The Wolverhampton Wolves have scored in every match since a season-opening loss to Manchester United and look to keep that streak alive against English Premier League-leading Arsenal. Check out our preview along with a Bundesliga matchup and find out the best soccer picks and parlays for the weekend.
Wolves on Scoring Streak
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Wolves were in for a relegation dogfight this season. After all, they didn’t exactly have an eye-catching summer window, having lost the midfield duo Ruben of Neves and Matheus Nunes and veteran strikers Raul Jimenez and Diego Costa. What’s more, after a season that would see them score a league-worst 31 goals and have a -27 goal differential, they failed to bring in any attackers.
The Wolves became the fourth team in Premier League history to stay up after being bottom of the table at Christmas, but the man who engineered their relegation escape – – Julen Lopetegui – left after growing frustrated with their lack of activity in the transfer market. Gary O’Neil took charge on Aug. 9, becoming the club’s first English manager since 2016. Two days later, he led Wolves into battle for their season opener at Old Trafford. Raphael Varane opened the scoring for Manchester United in the 76th minute whilst Wolves had a penalty call incorrectly turned down in extra time, with referees’ manager Jon Moss apologizing to O’Neil after the game.
If the Las Vegas sportsbooks abandoned faith in Wolves after that match, they shouldn’t have. Since that defeat, Wolves have found the back of the net in 14 consecutive matches. You can call them the Robin Hood of England. Whilst they have folded against some of the smaller teams in the top-flight, giving Luton Town their first-ever point at the Premier League level and enabling Sheffield United to end their winless start to the campaign, they have also taken a point against Newcastle and Aston Villa, beaten Tottenham and given Manchester City their first league defeat of the season.
Arsenal Atop Table
Whilst Wolves sit 12th in the table, Arsenal occupy first place after their recent 1-0 win against Brentford, following that up by thrashing Lens 6-0 and sealing the top spot in their Champions League group. The Gunners lost the league title to Manchester City last season despite leading the table for 248 days, but they have bounced back in stellar fashion, sitting one point above City and two above Liverpool and Villa.
It’s no surprise that the betting lines reflect Arsenal’s impressive form and back them heavily to pick a fifth straight win in all competitions. It’s also worth noting that the sport betting odds even favor Arsenal to shut out Wolves’ attack, with Wolves under -0.5 goals being valued at -120 in contrast to Over 0.5 at -110.
Hwang Hee-chan and Matheus Cunha should be able to exploit an Arsenal defense that has kept just two clean sheets in the league at the Emirates – both coming in October – but Arsenal should have no issues scoring either as they look to find the back of the net for the 21th time in 22 games this season.
Expect Gabriel Jesus to be a major threat for Mikel Arteta’s side: the Brazilian has scored six goals and one assist in six league starts against Wolves. After grabbing a goal and an assist against Lens, he’ll be looking to add to his tally in North London.
Premier League Pick: Both teams to score (+110)
Grimaldo to Continue Stellar Form Against BVB
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past four months, you know by now that Bayer Leverkusen are one of the best teams in world football right now. The last remaining undefeated team in Europe alongside OGC Nice, they have won all but one of their 19 matches, with the sole exception of their 2-2 draw at Bayern Munich, scoring 64 goals and conceding 14.
There’s a reason why Bundesliga betting connoisseurs are starting to put their money on Die Werkself, who are the only team in the UEFA Europa League that has won every single match this season. Despite resting various key players like Jonas Hofmann, Granit Xhaka and Jeremie Frimpong, Leverkusen took care of business on Thursday with a comfortable 2-0 win in Hacken, sealing first place in their group.
Whilst they may wear the same black-and-yellow, striped kits as Hacken, Borussia Dortmund are certainly a cut above the Swedish side in terms of quality, and they will be a tough test for Xabi Alonso’s side. BVB have escaped from the Champions League’s Group of Death and currently sit three points above PSG and five above Newcastle and Milan, but they have been far from convincing in domestic play.
They sit fourth in the table, one point above RB Leipzig, three behind Stuttgart, eight behind Bayern and 10 behind Leverkusen. They have not kept a clean sheet in the league since Oct. 20, with their last four matches seeing them draw 3-3 to Eintracht Frankfurt, lose 4-0 to Bayern and 2-1 to Stuttgart, and beat Gladbach 4-2.
It goes without saying that you should be backing Leverkusen to score over 1.5 goals. With the exception of last month’s 1-0 win in Qarabag, they have scored at least two goals in every single match and the odds are in their favor as they look to repeat that feat against a BVB side that has conceded 19 goals in 12 league matches.
As far as individual players to keep an eye for this one, you can’t look past Alex Grimaldo. The Spaniard has been unleashed as a left wing-back under Alonso, and at 28, he is staking a claim as the best in his position. Last season saw him rack up 5five goals and 11 assists in 33 league appearances, winning his fourth league title at Benfica before heading to Leverkusen on a free transfer. This season, he’s taken his game to another level with an astonishing seven goals and five assists in 12 league appearances.
Each of Álex Grimaldo’s 10 assists for Benfica this season in the league:
Bayer Leverkusen are getting a special left back who’s in the form of his career. pic.twitter.com/177uYW9qC1
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) June 1, 2023
Grimaldo kicked off November by scoring a brace against Hoffenheim before following that up with a goal and an assist against Union Berlin. He earned his first-ever call-up to the Spanish national team, grabbing an assist in their 3-1 win against Cyprus in Euro qualifying, before scoring the third and final goal in their 3-0 win against Werder Bremen. After getting a full rest on Thursday, he’ll be full of energy and raring to go on Sunday against BVB.
Don’t let the incredibly low betting lines scare you: At +150, Grimaldo to Score or Assist is a worthy addition to your Bundesliga predictions. In fact, if you were to bet $50 on Grimaldo scoring against Dortmund, you’d stand to win a profit of $175 if proven successful. Leverkusen can take a huge step towards winning their first-ever Bundesliga title by beating BVB, and I’m backing them to do so with the help of Grimaldo.
Bundesliga Pick: Grimaldo To Score Or Assist (+150)
Questions Of The Day
Which soccer players are most likely to score goals this weekend?
He may be a left wing-back, but don’t bet against Alex Grimaldo finding the back of the net against BVB.