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Wolves vs Arsenal: Team news, prediction & likely lineups

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 23/04/2019

Arsenal are once again in a battle to secure a top-four finish with a testing trip to Wolves awaiting them on Wednesday night at Molineux Stadium.

The Gunners suffered a shock 3-2 home loss at the hands of Crystal Palace on Sunday and cannot afford to drop more points as the race for a top-four finish heats up.

Team News 

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has a fully-fit squad to chose from.

He is expected to recall Belgian international midfielder Leander Dendoncker, who was omitted from the starting line-up on Saturday.

Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey and Denis Suarez through injury, while Granit Xhaka is being assessed.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos returns after a two-match ban but Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck all remain long-term injury absentees.

Head To Head

 

Wolves have never beaten Arsenal in the Premier League in nine previous attempts, their longest-such run without a win against a single opponent in the competition.

The Gunners have not lost against Wolves in any competition since a top-flight clash in September 1979, winning 16 of the 20 meetings since then.

Arsenal have also won all four of their Premier League matches at Molineux. Only at the KCOM Stadium (five) do they have a better 100% win rate at a particular ground.

Recent Form

Wolves have struggled to pick their heads up since suffering defeat to Watford in the FA Cup semi-final, losing on the road to Southampton and failing to see off Brighton in a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon. 

That being said, they are unbeaten at home since January 7, a run of form which has seen them topple the likes of league leaders Liverpool in the FA Cup and crush Manchester United in back to back games.

This will come as worrying news for Arsenal fans as their side have only the ninth-best away form in the league. Saturday's loss at home to Crystal Palace yet again highlighted their weakness in defence as starts for Konstantinos Marvropanos and Carl Jenkinson failed to stabilise the ship.

The Gunners have three away games left this season, starting with Wednesday evening's trip to Molineux, and a positive result is vital in order to gain a bit of momentum to set them up for a tough run in with trips to Leicester and Burnley to come.

Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting lineup: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jimenez, Jota

Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Mkhitaryan, Iwobi; Aubameyang

 

 Score prediction: Wolves 1-1 Arsenal
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