Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Prediction: Arsenal vs West Bromwich

Verdict: Arsenal to win at HT and FT

Best Odds: 10/11

Bookmaker: bet365

Arsenal and West Bromwich will close a new week of action in the English Premier League this Monday. Both teams need the points, although these two teams have been trending on opposite directions of late. The match will take place at the Emirates Stadium, and kick-off is scheduled at 8 PM BST.

Arsenal

The Gunners started the season quite bad, but there is no question Arsene Wenger’s men have looked like a much-improved unit over the last couple of weeks. Wins over Doncaster (on the Carabao Cup), FC Köln (in the UEFA Europa League) and Bournemouth (in the Premier League) have put them on the right track in all competitions. And even though their last EPL match resulted in a draw against Chelsea, their play has seen a considerable uptick in comparison to the early portion of the campaign. Their positive form will certainly improve the team’s morale, and this match against West Bromwich appears as the perfect chance to keep building momentum before the upcoming international break. Especially considering they will play at home, since Arsenal have registered victories in their last four home games across all competitions.

Team News

Arsenal will be quite depleted ahead of this match, as they could have up to seven absentees.

Santi Cazorla (achilles), Calum Chambers (groin), Francis Coquelin (thigh) and Danny Welbeck (groin) have been ruled out. Meanwhile, Mesut Özil (knock), Theo Walcott (knock) and Krystian Bielik (shoulder) will require late-fitness tests to determine their availability.

West Bromwich

Arsenal are on the rise, but West Bromwich are trending on the opposite direction. Tony Pulis’ men are in the midst of a four-game winless run, and are coming off a disappointing 1-2 defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. The Baggies remain in the middle part of the standings, but they need to turn things around quickly if they want to avoid complications with a potential relegation down the road. The season is still young, but a negative run might end up being the difference between fighting for a European berth or to avoid a drop to the Championship. Winning against Arsenal is always tough, however, and especially at the Emirates Stadium since they, a venue where The Gunners have looked quite good during the current term. WBA will need to improve massively in comparison to their past performances if they want to have a positive result this Monday.

Team News

West Brom do not have confirmed absentees ahead of this game. But that does not mean they will be at full strength.

Nacer Chadli (abdominal strain), Jake Livermore (undisclosed) and Oliver Burke (thigh) are doubtful. All three will be game-time decisions for the coaching staff.

Key Factors to Consider

  • West Bromwich have not won in their past four matches, registering two draws and two losses on that span.
  • On the other hand, Arsenal are riding a four-game undefeated run with three wins and one draw across all competitions.
  • The past five meetings between both clubs have registered three wins for Arsenal and two for WBA.
  • Arsenal could move up to seventh place if they register a win. On the other hand, WBA could get into Champions League zone if they get the three points.
  • Arsenal have won their last four home matches across all competitions.

Conclusion

Arsenal did not start the season on a positive note, but they have been improving of late. And West Bromwich have been quite inconsistent so far in the current campaign.

Arsenal should not have many problems to come away with the win at both half-time and full-time.

Verdict: Arsenal to win at HT and FT

Best Odds: 10/11

Bookmaker: bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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