Fri, Feb 11, 7:14am by Kevin Pitstock
Seven days ago, you would have marked down this game as a routine home win for Arsenal. Last week’s dramas have made everything seem a lot less certain, as Arsenal somehow managed to blow a four goal lead – the first time that has been done since the Premier League was formed, and then by bottom side Wolves turning the league upside down by beating Manchester United. Both sides are eager for the points for their respective battles.
Sometimes it’s better to keep your thoughts to yourself. Arsene Wenger had no soon praised the mental strength of his side than they go and cave in at Newcastle to draw 4-4 after sprinting into that 4-0 lead at St.James’s Park. That draw might be freakish enough to ignore though, and it did come off a run of five wins. Wenger’s side have already suffered three Premier League defeats at home this season. They also have a tricky balancing act when you look at the fixture list, in that they face Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. Wenger’s need to win this game will have to be carefully balanced by conserving energy for the challenge of facing such testing opponents. When you add midweek internationals into the mix, it could mean a lot of squad rotation.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS PREVIEW
Wolves must surely have some renewed belief after their win over Manchester United., but their away record is what really causes concern. They have picked up just four points out of a possible 36 on their travels. That includes one win, a surprise victory at Anfield just after Christmas. There have been some good performances mixed in to that lot, but a lack of consistency is one of the reasons why they struggle – as well as not having the spending or drawing power of the elite sides. Wolves showed a tremendous energy in that victory over United, but they also had a bobbly pitch to help them. On the other hand they showed strength from free-kicks and corners – a traditional area of Arsenal weaknesss.
ARSENAL v WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS BEST BET AND PREDICTION
This is not the easiest game to find value in. Arsenal have a great record against Wolves and can’t really be opposed, but they are very short generally. Get on Cesc Fabregas to score at $2.30 with Centrebet – as the penalty taker here and Arsenal likely to do a lot of pressing he represents a decent bet. As for the game – 3-1 Arsenal seems about right. Wolves are certainly capable of getting a goal. Factor that in to you bets.
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