Arsenal face lowly Wolverhampton on Wednesday at Molineux Stadium in a battle of two very different clubs.
The Gunners are playing with a great deal of confidence, while Wolves have been winless in more than two months.
Terry O'Connor's squad have lost six-straight matches, and their last win was on Feb. 4, when they defeated Queens Park Rangers. 2-1. Though Wolves have played some of their opponents tight, the club have struggled to keep clubs off the board. On Mar. 5, Wolverhampton surrendered five goals to Fulham.
Wolves have lost six-straight games, including losses to Blackburn and Bolton Wanderers, and were humiliated by Fulham, when they lost to the Cottagers on Mar. 4, 5-0.
While Wolves are desperate for a positive outcome, Arsenal have been excellent in recent weeks. The Gunners have won eight of their last nine matches.
Though Arsenal are expected to defeat Wolverhampton, Arsene Wenger's squad have a reputation for not finishing off weaker competition. The two clubs drew at Emirates Stadium on Dec. 27, 1-1. Wenger will expect a better effort this time around, with a vulnerable Wolves side.
Wolverhamtpon are without injured Jamie O'Hara, Stephen Hunt and Jody Craddock.
Arsenal will be without a key player. Centre back Laurent Koscielny is suspended for picking up his 10th yellow card. The Gunners are still without Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker, Abou Diaby, Emmanuel Frimpong, and Francis Coquelin.
D: Zubar, Stearman, Bassong, Ward
M: Kightly, Henry, Edwards, Jarvis, Davis
D: Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen,Santos
M: Arteta, Song, Benayoun
F: Walcott, Van Persie, Ramsey
PREDICTION: This has the potential to be a laugher. Arsenal will come out with great intensity, and a hat trick for Robin van Persie wouldn't be surprising. However, Wolves are due for a better effort. The home side held their ground in the last meeting, and might be able to capitalize off Koscielny's absence. Still, the Gunners should prevail with ease.
PREDICTED SCORE: Arsenal over Wolverhampton, 4-1