Starting XI Wolves vs Arsenal: Preview and likely outcome
Wolverhampton Wanderers will be locking horns with Arsenal on Thursday evening at the Molineux Stadium, the home ground of the Wolves, where the two European position hopefuls will be battling it out.
Wolverhampton currently occupies the 8th position in the EPL table and Arsenal are seated at 6th position, three points behind fifth-placed Manchester United although with a game in hand.
Both teams have had tremendous runs and are part of the most-in-forms club side in the top-flight league. Wolves will be going into this match on the back of four wins from five matches while the Gunners have been struggling of late and have failed to find the back of the net in four consecutive matches.
Wolves have always been a tricky opponent for Arsenal in the last several years, as Arsenal has only been able to defeat them once in their last six encounters. It is worthy of note that Wolves will be going into this on the back of two consecutive victories over Arsenal
The two sides are separated with just two points, with both on the lookout for European qualification spots.
Here’s the lineup Bruno Lage could select.
Saiss has been away on international duty / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages
Jose Sa (GK) – Has been one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers since his summer move from Olympiacos.
Romain Saiss (CB) – Has missed some games while on international duty with Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations but has returned and may slot into defence.
Conor Coady (CB) – Usually not seen as a goal threat, Coady has netted twice in 21 league games. Holds Wolves’ defence together expertly.
Max Kilman (CB) – The former futsal star has impressed this season, being dominant in the air and using the ball well.
Nelson Semedo (RWB) – Wolves’ starting right wing-back registered an assist in their 2-1 win at Brentford.
Ruben Neves (CM) – The midfield maestro has picked up five yellow cards in his last nine games. Scored in this fixture last season.
Joao Moutinho (CM) – Has been in excellent form recently, scoring important goals against Manchester United and Brentford.
Leander Dendoncker (CM) – Lage may decide to pack the midfield rather than stick another forward in his frontline, so Dendoncker may play centrally.
Marcal (LWB) – Hasn’t always been Wolves’ first choice on the left, with Rayan Ait-Nouri often featuring there. It might be a toss-up.
Raul Jimenez (ST) – Has managed one goal in five appearances against Arsenal. Slowly getting back to his best after his injury last season.
Daniel Podence (ST) – Knits together Wolves’ attacks nicely. Still searching for his first league goal of the season.
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