We’re fast reaching the business end of the season, and it looks set to be one of the most thrilling climaxes. There are issues to be decided, both in the top and bottom halves of the table, but the race for a top-four spot will make for absorbing viewing.
As many as five teams are involved in the race to earn a seat at Europe’s top table next season, and that includes Manchester United – who are currently occupying fourth spot – down to Wolves in seventh.
Wolves will make the trip to north London on Thursday evening, but can they spring a shock? Freebets has picked out three of the most enticing tips for you to get your teeth stuck into ahead of the clash.
Emile Smith Rowe to continue fine scoring form
Emile Smith Rowe has been in a rich vein of form, and he has had a purple patch in front of goal. The midfielder has netted nine times this term in England’s top-flight division, and he could carve out a piece of his history by becoming just the second Gunners star aged 21 or under since Nicolas Anelka to hit double figures in a Premier League campaign for the north London outfit.
He has been instrumental for Mikel Arteta’s side, and the way he links up the play is superb. Along with Bukayo Saka, Rowe has made football fans sit up and take notice.
Anyway, Paddy Power thinks Rowe will net against Wolves, and you can get a tempting price of 10/3 to score anytime.
Granit Xhaka to go into the referee’s book
We all know that one of Granit Xhaka’s serious shortcomings (apart from perhaps his inability to tackle) is his lack of discipline. In his Gunners career to date, he has picked up 47 yellow cards, and he has been dismissed on four occasions.
Indeed, it is rare that Xhaka goes an entire half without getting cautioned. In the corresponding fixture at Molineux earlier this month, Xhaka went into referee Michael Oliver’s book.
Xhaka is priced at a short 7/5 to get carded against Wolves with William Hill, and it is hardly a price we can argue with! For the Gunners, they will also need to try and keep all 11 men on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.
Wolves to leave the Emirates with a point
At Molineux, Wolves paid the price for sloppy defending as they allowed Gabriel to tap home from close range in the first half. Although Gabriel Martinelli was sent off for the visitors late in the second half, Wolves were unable to muster an equaliser, despite the unrelenting pressure they exerted for the final 20 minutes.
Wolves have enjoyed some fine results this season, including wins away to Manchester United and Tottenham. Arsenal have given themselves a great chance to finish in the top four with two wins in their past three matches, and although Wolves would be eager to defy the odds with three points, a draw is certainly a possibility. The draw has been valued at 14/5 with bet365 if you are keen.