Awesome Arsenal to leave Wolves with that sinking feeling
On form Arsenal head to Molineux looking to crank up the pressure on Chelsea and Manchester United ahead of the two's meeting on Sunday.
After booking their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a comprehensive win over AZ Alkmaar during the week, the Gunners can now focus all their efforts on the Premier League - and that could mean big trouble for Wolves.
To be fair to Mick McCarthy's side, they have shown good battling qualities in recent weeks; coming from behind to force draws against Aston Villa and then Stoke (the latter after being two goals down) - just the kind of fighting spirit you need for a relegation scrap.
And by the time this game kicks off Wolves will need all the grit and determination that they can muster as they will find themselves in the bottom three, as Blackburn are playing Portsmouth so regardless of the result of that match they will slip down a place in the league.
Unfortunately for the midlands outfit they're destined to stay in the drop zone for a while as their fixture list has thrown up a horrible looking run of games coming up to Christmas - they face trips to Stamford Bridge, White Hart Lane, Old Trafford and Anfield, as well as a home game with Manchester City before 2009 comes to a close; anything they can get out of this game, even if it's just keeping the scoreline respectable, will be a bonus.
The way Arsenal are firing just now, you have to say they'll be in for a tough job keeping the score down; as the Gunners have blasted in 14 goals in their last four Premier League games and with the top two set to drop points this weekend they are certain to put their foot on the pedal as far as the title race is concerned at Molineux.
With the hosts not beating Arsenal at home in seven matches you can see why they are massive outsiders at 7/1 in the betting, McCarthy would be happy I'm sure to take a point out of the game and that's a 3/1 shot. The Gunners are huge favourites at 1/3, in the handicap market though they are priced at a much more reasonable 21/20 with a one goal deficit to overcome.
Defensively Arsenal have shown frailties recently though (other than their clean sheet against Tottenham) so correct score options that could be worth looking at are 3-1 at 9/1 and 4-1 at 16/1 because I think Arsene Wenger's side are certain to stick more than a couple past Wayne Hennessey.
After sitting out the draw at Stoke, Sylvain Ebanks-Blake will be back in the starting lineup and itching to get on the scoresheet, last season's Championship top scorer is a 9/1 chance to open the scoring and tempting at 10/3 just to notch one at any point of the match.
The main man for Arsenal at the minute is Robin van Persie; the Dutch ace has bagged seven in his last seven Premier League games and is the red-hot favourite to break the deadlock at odds of 10/3. Cesc Fabregas is starting to find his shooting boots though and is worth a punt at 6/1 to open the scoring.
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