West Brom vs Arsenal Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
West Brom vs Arsenal | Saturday 29 November, 2014 | The Hawthorns | 12.45
Arsenal’s Champions League success this week saw the Gunners sail through the knockout stages and they’ll be hoping to put their domestic struggles behind them as they face West Brom on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger’s side have made a disappointing start to the season with a mere four wins in 12 Premier League outings. Arsenal faced a lot of criticism after last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Man United at the Emirates before securing a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the week.
Defender Per Mertesacker has commented that the side need to start bringing their European form to their league campaign.
“We were very convincing against Dortmund,” he said. “We have to show character and that is what makes me really happy for the next few games because we have to sharpen up in the Premier League as well.
“Saturday is a good chance to show everyone that we are still alive. We have secured Champions League football and that gives us a life but that has nothing to do with the Premier League. We have to come back in the Premier League and that is the next target.”
Arsenal’s problems have been intensified by a long list of injured players this season which has been added to with Jack Wilshere’s recent ankle problems. The midfielder has now undergone ankle surgery and will be out for at least three months.
Mikel Arteta and Yaya Sanogo both left the pitch with injuries during Wednesday’s game against Dortmund with both expected to be unfit to return to play at the Hawthorns.
Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Wojciech Szczesny all remain doubts having missed the midweek fixture.
West Brom are also hoping to recover from several league defeats, culminating in last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea. The hosts will be without midfielder Claudio Yacob who is serving a match ban and Jonas Olsson who is out until the new year as he undergoes an operation on his left foot.
West Brom boss Alan Irvine will be pleased to see defender Sebastian Pocognoli return from a hamstring injury this weekend and insists that Saido Berahino will be picked for the starting line-up despite being the subject of a drink-driving investigation.
Irvine’s men will be hoping to make a comeback at home on Saturday, having won just one game at the Hawthorns this season. Captain Christ Brunt commented, “Points are hard to come from away from home in this league but, in the last few months, we’ve done a lot better away from home.
“I don’t really know what that is. It’s a difficult one to put your finger on but it’s down to us to improve that. Arsenal will be favourites to win but we will be prepared for them. It’s a big game against Arsenal followed very closely by another one against West Ham. Our home form hasn’t been great this season so we have two games that give us a chance to improve that.”
West Brom vs Arsenal Betting Tips
With both teams seemingly underperforming in the league this game could go either way, although at 4/5 Arsenal are the bookies’ favourites (Betway).
Despite their list of absentees, Arsenal look good to win 2-0 at the Hawthorns, priced at 8/1 at Sky Bet, with Olivier Giroud at 4/1 to score first with Betway.