West Brom v Arsenal Match Preview and Betting Tips
March 14, 2017
Saturday 18 March – The Hawthorns – Premier League
West Brom welcome Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal to the West Midlands, with the visitors looking to put their indifferent recent run behind them. Goals are likely to be the main feature in this one, with both sides possessing plenty of firepower.
Arsenal have won five out the last six meetings, but West Brom won the home Premier League fixture in 2015-16.
Arsenal could be without attackers Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil for this lunchtime kick off, with both players unwell. If they are ruled out, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud will keep their places in attack. Mohammed Elneny is out with an ankle problem, and Santi Cazorla remains out with a long term injury.
Baggies boss Tony Pulis should be able to pick from a fully fit squad for this one, with Matty Phillips set to return from a hamstring problem, to bolster their attacking options. The former QPR man has four Premier League goals this season, and could replace James McClean in the starting line up.
West Brom v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
Arsenal have been far from their best in recent weeks, losing to Liverpool and Bayern Munich, twice, and exiting the Champions League in the process. Away from home they have looked anything but convincing, as they are without a Premier League win on the road since January.
However their hosts are also in poor form, losing back-to-back games in the Premier League, although they have won three of their last four home games.
Their most likely route to a goal will be via a set piece, the delivery of Chris Brunt, matched with the aerial power of Gareth McAuley and Salomon Rondon could cause real problems for Arsenal.
This is a tough one to call, but Arsenal should have just enough to win it, with the North Londoners 13/20 to secure all three points. Although a goals-focused bet could be a better option on this, with Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals coming in at 33/20.
Given West Brom’s home form, discounting them completely would be an error. A BTTS bet is priced at 8/13 and is a fantastic option.
Olivier Giroud to score first at 10/3
France international Giroud has been a thorn in the Baggies’ side in recent season, netting twice in his last three starts against them, and will be a danger again.
Over 2.5 goals in the game at 4/5
Arsenal are something of a wounded animal at the moment but they are still fighting for the top for and they should be in scoring form, but West Brom could net too.