Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
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Mark Lawrenson makes prediction for Wolves vs Arsenal

Wolves play host to Arsenal on Thursday – and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has made his prediction ahead of the match.

Wanderers have made a cracking start to 2022.

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Bruno Lage oversaw three Premier League victories in January. That helped him to pick up his first ever Manager of the Month award.

Frustratingly though, Wolves do go into the game with Arsenal having just gone out of the FA Cup to Norwich City.

A poor performance led to a 1-0 defeat, which was bitterly disappointing – and on Conor Coady’s 300th appearance for the club as well.

A big response is needed, and an erratic Arsenal side are the next visitors to Molineux.

The Gunners had a shocking January. They didn’t win a single game in the Premier League and went out of both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.

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It’s a great chance for Wolves to bounce back, and Lawrenson thinks that is what will happen.

Predicting a 2-0 win for Wolves, he said: “Wolves went out of the FA Cup last weekend, to Norwich, but their Premier League form has been very impressive since the turn of the year.

“Bruno Lage’s side are very good defensively. That means they can put in a pretty average performance going forward but still have a chance of winning games because they are so solid.

“They have conceded only 16 in 21 league games so far. I don’t think Arsenal will break them down either.”

Arsenal are there for the taking and Wolves need to go for it

Arsenal were abysmal last month. In addition to their defeats and draw with Burnley, Mikel Arteta’s side only scored one goal.

It is something that should give Wolves great confidence.

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As Lawrenson points out in his analysis, Wanderers have been solid defensively.

It is just about taking the game to Arsenal. Wolves have the capacity to play attacking and exciting football. We have had glimpses of it this season.

Although they have some talented individuals, Arsenal are there for the taking. Wolves need to go for it, and use the pain of that FA Cup defeat as fuel.