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Arsenal vs Wolves betting preview, team news and prediction

Arsenal welcome Wolves to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night needing a win to close-in on the top four.  Here is our match preview

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Arsenal welcome Wolves to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night needing a win to close-in on the top four.

The Gunners secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux in the reverse fixture two weeks ago so Mikel Arteta will be hoping for another similar performances on home soil.

Arsenal eased past Brentford 2-1 on Saturday to move up to sixth in the Premier League table. They now sit just four points adrift of fourth-placed Man Utd with three games in hand so Arteta will be desperate to beat Wolves on Thursday to close the gap.

However, the visitors head to north London with eyes on fourth place themselves. A 2-1 win over Leicester City on Sunday means Wolves sit just one place and two points behind Arsenal so victory at the Emirates would put them right in the mix.

Betting odds

This will be the only Premier League fixture to be played on Thursday night so there is sure to be plenty of interest in the betting markets. If you want to have some extra fun by betting on the game, be sure to claim your bet365 bonus code before placing any wagers. Bookmakers will be vying for your business with tempting odds and bonuses so it pays to look around.

Understandably, Arsenal are the bookies favourites to win the game with current odds of around 8/13. Wolves can be backed at 9/2 to claim victory in north London while the draw is available at 27/10.

This is expected to be a tight match so another 1-0 Arsenal win looks tempting at 9/2 while a 2-1 Gunners victory can be backed at 7/1. If you fancy a shock, a 2-1 Wolves win is on offer at 16/1.

Bukayo Saka continued his fine form with the winning goal against Brentford at the weekend. The England international is priced at 15/2 to open the scoring on Thursday night. If we add Saka as first scorer in a 2-1 Arsenal win, the odds increase to 71/1.

Team news

Arsenal will receive a major boost as Gabriel Martinelli is set to return to the squad. The Brazilian missed the win over Brentford due to suspension after being controversially sent off against Wolves earlier this month.

Takehiro Tomiyasu wasn’t risked on Saturday after only recently returning from a calf injury but he could be back in the squad on Thursday. Arteta didn’t pick up any fresh injury concerns at the weekend so the Gunners boss has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

As for Wolves, they’ll assess Willy Boly as he bids to return from a calf problems while Yerson Mosquera is also a doubt with an on-going thigh injury.

Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Wolves: Arsenal will be confident of claiming all three points on home soil. Wolves will no doubt give them another good game but the Gunners should just edge things at the Emirates.

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