Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal

Venue: The Hawthorns – Saturday, November 21 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: West Brom 11/2 – Draw 16/5 – Arsenal 1/2

Match Preview

West Bromwich Albion welcome Arsenal to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon as Premier League action returns following the international break.

The Baggies have had two weeks to reflect on consecutive defeats to Leicester and Man United, which has left them thirteenth in the table after a satisfactory opening 12 games.

Tony Pulis has seen his side struggle to put the ball in the back of the net this season, scoring just ten goals in the Premier League, meaning they have the joint worst attacking record alongside Aston Villa and Stoke.

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Another problem for West Brom has been picking up points on home soil, recording just one win from six games at the Hawthorns (D1, L4), so they’ll be desperate to put that right.

West Brom’s Premier League record: P12 – W4 – D2 – L6

By stark contrast to West Brom’s home form, Arsenal boast the best away record in the league with five wins out of six on the road.

The Gunners come into this in good form, even though their run of five straight league wins was ended by Tottenham, following the 1-1 draw at home to their North London rivals last time out.

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A win for Arsenal over West Brom would take them top of the Premier League and put pressure on Man City who face Liverpool in the evening fixture on Saturday.

Arsenal’s Premier League record: P12 – W8 – D2 – L2

The last meeting between these two sides was a comfortable 4-1 win for Arsenal on the final day of last season, while the last clash at the Hawthorns saw the Gunners claim a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a Danny Welbeck header.

Team News

West Brom will be without Gareth McAuley who is serving a one-match ban following his red card against Man United. Ben Foster remains out with a long-term knee injury, while the on-loan Serge Gnabry cannot play against his parent club. Chris Brunt’s fitness will be assessed as he has a slight groin problem.

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Hector Bellerin will return to the squad following a groin injury. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) are unlikely to recover in time for this game but could return in midweek. Laurent Koscielny may be rested following an understandably tough week for the Frenchman. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott (calf), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (knee) remain out.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/W/L/L

Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/D

Key Stat: West Brom have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 13 meetings in the Premier League (D2, L10).

Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German midfield maestro has been influential this season and already has ten assists to his name. He’ll be hoping to continue his fine form.

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Score Prediction

West Brom 0-2 Arsenal  Arsenal have the joint second strongest defence in the league. Combine that fact with West Brom’s lack of goals, poor home form and the Gunners’ excellent away record and you can only really see one outcome here.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton

Venue: Upton Park – Saturday, February 28th – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: West Brom 23/10 – Draw 21/10 – Southampton 13/10

Match Preview

West Brom host Southampton at the Hawthorns in an intriguing match in the Premier League on Saturday with the Saints looking to bounce back after winning just one of their last four.

Southampton have been knocked out of the top four after a poor run that has seen them score just one league goal in four games. That came in the last minute at Queens Park Rangers and Ronald Koeman needs to fix things quickly if the Saints are to keep their fight for Champions League football on track until the end of the season.

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On paper a trip to West Brom gives Southampton a good chance to get back to winning ways but that will be no easy task against a Baggies side that has lost just one of their last seven in the league.

Tony Pulis has turned things around since taking over and has only lost once in that 3-0 home defeat to Spurs at the end of January.

West Brom have scored six and conceded none in their last three in all competitions with their last home game an impressive 4-0 FA Cup romp against West Ham.

The Baggies drew 0-0 at Sunderland last time out and will be confident of moving further away from the relegation zone this weekend. They currently sit in 14th, five points above the drop zone.

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Southampton are now in fifth place but are just one point behind Manchester United in fourth and two behind Arsenal in third. Winning at the Hawthorns would get them back on track after a 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool last Sunday.

The reverse fixture at St Mary’s this season saw the sides share the spoils in a goalless draw and it could be just as tight on Saturday.

Team News

West Brom are likely to be without striker Victor Anichebe who is suffering from a groin strain while Saido Berahino and James Morrison will face late fitness tests. Stephane Sessegnon could return to the starting lineup after sitting out the game at Sunderland.

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Southampton will definitely be without forwards Jay Rodriguez and Emmanuel Mayuka but will welcome back left-back Ryan Bertrand who returns from suspension. Toby Alderweireld could return is he recovers from a hamstring injury but this game could come too soon for the Belgian. Steven Davis is a doubt after being forced off against Liverpool last week.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/D/W/D

Southampton’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/W/D/L

Key Stat: West Brom have failed to score against Southampton in their last three meetings (W0 D1 L2).

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Key Player: Brown Ideye – The Nigerian striker has four goals and one assist in his last four games and seems to perform best in front of his own fans. He will be a real threat for Southampton in this one.

Score Prediction

West Brom 1-1 Southampton – The Saints will struggle to break down this West Brom side but could earn a point with a hard-fought performance at the Hawthorns. Tony Pulis has his side playing well and another point will help them to keep moving clear of relegation.