One of the more eye-catching fixtures from the Premier League Saturday 3.00pm starts this weekend pairs Arsenal and Wolves in London. This promises to be a competitive contest and we’ve seen Wolves make a nuisance of themselves at this venue in recent years but it’s also a match bookmakers expect to end in a comfortable home win. Will you support or oppose the jolly, or perhaps seek the value in one of the many enticing specials attached to this game.

Those hoping to enjoy a bet on the outcome will find they are spoiled for choice when it comes to markets available. You can pick the winner of this game or take your chances on over 100 other markets, such as first goal scorer, total goals, half time/full time, number of cards, handicap and plenty more besides. There’s something for everyone.

When the first whistle sounds, many of the original betting markets will remain live thanks to in-play betting. This allows you an opportunity to get involved at any stage of play. A bet is as exciting in the final few minutes as it was before the start. The match betting has Arsenal as 13/20 favourites against the 16/5 for a draw, both quotes taken from the bet365 site. Betfair rate as the most generous firm to those backing Wolves, offering a standout 4/1 on the away day.

Arsenal’s Form Has Been Scrappy

Fans demanded a strong season from Arsenal this campaign, but they have been forced to sit through the kind of patchy form that has become the norm for their team in recent years. The Gunners sit fifth in the table, four points behind neighbours Chelsea and a place in the top four. Securing a return to Champions League football is the least expected of the club by their supporters. Arsenal’s season stats read four wins, four draws and two defeats. They’ve scored 15 goals and conceded 14. Plugging the leaks in that defence will be key to any success.

The home side go in looking to get their challenge back on track having taking just one of the last six points that was available to them. They suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the home of recently promoted Sheffield United last month and followed that with a bitterly disappointing draw at this venue when hosting fellow Londoners Crystal Palace last Sunday. Winning their home games is important but Arsenal let slip a two-goal lead that day. They scored a quickfire double on seven and nine minutes but conceded on 32 and 52.

Arsenal v Huddersfield Town, Premier League, Emirates Stadium, London

There was just 106 seconds between Arsenal’s first and second goals that day, but they were wasteful for the remainder of that match, putting just six of 15 shots on target. Working on that overly generous defence will be at the top of their list of priorities this week and followers will be desperate to see a more organised backline between now and the end of the year. Arsenal have conceded at least one goals in each of their last three games in all competitions – a total of five.

Wolves Hungry for Success

Arsenal’s form may not do much to impress punters in the run up to this match but there’s a lot to like about their opponents who arrive on an unbeaten run. The visitors bring stats of two wins, six draws and two defeats but each of those victories have come in their last four games. Wolves aim to make themselves as difficult as possible to break down this season, hoping snatching a draw will be enough to see them beat the drop. A risky strategy, but it’s working so far.

Wolves have drawn three and won two of their five most recent starts and can be found in 12 place in the Premier League. They are only four better than Southampton and the bottom three but are also only four behind Arsenal in fifth. They have an important few weeks ahead of them and results between now and Christmas could decide if they are pushing for midtable or scrapping against the relegation zone. It’ll be a fascinating watch, that’s for sure.

We last saw Wolves earn a 1-1 draw at St James Park on Sunday. Lascelles gave the home team a lead on 37 minutes but that was cancelled by Castro Otto with 73 on the clock. Longstaff had his game cut short on 82 minutes when shown a red card and that gave Wolves encouragement to press for the winner, but they were unable to make their numerical advantage count. A tense match and both managers seemed happy with a share of the spoils.

Follow the Trends

The stats and head-to-head scores tell us to expect goals here as both teams have scored in each of the last two and three of the last four involving these teams. That won’t go unnoticed by the value hunters who will be quick to add both teams to score again to their accumulators. William Hill are offering 4/6 on that one and that’s better than the 8/13 you’ll get with most major bookies.

Those looking to push their luck a bit further can take encouragement from the form of Wolves and back both teams to score in a draw. That bet would work best as a super single and Betfair are offering a chunky 4/1 that this game lives up to expectations. That’s surely worth a play for small stakes, given what we’ve seen from both teams in recent weeks.

MATCH STATS

  • Arsenal have conceded five goals in their last three games
  • Both teams have scored in each of Wolves last three games
  • Both teams have scored in each of Arsenal’s last two home games
  • Wolves last two league games have ended in 1-1 draws
  • Alexandre Lacazette has now played a part in 29 league goals at the Emirates