English Premier League Soccer - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Arsenal, 7/4/20 - Preview, Prediction & Odds
Three straight wins bring 6th-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers to a home contest against 8th-placed Arsenal, who are also riding a three-game winning streak. Kick-off - at 12:30 PM ET on Saturday, July 4.
Wolves Extend Point Run
Wolverhampton Wanderers extended their unbeaten run to eight games (W5 D3) after recording their third consecutive victory following a 1-0 triumph over troubled Aston Villa at Villa Park last Saturday. Despite being outshot 11-9 and managing to muster just two attempts on target, the Wolves still came out on top through a second-half snipe by Leander Dendoncker, keeping a fourth successive clean sheet in England’s top-flight for the first time since 1981-82. Wolverhampton has registered seven shutouts in their past eight contests, allowing just two goals throughout the stretch. The team is 6th in the league (W13 D13 L6), on level points with 5th-placed Manchester United, but with an inferior goal differential.
Mexican marksman Raul Jimenez tops Wolverhampton’s scoring table with 15 snipes, having also contributed six assists. Goalie Rui Patricio, meanwhile, sits 11th in the league with 81 saves. He has recorded 11 clean sheets in 32 EPL games this year and gives up a goal every 85 minutes on average. The Wolves have scored the 8th highest amount of goals this season (45), while taking the 9th highest quantity of shots per game (12.5). The team is 12th in ball possession (48.2%) and 10th in passing accuracy (79.0%).
Arsenal Thrash Norwich
A second consecutive Premier League victory and third straight win in all competitions were on the cards for Arsenal, who battered relegation-bound Norwich City with a count of 4-0 at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Two-goal hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the star of the show, becoming the fastest Gunners’ player to reach 50 EPL snipes, doing so in 79 matches (four fewer than Thierry Henry). Granit Xhaka and Cedric Soares also scored for the London club, which has now won five of its previous six domestic outings in the league (W5 D1). Arsenal have moved up to the 8th place in England’s top-flight (W11 D13 L8), trailing the top-five by six points.
Gabon striker Aubameyang leads Arsenal with 19 league goals, topping Premier League’s scoring chart as well alongside Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. Goalie Emiliano Martinez, meanwhile, is 30th in the league in saves, having turned away eight shots in three appearances. He has picked up two clean sheets and allows a goal every 116 minutes of play. The Gunners have netted the 7th highest number of goals this year (47), while delivering the 14th highest amount of shots per game (11). The team is 6th in ball possession (53.4%) and 4th in passing accuracy (83.8%).
Both teams are entering this fixture on the back of three consecutive victories. Both are competing for a place in the top-five of the Premier League, with Wolverhampton Wanderers doing just a tad better, sitting six points ahead of Arsenal due to their current eight-game unbeaten streak (W5 D3). Do expect a close contest here, though! The Wolves are unbeaten in their last three Premier League fixtures against the Gunners (W1 D2). Still, three of their past five head-to-head encounters have all finished as draws (W1 D3 L1), with all of them ending with a count of 1-1. Both teams also presently lead all sides in the EPL in most stalemates, having posted a league-high 13 ties each.
Correct score: 1-1 (+475)