West Brom vs Arsenal: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Arsenal will look to make it three wins on the spin for the first time in the Premier League this season when they travel to strugglers West Brom on Saturday at 8pm.
West Brom vs Arsenal: Predictions
Following seven games without a win in the Premier League, Mikel Arteta has somewhat steadied the ship with back-to-back triumphs over Chelsea and Brighton, but he now faces a daunting trip to the Hawthorns to take on survival specialist Sam Allardyce and his West Brom.
The Gunners were in dire straits just a few weeks ago and looking worryingly over their shoulders at the bottom three — truly uncharted territory for the three-time Premier League winners. But, Arteta has got his side back on the right trajectory following successive wins, including that resounding result over Chelsea.
Despite the recent upturn in fortunes for the north Londoners, ‘Big Sam’ has been quick to try and gain a psychological edge on Arteta, publicly stating that he considers Arsenal a relegation rival this season. Should the Gunners seal victory, though, the gulf between the clubs will widen to 15 points.
However, Allardyce is an eminent firefighter, a renowned escapologist, who knows how to pick up results, having never been relegated in his career. His side may have lost 5-0 to Leeds last time out, but the 1-1 draw at Anfield the game prior should act as a cautionary tale to Arteta that Allardyce has not lost his managerial touch just yet.
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West Brom vs Arsenal: Match Stats
If Arteta is to keep the wheels in motion for Arsenal’s resurgence then he will need his key men to continue firing on all cylinders, and one player who has encapsulated the club’s recent revival is Bukayo Saka. The attacking whiz-kid is one of only two players under the age of 21, alongside Jadon Sancho (23), to have provided 10+ assists in a top-five European league and European competition since the start of last season (12). His most recent came against Brighton, teeing up Alexandre Lacazette after a scintillating run, and Arteta will be hoping he can do the business once again this weekend.
31 December 2017 – West Brom 1-1 Arsenal – Premier League
25 September 2017 – Arsenal 2-0 West Brom – Premier League
18 March 2017 – West Brom 3-1 Arsenal – Premier League
26 December 2016 – Arsenal 1-0 West Brom – Premier League
21 April 2016 – Arsenal 2-0 West Brom – Premier League
The last meeting between these sides came at the Hawthorns during West Brom’s relegation season, but Alan Pardew (one of four managers in that ill-fated 2017/18 campaign) managed to engineer a 1-1 draw, which was sealed in the last minute thanks to a Jay Rodriguez penalty. Allardyce would no doubt love a similar result this weekend.