Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham vs. West Bromwich Albion

Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, January 14 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Spurs 30/100 – Draw 4/1 – West Brom 10/1

Match Preview

Spurs welcome West Brom to White Hart Lane in Saturday’s early kickoff in the Premier League, with the home side looking to stretch their winning run to six league games.

Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 in their most recent Premier League game, before then beating Aston Villa in the FA Cup Third Round by the same scoreline.

Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with the way his side are performing of late, and particularly Dele Alli after watching the 20-year-old midfielder score six times in his last three starts.

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A win over West Brom on Saturday would see Spurs move into second before Liverpool play Manchester United on Sunday, and that will undoubtedly be the aim.

The Baggies arrive at Spurs off the back of a two-game winning run after beating Southampton and Hull in their last two league games.

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They did, however, crash out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 at home to Derby last Saturday and Tony Pulis will be desperate to see his players respond with a better showing here.

The Baggies have drawn each of the last three games with Spurs 1-1. A dramatic ending to the clash at the Hawthorns back in October saw both sides score in the final eight minutes.

Team News

Spurs only have one player ruled out of the contest, with Erik Lamela still a week away from a return to action after struggling with a hip injury. Mauricio Pochettino’s biggest decision will be what formation to deploy from the outset, with the 3-4-3 setup working well against Watford and Chelsea in their last two league games.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is set to be without four players for the trip to Spurs. Saido Berahino is short of match fitness, while Allan Nyom could be unavailable as a result of refusing to play for Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans are both doubts and may miss the game.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

West Brom’s last five: W/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: Spurs have only won one of their last seven games against West Brom, drawing five times against the Baggies in that time, with the last three meetings ending 1-1.

Key Player: Dele Alli – The Spurs midfielder is in the form of his life. He’s scored a brace in his last three Premier League outings – becoming the first midfielder to do so in the competition – and has scored twice in three previous clashes with the Baggies. Expect him to be causing the West Brom defence problems again here.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-1 West Brom – Spurs have struggled to get wins against the Baggies in recent times and another tough test is expected in Saturday’s early kickoff. But Tottenham have looked resurgent in recent weeks and their 2-0 win over Chelsea was arguably their best result of the season. They should follow that up with another three points against a West Brom side that has struggled against the big sides this term.


Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United

Venue: The Hawthorns – Saturday, December 17 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: West Brom 4/1 – Draw 13/5 – Man United 7/10

Match Preview

West Brom welcome Manchester United to The Hawthorns on Saturday evening as sixth face seventh in the Premier League.

The Baggies are in good form, with last weekend’s loss at Chelsea their only defeat in six league games. They bounced straight back with a 3-1 win over Swansea and look good value for their league position, sitting just four points behind United.

Tony Pulis will ensure his team are tough to break down against a strong United team here, and they can take confidence from the fact they’ve won their last three home games on the spin.

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For Manchester United, this represents another stern test in their final game before Christmas. Jose Mourinho’s men are unbeaten in seven and have won back-to-back league games for the first time since August.

They followed up last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Spurs with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening. That should ensure they travel to The Hawthorns in good spirits on Saturday.

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Mourinho’s men haven’t reached the levels expected of them so far this season but a win here would start to give supporters plenty of confidence at a crucial stage of the campaign.

West Brom beat United in their most recent meeting in March, with a Salomon Rondon goal enough to earn the Baggies three points. They’ve now beaten United in three of their last six meetings.

Team News

West Brom remain without Saido Berahino and Boaz Myhill, while former United defender Jonny Evans is a doubt after missing the midweek win over Swansea.

Manchester United are expected to be without Henrikh Mkhitaryan again here, with the Armenian winger not expected back until Boxing Day. Chris Smalling remains out, while Eric Bailly is expected to miss this trip after leaving the game at Palace with another injury problem. Luke Shaw is a doubt, as is Anthony Martial, who missed the game in midweek.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five: W/D/W/L/W

Manchester United’s last five: D/D/D/W/W

Key Stat: West Brom have won their last three home games, scoring 10 goals in those victories.

Key Player: Salomon Rondon – The Baggies striker netted a hat-trick on Wednesday night, becoming just the second player in Premier League history to score three headed goals in one game. He now has seven league goals this season and will be looking to guide West Brom to another win here.

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Score Prediction

West Brom 1-1 Man United – This is expected to be a tight contest between two sides that will be desperate to earn another impressive win in the final game before Christmas. West Brom have been scoring for fun at home and will threaten the United defence here, although Jose Mourinho’s men look to be finding form and will be tough to beat here. Score draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Sunday, December 11 – 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Chelsea 1/4 – Draw 5/1 – West Brom 11/1

Match Preview

Chelsea host West Brom on Sunday as they look to stretch their winning run to nine games in the Premier League and move back ahead of Arsenal to the top of the table.

The Blues have been excellent over the past two months and their 3-1 win at Manchester City last weekend only confirmed that they are back to their very best, with a Premier League title looking likely at this stage.

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Antonio Conte’s men have only conceded two goals in their last eight games and should prove too strong for the Baggies here, with everyone expecting Chelsea to return to the top of the table.

West Brom have been in good form of late though and will arrive looking to frustrate the home side. Tony Pulis’ men have not lost in four and have only lost one of their last five away games in the Premier League.

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They are hard to break down and would love to walk away from Stamford Bridge with a point on Sunday. They have managed to do just that on two of their last three trips to West London, but remain huge underdogs for this one.

The last meeting between the two sides saw them draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge back in January. There tends to be a lot of goals when these sides meet and so an exciting game is expected in Sunday’s early kickoff.

Team News

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said he will start to rotate his squad over the busy Christmas period, despite making very few changes to the starting lineup during their eight-game winning run. John Terry is out again, while Oscar is ruled out with illness. Nemanja Matic missed the game at City last week but could return here, while Pedro and Diego Costa are likely to play despite picking up knocks last weekend.

West Brom could welcome back Nacer Chadli on Sunday, with James Morrison a doubt. Gareth McAuley hasn’t trained this week, so he’s unlikely to start in defence, paving the way for Jonas Olsson to step in. Salomon Rondon will lead the line in what is likely to be a defensive setup by Tony Pulis.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

West Brom’s last five: L/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: West Brom have not won a league game at Stamford Bridge since 1978. They have drawn three and lost ten since their last victory 38 years ago.

Key Player: Diego Costa – The Chelsea player scooped the November Player of the Month award and is back to his best. He was instrumental in last weekend’s win at Manchester City and will need to continue to show the fight and hunger in and around the box if Chelsea are to remain on track for the Premier League title. If Costa avoids a booking on Sunday, he will have gone nine games without one for the first time in over five years.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 2-0 West Brom – West Brom will arrive at Stamford Bridge looking to remain tight and make things tough for the home side, but Chelsea have proven how good they are over the past two months and have more than enough quality to breakthrough and win this game comfortably. Home win.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Burnley

Competition: Premier League – West Brom vs. Burnley

Venue: The Hawthorns – Monday, November 21 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: West Brom 10/11 – Draw 23/10 – Burnley 7/2 

Match Preview

West Bromwich Albion welcome Burnley to The Hawthorns for the Premier League’s Monday night clash as both sides return to action following the international break.

The Baggies most recent outing saw them pick up a 2-1 away win at last year’s champions, Leicester City – all the more impressive considering the Foxes hadn’t suffered a home league defeat for 20 games.

That win would have given West Brom a huge confidence boost following a run of five games without a win going into it.

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Tony Pulis will hope his side have now turned a corner and can make a real challenge to finish in the top half of the table this season – a win here would be the first time they’ve recorded consecutive victories this season.

Confidence will be equally high in the Burnley camp after a dramatic last minute winner from Ashley Barnes secured a 3-2 win at home to Crystal Palace last time out.

The Clarets are undefeated in their last three games (W2, D1) and a win here would lift them into ninth place, sending out a real statement to anyone who thought they’d be this year’s whipping boys.

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Sean Dyche will be hoping his side can improve on their poor away record however, as results have been hard to come by away from Turf Moor (D1, L3).

The last time these two sides played each other, it ended in a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor back in February 2015. The previous meeting at The Hawthorns saw West Brom run out comfortable 4-0 winners in September 2014.

Team News

West Brom could still be without both Saido Berahino (fitness) and Nacer Chadli (knee surgery), while striker Salomon Rondon should return to action following a hamstring injury.

Burnley defender Stephen Ward is a doubt as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury which kept him out of the home win against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five: D/D/L/L/W

Burnley’s last five: L/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Burnley haven’t won at The Hawthorns since 1969. They’ve played there on ten occasions since then in all competitions, drawing twice and losing the other eight.

Key Player: Matt Phillips – He scored the winner for the Baggies at Leicester and really impressed. He’ll be looking to build on that with another fine performance here.

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Score Prediction

West Brom 1-1 Burnley – West Brom and Burnley will be confident from their previous results and a draw would probably be a reasonable outcome for both sides. Score draw.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester City vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: King Power Stadium – Sunday, November 6 – 16:30 GMT (11:30 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 3/4 – Draw 5/2 – West Brom 9/2

Match Preview

Leicester welcome West Brom to the King Power Stadium for the final Premier League game of the weekend on a busy Sunday afternoon of fixtures.

The Foxes will be on a high after a goalless draw away at FC Copenhagen in midweek saw them edge closer to securing a place in the last-16 knockout stages of the Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri’s side also picked up a valuable point in the league away at Tottenham last weekend, however, inconsistency has scuppered the defence of their title.

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The reigning champions are currently in mid-table but are still unbeaten at home (W3, D2), so they’ll be confident of a positive result, which would see them go three consecutive games without defeat for the first time this season.

West Brom can’t seem to buy a win at the moment, recording just one victory in their last nine league games (D4, L4), so they need results to improve to avoid being drawn into a relegation scrap.

Tony Pulis won’t be concerned just yet though, as he has the know-how and will point to the tough run of recent fixtures as a reason for why they’ve struggled for wins, having faced Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City in their last three.

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The Baggies don’t travel particularly well, with just two wins in their last 19 Premier League away games (D9, L8), so they will desperately want to change that record.

The previous meeting between these two sides was an entertaining 2-2 draw at Leicester back in March.

Team News

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is out after breaking his hand in midweek, so Robert Zieler will start in between the sticks. Islam Slimani should return following a muscle injury.

West Brom will be without standout man Nacer Chadli after he underwent knee surgery. James McClean will miss the game through suspension after picking up five yellow cards, while Saido Berahino (fitness) and Jonas Olsson (hamstring) are out. Claudio Yacob returns to the squad following suspension.

Key Points

Leicester’s last five: L/D/L/W/D

West Brom’s last five: D/D/D/L/L

Key Stat: Goals  There has been a combined total of 14 goals in the last three games involving these two sides.

Key Player: Ahmed Musa – The Nigerian has come to the fore recently, netting two goals in his last two games – he could be a great player for the Foxes both this season and in years to come.

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Score Prediction

Leicester City 2-1 West Brom – Leicester have been strong at home this season despite their inconsistency, while West Brom’s form has dipped. It should be a tightly contested affair, but the Foxes will fancy their chances of edging it.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, October 22 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Liverpool 30/100 – Draw 17/4 – West Brom 9/1

Match Preview

Liverpool take on West Brom at Anfield in Saturday’s evening Premier League fixture with both sides looking to build on a good start to the season.

The Reds struggled to break down a rigid Manchester United defence in a goalless draw on Monday night and will come up against opposition that will most likely deploy similar tactics to United’s this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in free scoring form so far this season with 18 goals in the league – only Man City and Arsenal have managed more (19) – so they’ll be hoping to bounce back with a win.

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The draw with United ended a run of four consecutive league wins for Liverpool, however they’re now unbeaten in six and haven’t yet lost a home game (W2, D1).

West Brom arrive in Merseyside after nearly snatching all three points in their 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham last weekend, as only a last-gasp Dele Alli equaliser cancelled out Nacer Chadli’s strike against his former club.

The performance will have pleased Tony Pulis as his side showed they could cut it against the league’s top sides, showing a good fighting spirit and defensive solidarity.

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With that in mind, the Baggies may fancy their chances of earning themselves at least a point at Anfield as they’re proving difficult to beat and will try to hurt Liverpool at set pieces.

The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of last season. The last three clashes have ended in a draw.

Team News

Liverpool are hoping James Milner recovers from a knock, while Giorgio Wijnaldum is a doubt. Sheyi Ojo, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez will miss the game through injury.

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West Brom’s only major concern is that Jonny Evans will miss the game through suspension after already picking up five yellow cards this season.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

West Brom’s last five: L/W/D/D/D

Key Stat: West Brom have won on two of their last five league visits to Anfield (D1, L2).

Key Player: Nacer Chadli – The Belgian has been in scintillating form for his new club and will be looking to make an impact in this game. He’s the go to guy at the moment and if West Brom are to get something, he’s bound to play a part.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom – The Reds should have enough to edge past a resilient West Brom side. The Baggies are unlikely to be rolled over easily but Jurgen Klopp has plenty of quality at his disposal which could be the difference.

West Brom complete club-record £13m deal for Chadli – but is he worth it?

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West Bromwich Albion have today completed a club-record transfer for Nacer Chadli, with the Belgium international joining from Spurs for a reported fee of £13 million.

The 27-year-old was one of the seven players signed by Tottenham with the money raised from Gareth Bale’s then world-record transfer in 2013, with Chadli going on to make 119 appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals.

He departs the north London club having fallen down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino, with the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Josh Onomah and Heung-Min Son all getting attention ahead of Chadli so far this term.

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The switch to West Brom will allow the Belgian winger to reinvent himself in a team that will place higher importance on his abilities than he ever enjoyed at White Hart Lane.

Chadli is primarily a left-winger, although he can also operate on the opposite flank or as an out-and-out striker. He will likely replace James McClean in the Baggies’ starting lineup, with fellow summer signing Matt Phillips occupying a place on the right, behind striker Salomon Rondon.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has spoken of how Chadli will improve the squad and has labelled him as a “top, top player”.

“I’m delighted we’ve got him, Pulis said. “I said last week that these signings all had to be about players who would improve our squad – and Nacer does precisely that.”

But just how will the new man improve the Baggies?

Table: Chadli's 2015/16 Premier League statistics compared to James McClean and Chris Brunt (stats via Squawka).

Table: Chadli’s 2015/16 Premier League statistics compared to James McClean and Chris Brunt (stats via Squawka).

As the table above shows, Chadli is much more of a goal-threat than West Brom’s current left-sided options in James McClean and Chris Brunt.

The former FC Twente man scored more goals than Brunt and McClean combined last season, despite playing significantly fewer minutes than his new teammates.

Chadi also created more than twice as many chances than McClean per 90 minutes last season, and also fired more shots per game too.

The Irishman is more direct in the sense of getting his head down and taking on an opposing defender, but Chadli will add quality to the Baggies attack, with his crossing and eye for goal just two aspects that should help Pulis’ men going forward.

At 27, Chadli should be entering the prime of his career and Pulis will now be looking to get the best out of his new acquisition.

For Chadli, playing regular first-team football will help him rediscover his best form and should also increase his chances of getting back into the Belgium national team picture.

The transfer makes sense for both parties, although paying a club-record fee for any player increases pressure and Chadli will need to try and inject some pace into the team’s attack from the word ‘go’.

He will expect to make his debut in West Brom’s next game away at Bournemouth on September 10 following the international break.

Is Nacer Chadli a good signing for West Brom?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion

Venue: White Hart Lane – Monday, April 25 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Tottenham 2/9 – Draw 5/1 – West Brom 14/1

Match Preview

Tottenham host West Brom on Monday night as they look to keep their Premier League title charge alive with the end of the season drawing ever closer.

Spurs will be closely watching Leicester’s game with Swansea on Sunday and will be hoping the Foxes drop points as they did last weekend, with the Lilywhites ready to pounce on any mistakes when they play a day later.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team have impressed all year, but last week’s 4-0 demolition of Stoke at the Britannia was one of the best away performances any team has put in this season.

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Tottenham were unplayable and could have scored six or seven goals. If they play with the same intensity this week, West Brom will stand little chance in halting their progress.

The Baggies are stuck in limbo with four games to go. They have little to play for, with relegation seemingly impossible, and so it’s perhaps difficult for Tony Pulis to motivate his players.

West Brom sit ten points clear of safety with four to go. They have reached that magical ’40-point’ mark and are now seemingly waiting for the season to end.

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They come into this game in poor form, having lost three in a row, and are looking to end a five-game winless run at White Hart Lane on Monday.

The Baggies lost 2-0 away at Arsenal on Thursday night and the lack of recovery time ahead of this game will likely play into Tottenham’s hands.

The reverse fixture saw the sides draw 1-1 at the Hawthorns, with Dele Alli’s early strike cancelled out by James McClean before halftime. Tottenham have only won one of their last five clashes against the Baggies but will hope to cruise to three points on Monday.

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Team News

Mauricio Pochettino has just one injury concern as Nabil Bentaleb remains out. Clinton N’Jie is not yet fit enough to feature but will be pushing for a place on the substitutes bench. Pochettino is expected to name an unchanged team to the one that swept Stoke away last Monday.

West Brom have only had three days to prepare for this game following their Thursday night loss at Arsenal. Tony Pulis will not be able to call on Spurs loanee Alex Pritchard, while Chris Brunt and James Morrison remain injured.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: W/W/D/W/W

West Brom’s last five: L/D/L/L/L

Key Stat: West Brom have only lost one of their last five Premier League visits to White Hart Lane (W1 D3), with Tottenham’s last home win against the Baggies coming in 2012.

Key Player: Harry Kane – Tottenham’s star striker has proved his critics wrong by enjoying another fine season. He leads the scoring chart with 24 and is now just two strikes away from hitting 50 Premier League goals. After scoring eight in his last six league outings, Kane will expect to find the net against the Baggies here.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 4-0 West Brom – Tottenham are playing some incredible football and don’t look to be running out of steam at a crucial part of the season. Regardless of the Leicester result on Sunday, Spurs will be out to seal three points and should prove far too strong for the Baggies. West Brom have only scored once in their last five outings and will struggle to penetrate a strong Tottenham defence here.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Thursday, April 21 – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET) 

Match Odds: Arsenal 2/7 – Draw 17/4 – West Brom 10/1

Match Preview

Arsenal host West Brom in a rare Thursday night Premier League clash this week, with the Gunners desperate for three points as they look to guarantee Champions League football for next term.

Arsene Wenger’s side have endured a tough campaign, with many expecting them to win the Premier League title a few months back, before a terrible run of form has seen them slip down to fourth.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace did little to encourage the home fans, who have watched their side win just four of their last 13 league outings.

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Arsenal’s title hopes are not officially over, but they will have to win all of their remaining five games and hope Leicester fail to pick up more than two points. Both scenarios seem unlikely and so it appears Wenger’s priority now has to be securing a top four finish.

The Gunners sit fourth entering this game but have Manchester United and West Ham closing in behind and so it’s crucial that the north London side seal three points here.

West Brom have little to play for for the remainder of the season. They sit 14th and have reached that magical 40-point mark so relegation fears have disappeared.

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However, Tony Pulis will be frustrated with the fact that his side have lost back-to-back games coming into this tie. Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Watford would have been particularly hard to take, considering Saido Berahino missed two penalties in the second half.

The Baggies have only won one of their last 11 away games in the Premier League and are huge outsiders to leave the Emirates with three points on Thursday.

That said, West Brom have already beaten Arsenal this season, recording a 2-1 win at the Hawthorns in November. That win ended a 10-game winless streak against the Gunners and so this might be closer than many expect.

Team News

Mikel Arteta remains out injured for Arsenal, though long-term absentees Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have returned to training. However, this game will likely come too soon for both. Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are also close to returning but are lacking match fitness and so neither are expected to return to the starting lineup. Danny Welbeck will hope to continue to spearhead the attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.

West Brom have just two injuries to worry about as midfielders Chris Brunt and James Morrison will miss this clash. Saido Berahino will hope to keep his place in the side despite missing two penalties last weekend.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/D/D

West Brom’s last five: W/L/D/L/L

Key Stat: Arsenal have only won four of their last 13 Premier League matches – only one victory more than West Brom have managed in the same time.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean star has seemingly come through a tough spell and is looking sharp once again. He has contributed to seven goals in his last six league outings and will expect to hurt the Baggies on Thursday evening.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 West Brom – Arsenal have a lot more to play for than West Brom as we enter the final few games of the season and they need three points on Thursday. They should get them but West Brom might offer a tougher test than most are expecting. A win for Arsenal would take their total to 500 in the Premier League and that should be the outcome here.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United 

Venue: The Hawthorns – Sunday, March 6 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: West Bromwich Albion 16/5 – Draw 23/10 – Manchester United 19/20

Match Preview

West Bromwich Albion welcome Manchester United to The Hawthorns this weekend in a tie that could have an impact at both ends of the table.

A win here for West Brom would take them to 39 points. Getting up to and over that 40 mark for any side in the bottom half of the table is always a huge relief, and although they are not a side who look like relegation candidates, it will be a good feeling nonetheless.

Tony Pulis’ Albion side are 12 points above the relegation zone and they will now be gunning to finish the Premier League season in the highest position they can.

West Brom come into this one off the back of their hard earned 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Tuesday night – further proof that any side can take points from another this season, and the Baggies will hope to perform as well against United this weekend.

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Manchester United closed the gap on the top four with their midweek win over Watford, and with other results going in their favour, Louis Van Gaal’s side chances of qualifying for the Premier League received a major boost.

They struck late on through Juan Mata against Watford and are now level on points with neighbours Manchester City in fourth place, although United have played an extra game.

Louis Van Gaal seems to have the United fans onside once again, despite enduring a tough season, and he will hope they can end the season in a positive way. However, his role at the club still appears to be uncertain.

United have won their last two and are ten points off top spot. Securing Champions League football will be their main aim but given how this season has gone no side can be ruled out of challenging for the title with ten games to go.

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Team News

West Brom have a short injury list ahead of this game. They are expected to be without Chris Brunt, James Morrison and Callum McManaman, while former United defender Jonny Evans is a doubt.

Van Gaal’s injury woes are ongoing. Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini, Will Keane and Antonio Valencia are all expected to miss out here. Chris Smalling and Cameron Borthwick Jackson are both doubts.

Key Points

West Brom’s form: D/L/W/W/D

Manchester United’s form: W/D/L/W/W

Key Stat: West Brom are unbeaten in their last five home games in the Premier League.

Key Player: Juan Mata – The United playmaker has been in solid form of late. He netted the winner against Watford in midweek with his fifth goal of the season and that was one which could prove to be vital in the race for European football next season. He will look to prove the difference again here.
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Score Prediction

West Brom 1-2 Manchester United – Given United’s recent performances you have to just fancy them to edge this one. West Brom are going to be a very resilient and are a tough side to break down so it’s not going to be easy for Van Gaal’s side. If United can put together a long winning streak there are no bounds to where they can end up after the next ten games.