In a big game in the battle for European qualification, Wolves host Arsenal at Molineux in the Premier League.
Molineux, Wolverhampton, England
Key Stat: Wolves have won all three games since their return, all without conceding a goal.
Expert Verdict: Wolves go into this game in sixth place, one position but six points ahead of Arsenal, and crucially only three points behind third-placed Leicester. They have not conceded since their return to action, winning three from three, and while those wins were against relegation-battling teams, they can carry the momentum to another three points in this game.
After a week since their last game, Adama Traore must start this match having repeatedly made a big difference coming off the bench in recent matches. Wolves are otherwise set to be at full strength, with no reported injury concerns.
Raul Jimenez – Scored in the wins against West Ham and Bournemouth to move to 15 league goals for the season.
Adama Traore – He has made a big impact since Wolves’ return, stepping off the bench to make some game-changing contributions with his pace.
Willy Boly – Wolves’ clean sheet record with and without the centre-back highlights exactly what he offers to this team at the back.
Leander Dendoncker’s goal made it three wins since lockdown began and three clean sheets too, as Wolves beat Aston Villa last weekend. They had already beaten Bournemouth 1-0 and West Ham 2-0 since their return.
Defenders:Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss
Midfielders:Matt Doherty, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Leander Dendoncker, Adama Traore
Forwards:Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota
Mesut Ozil is being assessed due to a back injury and could be back in action, while Lucas Torreira is also back in full training. With Bernd Leno out injured, Emiliano Martinez will continue in goal. Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are both out for the rest of the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Scored twice last time out to get back to goalscoring ways and move to 19 league goals for the season.
Bukayo Saka – Set to sign a new deal shortly after a successful breakthrough season, in which he has impressed in attack and filled in at wing-back too.
Alexandre Lacazette – No goals since his return, but the Frenchman spearheads the attack and remains a key part of the Arsenal set-up.
After starting with two defeats, at Manchester City and Brighton, Arsenal have got back up to speed with three consecutive wins on their return to action. They have scored eight goals in those three games too, including four at home to Norwich last time out – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice and Granit Xhaka and Cedric Soares netting one apiece.
Defenders:Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney
Midfielders:Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka
Attacking Midfielders:Bukayo Saka, Nicholas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Wolves are unbeaten against Arsenal since their return to the Premier League, with two 1-1 draws at the Emirates Stadium, either side of a 3-1 win at Molineux. In this season’s game, Raul Jimenez’s second-half equaliser cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.
Arsenal looked back to their free-flowing best with a 4-0 win against Norwich in mid-week, but they now face the team above them in the Premier League table.
Wolves have not conceded a goal since their return to action, winning three from three – albeit against three relegation strugglers.
This will be their toughest game so far, but they have the momentum now and an excellent defensive record – as well as the continued benefit of a fully-fit squad.
Raul Jimenez has 15 goals to his name at the other end and Adama Traore is making a big attacking impact whenever he comes on too.
Given Arsenal’s struggles at the start of the return to action, that could be an ominous sign.
They have gathered some momentum now at least, but this is a tricky trip to Molineux and with Wolves closing in on a Champions League place, the hosts are favourites.
Wolves’ mean defence will be key. If they can keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quiet, they can earn at least a valuable point.
They have found a way to win in all three games so far, however, and it would not be a surprise if they closed further in on the top four with a win in this game too.
Wolves start as favourites for this one and they can be backed at 13/10 to win with Betway, Betfair and 888sport.
You can bet against both teams to score at 10/11 with Bet365 and Paddy Power, meanwhile, given Wolves are yet to concede on their return to action.
Furthermore, under 2.5 goals will return some decent prices – it is 8/11 with Bet365, Ladbrokes and 888sport.
Raul Jimenez is a best price of 31/20 to score at any time for Wolves with 888sport. He netted when these teams last met and has 15 goals to his name in the league this season.
Wolves are in good form, defensively in particular, and they can earn a big three points in their bid for Champions League qualification.