Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Pressure Building on Emery as Wolves Look to Devour Gunners at The Emirates
Around a month ago, many media outlets were suggesting that Wolverhampton Wanderers boss, Nuno Espirito Santo’s job at Molineux was under threat following some indifferent results for the Midlands club.
Whilst not being the most in-form team since that period, the managerial pressure has somewhat released around the Portuguese boss, but that media tension always moves on to the next club; step forward Unai Emery at Arsenal, who have claimed just one point from their last two Premier League games against Sheffield United and Crystal Palace – where the Gunners’ led 2-0, to ultimately draw. The fiasco surrounding Arsenal captain, Granit Xhaka is also another unwanted issue for the Spaniard, who is looking to get his team back on track at the weekend.
Saturday’s game at the Emirates’ Stadium – kick-off: 15:00 GMT will offer an opportunity for both clubs to enhance or potentially destroy their respective managers’ plans going forwards.
Date: November 2, 2019
Perhaps a little unsurprisingly, the Gunners are on the drift in the Match Betting for this game with some firms. The best industry price on an Arsenal victory at the time of writing can be had with SportNation, who offer 11/14 on Emery’s side to gain their fourth home win of the Premier League season.
The Draw is narrowly preferred as the second-best option in this particular market at 3/1 with SportingBet, while an away victory for Wolves would send Arsenal supporters into further despair, and that selection can be taken with 10Bet at the top price of 39/11.
Wolves went through a sticky patch of three successive defeats in September, but they have remained unbeaten in the other 17 matches they’ve taken part in this season. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have drawn six Premier League games already this season, and perhaps another stalemate could well be the play here at the tempting price of 3/1 with SportingBet, against an Arsenal side who are stumbling around for form currently.
Individual Goal Scorers
If Unai Emery decides to omit current Arsenal captain, Granit Xhaka from the starting lineup on Saturday afternoon following his tempestuous departure from the pitch in last Sunday’s 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace, it is likely that striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could get the armband for this game and beyond.
Aubameyang leads the betting in the First Goalscorer market at 10/3 with Betfred, as the Gabonese striker looks to add to his seven Premier League goals so far this season.
The former Borussia Dortmund man’s strike-partner, Alexandre Lacazette is next in the betting at 9/2 with Unibet and 888Sport. The French striker is lagging behind his attacking team-mate with just two goals so far in the league this season. On that basis he is probably best dismissed.
Wolves’ first interest in this market comes from their Mexican striker, Raul Jimenez, who can be backed at the best industry odds of 15/2 with Betfred and Betway. Jimenez has developed hugely under his manager’s tutelage since his move from Benfica, and the Arsenal defence will have to watch him very closely indeed.
There is a definite indecision with bookmakers on the price on Arsenal attacker, Nicolas Pepe to open the scoring in this game on Saturday afternoon. SportingBet are as short as 4/1 on the former Lille man to bag the first goal, while Betfred go a more tempting price of 8/1. It is interesting to note that Pepe’s only goal in the Premier League was a penalty, and if he remains on duty for spot kicks, the 8/1 could be good value here.
Others to consider at bigger prices include Wolves forward Diogo Jota at 9/1 with Unibet and 888Sport, while speedy winger, Adama Traore could be an option for the away side at 16/1 with Unibet and 888 Sport once again. Arsenal defender, David Luiz is always capable of getting on the scoresheet from free kicks and set pieces, so the 25/1 on offer with Unibet and 888Sport should not be wholly underestimated.
Other Side Bets
The main weakness of the Arsenal side in recent years is their inability to defend properly, and for that reason, Wolves can take advantage in this game. Arsenal are still a potent force in attacking areas however, and Both Teams to Score in this contest looks to be a very solid selection indeed. The 8/11 with Betfred on this selection looks to be excellent value, despite it being an odds on pick.
If our prediction for this game of an Emirates stalemate is to come true, we can pair that up with Both Teams to Score with Betfred, who offer the tempting price of 4/1 for Both Teams to Score and the Full-Time Result to end in a draw.
Finally, our Correct Score offering for this game is a 1-1 draw after ninety minutes. It is probably not the result that either team would wish for in truth, but Arsenal are not in the best form right now, and Wolves can leave North London with a share of the spoils on Saturday afternoon. SportingBet offer the top price of 7/1 here.
- Both Teams to Score at 8/11 with Betfred
- Both Teams to Score and the Full-Time Result to be a Draw at 4/1 with Betfred
- Arsenal 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Correct Score bet at 7/1 with SportingBet