Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Arsenal at Molineux on Saturday as both teams hunt for a European place in the Premier League.
Wolves gunning for Champions League and Arsenal for a Europa League berth could perhaps be considered roles reversed, such has been the contrasting fortunes between these two sides in recent times.
Visitors Arsenal have had a mixed bag of results since Project Restart began, having reached an FA Cup semi final but also losing two of their four Premier League fixtures so far.
Wolves meanwhile have been in good form since the season resumed, having won all three of their post-restart fixtures.
As such, Wanderers good form has put them in contention for an unlikely top four place, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side just 2 points off the pace.
As it stands, 5th may even be good enough for Champions League football, depending on whether Manchester City’s European ban sticks.
For Arsenal, Mikel Arteta will have had designs on a top four spot himself when the season returned, but a rocky start to the resumption sees his side lingering in 8th.
Defeats in the first two fixtures since lockdown cast a grim image, although the Gunners have begun to turn it around with a convincing thrashing of basement boys Norwich last time out.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double against the Canaries now puts him level with Jamie Vardy in the battle for the golden boot, with both strikers on 19 goals apiece.
Arsenal will also be boosted by the fact that promising young talent Bukayo Saka penned a new contract at the club earlier this week, despite speculation surrounding his future.
Mikel Arteta does have a lengthy injury list going in to the game with Wolves, with no fewer than 5 first team players expected to miss out, including goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defender Pablo Mari and forward Gabriel Martinelli.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has seen the break in the season rejuvenate his squad, with Wanderers having played fifty games for the campaign prior to lockdown – their first competitive match coming almost 12 months ago.
As such, the 3-month hiatus sees the Portuguese have a fully-fit crop to choose from.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal at Molineux is a 5.30pm kick off on Saturday, July 4.