West Brom v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 29, 2017
The Hawthorns – Premier League
Sunday’s afternoon kick-off sees Arsenal travel to West Brom, looking to build on a strong run of Premier League results. Arsenal are unbeaten in seven weeks whilst the Baggies haven’t won since August.
West Brom have a decent record against their weekend opponents, and have won this fixture for two years in a row, most recently thanks to goals from Craig Dawson and Hal Robson Kanu.
Arsenal shouldn't be too worried though, as a Alexandre Lacazette double gave them an easy win over the Baggies in the teams’ previous meeting this season.
Alan Pardew has his whole squad to choose from, with no injuries or suspensions, whilst his opposite number only has Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla in the treatment room.
West Brom v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
West Brom’s boxing day draw to Everton market yet another failure to win at home against relegation rivals, despite dominating the match. The fault may well rest on the form of Alan Pardews’ strikers who have just seven goals between them, with the Baggies scoring just three since the manager took over.
Against the Toffees, Albion had 17 shots to their opponents seven, however, of these, both sides got three on target. Unfortunately for Pardew, he is unlikely to see anywhere near as many chances against Arsenal, and if only one in six shots are hitting the target, they are unlikely to get an elusive win at the weekend.
The Gunners have no such problem, with an average of 1.8 goals per game, with odds of 23/20 to score over 1.5 at the weekend, and four players having scored more than the Baggies top scorer. They have, however, struggled to break down teams that that defend deep and willingly concede possession, with draws and narrow wins over West Ham, Southampton and Newcastle.
If the Baggies choose to do the same, they have a far better defence than their league position suggest, and could come out with a vital point.
Mesut Ozil first goalscorer at 10/1
Germany international Ozil has found the score sheet more regularly in recent weeks and is hitting form as a new contract - and the transfer window - looms.
Arsenal clean sheet at 6/4
West Brom have been in poor goalscoring form of late, and Wenger will be keen to build defensive confidence.