Wolverhampton Wanderers’ woes continued as Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League (PL) defeat to Crystal Palace left them winless in eight league fixtures (D3, L5). Adrift of the battle for European qualification, they’re not yet embroiled in a relegation fight but have now drawn a blank in seven (33.33%) of their PL games this season – one fewer than their tally throughout last term.
Interestingly, both teams have scored in 70% of their home league matches this season while Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet in six (W1, D2, L3). PL games here have frequently taken time to unfold: while five (50%) such fixtures were goalless at the break, eight (53.33%) out of 15 second-half league goals at Molineux came after the 75th minute.
Meanwhile, Arsenal nudged themselves closer to the European qualification places with a 0-0 stalemate against title contenders Manchester United (Jan 30). That was their third PL game in four (W2, D2) to witness a goalless first half, although it’s worth noting that each of the last nine league H2Hs produced over 0.5 first-half goals.
The ‘Gunners’ have kept it tight after HT in PL away games this season, conceding just once in the second half – nobody has been more defensively sound after HT. Encouragingly, the away side on the day has only lost one of the last seven league H2Hs (W3, D3).
Arsenal to win or draw.