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West Brom v Arsenal Premier League Preview

Posted on December 30, 2017 by David Nugent

On Sunday afternoon, West Brom host Arsenal at the Hawthorns in the Premier League, as both sides look to chalk up vital points.

West Brom are currently in the thick of the relegation dogfight. The Baggies are second from bottom in the top-flight table but are just three points away from the safety of 17th place.

The home side have failed to win any of their last 18 Premier League games after a goalless home draw with Everton last time out. The Baggies have failed to win in their last nine home games in the top-flight.

However, three of their last four home games in the English top-flight have finished in draws. The side from the Midlands have conceded at least two goals in five of their last seven home outings in the league.

Arsenal heads into this game looking to keep pace with the top-four teams. The visitors are currently sixth-place in the table, a point behind fourth-place Liverpool and behind arch-rivals Tottenham on goal difference.

The Gunners are unbeaten in their last five league games, although three of those games have finished in draws. Last time out Arsene Wenger’s side recorded a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace.

Arsenal are unbeaten in four away games in the Premier League, recording two wind and claiming two draws. However, three wins in the Gunners last ten games on their travels in the league is not a great record for the visitors.

The team from north London have lost on their last two visits to the Hawthorns However, Wenger’s team will be confident of breaking that run in this clash.

Team News

West Brom have some big absentees heading into this clash, with Belgian winger Nacer Chadli and central midfielder James Morrison both ruled out due to injury. Striker Solomon Rondon is also a big fitness doubt.

Midfielders Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey along with striker Olivier Giroud are set to miss out through injury. Spanish defender Nacho Monreal is also a big doubt, so Shkodran Mustafi is set to continue at centre-back.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could rotate his squad with the likes Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi pushing for starts.

Betting News

Arsenal head into this clash as favourites at odds of 7/10, while the draw is odds of 3/1 and the home side are odds of 17/4 to pull off a surprise win.

The Gunners should have enough quality to see-off the Baggies. However, this game is a potential banana skin for the visitors.

Will Arsenal record a win in the Midlands?

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