back to Winning Ways?
After winning four consecutive league matches, Mikel Arteta’s men have gone off the boil in the last two matches in the league.
The Gunners followed their 2-1 defeat to Man City with a surprising 0-0 draw at home to Burnley. Arteta will be looking to inspire his side to regain some form when they face Wolves at Molineux on Thursday.
Bruno Lage’s side have picked up three wins in their last three outings in the league. Wolves are also unbeaten in their last five outings. They have won four and drawn one in this run.
In the last six rounds of EPL fixtures, Wolves have collected 13 points out of the available 18. In this run, they have won four, drawn one, and lost one.
Arsenal have not won in their last two outings. They lost 2-1 against the reigning champions and league leaders Man City. The Gunners also conspired to draw 0-0 against Burnley, which further dented their upward momentum on the table.
In their last six rounds of fixtures in the league, Arteta’s men have hauled 13 points from the available 18. This run of form is only bettered by Man City’s 16 points from their last six matches in the league.
Centre-back Willy Boly will not be available for the Arsenal match; the 31-year-old suffered a leg injury in December, which has kept him from action for Wolves.
Bruno Lage will also be without centre-forward Hee-Chan Hwang, who is nursing a hamstring injury.
Wolves are also without centre-back Yerson Mosquera (hamstring injury), left-back Jonny Otto (knee injury), and goalkeeper Matija Sarkic (shoulder injury), for the Arsenal clash on Thursday.
Thomas Partey is back from the Africa Cup of Nations competition in Cameroon, after Ghana were eliminated from the competition. The midfielder will be available for selection ahead of the match against Wolves.
Granit Xhaka is also available after serving the last match of his suspension following his straight red card against Liverpool for a challenge on Diogo Jota. Xhaka, like Partey, is available to Arteta for selection.
The versatile right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu is a doubt for the match against Wolves as he recovers from a calf injury he suffered in the 4-1 win over Leeds United in December.
Possible Starting Lineups
Sa; T. Gomes, C. Coady, M. Kilman; R. Ait-Nouri, J. Moutinho, R. Neves, L. Dendoncker, N. Semedo; F. Silva, D. Podence
Ramsdale; B. White, R. Holding, G. Magalhaes, K. Tierney; A. Sambi-Lokonnga; B. Saka, M. Odegaard, E. Smith Rowe, G. Martinelli; A. Lazazette
Players to Watch
The striker will have to carry the responsibility of getting Arsenal goals in the absence of Aubameyang, who left for Barcelona, and the club’s failure to sign a striker in the January window.
Lacazette’s importance is now pronounced for Arsenal, and he will be central in the match against Wolves.
The Portuguese midfielder provides the energy, creativity, and forward thrust for Wolves. He has been crucial in their impressive run in the last six matches.
Neves will be important once again in the match against top-40chasing Arsenal.
Expect Arsenal to dominate possession and seek to build patients from the back. Wolves will remain disciplined and attack strategically when space opens up in the Arsenal defence.
Given they are in a good run of form, Wolves are set to win all three points in a blow to Arsenal’s top-4 hopes.
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