Fireworks are expected when Manchester City face champions-elect, Liverpool, at the Etihad Stadium on July 2, 2020.
Manchester City officially bowed out of the title race after the Citizens dropped a 1-2 contest to Chelsea one day after Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-0 in their last league match. The Reds’ win coupled by the Citizens’ loss meant that the Reds are uncatchable with still seven matches left to play. On the other hand, Manchester City is looking to salvage a runner-up finish after yielding its title to Liverpool. The Citizens are eight points ahead of Leicester City and a win on July 2nd will put them closer to clinching 2nd place.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently six in 6th place in the English Premier League standings with a record of 13-13-6 and a total of 52 points earned. The Wolves are in the thick of the Champions League battle as they are just three points behind third-place Leicester City, and two behind 4th place Chelsea.
The Wolves picked up their third win in as many games with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in their last assignment. The teams played to a slow first half before the Wolves showed their class in the final half. Leander Dendoncker netted in the 62nd minute to win their third straight match since the resumption of the season.
Raul Jimenez leads the Wolves with a total of 15 goals scored. Diogo Jota has netted six times while Adama Traore has scored a total of four goals on the year. Traore also leads the team with nine assists while Jimenez has added six assists. Joao Moutinho also has six assists while scoring one goal.
The Wolves rank 6th in goal difference with at +11. They are 7th in the EPL in goal scoring with a total of 45 goals scored this season and are 6th in scoring defense with only 34 goals allowed this term. They have a total of 31 assists on the year, putting them at 7th place in that department.
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Arsenal is currently one spot below Wolverhampton in the table at 7th place. The Gunners have a record of 11-13-8 and a total of 46 points earned overall. They are back in the Europa League race as they are just six points behind 5th place Manchester United in the EPL table.
In their last assignment, Arsenal came away with an easy 4-0 win over bottom team Norwich City. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the back of the net twice as the Gunners maintained their good form. Arsenal has won three in a row since dropping their first two matches after the restart of the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted 19 times this season with two assists. Alexandre Lacazette has scored seven times this term while Nicolas Pepe has added five more goals. Pepe led the team in passing with a total of 6 assists while Bukayo Saka has 5 and Lacazette has three assists.
The Gunners are 7th in the league in scoring at 47 goals scored this season. They are ranked 8th in scoring defense with a total of 41 goals conceded. Arsenal is also 8th in assists with a total of 29 on the year. The Gunners have the 8th best goal difference in England at +6.
These two sides have played against each other in a total of 116 matches. Arsenal has the edge in their all-time head to head match-up with a record of 57-28-30. They played to a 1-1 draw in their reverse fixture held last November 2019.
The Wolves are the 10th best home team in England with a record of 6-7-3 and a total of 25 points earned from their home matches. On the other hand, Arsenal is the 9th worst away club in the Premier League with a road record of 3-8-5 and a total of 17 points earned from their away matches.
Arsenal’s injury list includes Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, and Calum Chambers. All four will not be seeing action on Saturday for the Gunners. Lucas Torreira has not featured since he suffered an ankle injury during the FA Cup win over Portsmouth but he might be called up in this fixture. Mesut Ozil has not played for Arsenal since play resumed last month and he didn’t play the game against Norwich with a back injury. However, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka could return to the starting XI after they were benched against Norwich.
Having a full week of rest after their win over Aston Villa gives Santo’s side a full roster against Arsenal on Saturday. Perhaps the only issue on this site is whether or not Adama Traore will feature. Traore was replaced by Dendoncker in their last game.
The Gunners have lost just twice in their last 15 away games across all competition but they have not beaten the Wolves since the latter made their return to the top flight. Meanwhile, the Wolves will face their toughest challenge since the restart although they will remember that they beat the Gunners in this match last year 3-1 at Molineux.
It’s hard to bet against this Wolverhampton side that has been in impressive form and unbeaten in their last eight matches. Nuno Espiritu Santo’s boys have been terrific at the back as they have conceded only two goals in their last eight games played while scoring a total of 10 during that period. The Wolves have dropped only one of their last seven assignments at the Molineux and that was against champions, Liverpool. I think this will be a close match but the home team should win.
Prediction: Wolves (+137)
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Wolverhampton has not allowed a single goal in seven out of their last 8 assignments. On the other hand, Arsenal has conceded just one goal in its last three matches played. Both teams have been solid at the back since the resumption of the season. I think these teams will play to a low scoring match.
Prediction: Under 2.5 goals (-102)