The humane thing to do would be to relegate Wolves now. On a run of six successive defeats, next up for the Old Gold is a home game against Arsenal. It could be painful watching for fans of the Molineux outfit.
For the Gunners have been as good as Wolves have been bad in the last few weeks, with their last eight game reaping seven victories.
Their only slip-up came at relegation-threatened QPR, but before Wolves supporters see this as cause for encouragement it should be noted that the Hoops had beaten Liverpool at Loftus Road ten days before. Wolves have no such form to fall back on.
Arsenal have also won their last six trips to Molineux and have not lost an away match to Wolves since a Mel Eves goal gave the home side a 1-0 victory in October 1978.
Wolves’ defensive record at Molineux is particularly poor – they have conceded 21 goals in their last six home matches.
So victory looks to be secure for the Gunners tomorrow and they are 21/50 favourites to pick up all three points in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
This leaves the draw at 7/2 and a Wolves success at 6/1.
Given Wolves have conceded at least two goals in each of their last seven appearances, it is not only a defeat that Terry Connor’s side are heading to, but a heavy one.
Wolves’ defensive record at Molineux is particularly poor – they have conceded 21 goals in their last six home matches. Even Bolton, Aston Villa and Liverpool managed three apiece, while West Brom and Man Utd both struck five times.
With this in mind, an Arsenal win by at least two goals looks generous at 11/10 in the handicap market.
One thing which will work in the Gunners’ favour is that Wolves simply have to win.
Marooned at the bottom by a six-point margin – which is realistically seven given their inferior goal difference – the Old Gold will be going all out for three points to keep their already wafer-slim hopes of staying up alive.
This should give Arsenal plenty of space to exploit and will leave them ideally placed to follow in the footsteps of Bolton, Villa, Liverpool, West Brom and Man Utd in scoring at least three goals at odds of 27/20.
After all, the Gunners have even reduced their reliance on Robin van Persie in recent weeks, with Mikel Arteta (2), Theo Walcott (2), Thomas Vermaelen (2) and Kieran Gibbs all scoring since the Dutchman last found the back of the net.
So even if Wenger decides his star striker is in the ‘red zone’ and deploys Marouane Chamakh or Chu-Young Park up front in his place, Arsenal should have enough firepower to secure a comfortable victory.
And if Van Persie does start, expect him to end his uncharacteristic four-game goalscoring drought and edge Wolves ever closer to the drop in the process.
Recommended bet: Arsenal to win by at least two goals @ 11/10
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