West Brom vs Arsenal
England – Carabao Cup
Date: 25 August 2021, Wednesday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: The Hawthorns (West Bromwich).
West Bromwich Albion welcome Arsenal in the second round of Carabao Cup, the hosts looking to rub salt on Arteta’s men.
The relegated Baggies had a brilliant start to their life in Championship as they won three on the bounce after the away draw at Bournemouth on matchday 1.
This team has a new head-coach in former Bayern defender Valerien Ismael and his tactics are nothing like his role in the playing days.
West Brom hit 11 goals in the first 4 games, that is 2 or more in each game. However, the defense is shady and conceded 5 so far.
Goal-less Arsenal is looking for some inspiration here. They lost the opening two games with the same 0-2 scoreline.
The final scoreline could have been much embarrassing on both occasions. Yet they escaped without a proper thrashing from the hands of cross-city rivals Brentford and arch rivals Chelsea. Still, this doesn’t justify their fans booing the players.
Injuries haven’t been kind to Arteta at the start of the new season and he is coming here without 7 players, 6 of them could have found a place in the starting eleven on any day.
Things are only going to get worse for Arteta from here. Next up is the Premier League clash away at Manchester City, followed by Tottenham after the international break.
West Brom vs Arsenal Head-to-head
- Arsenal won 8 of the last 11 head-to-head meetings against West Brom, drew 1 and lost 2.
- The Gunners are also on a four match unbeaten streak (3W, 1D) which includes 4-0 and 3-1 wins at the Hawthorns and Emirates Stadium, respectively.
- West Brom were unbeaten in three home games against Arsenal before the defeat of last season.
- Their last League Cup clash happened in 2013, at this same ground. It was the Gunners who progressed to the next round in penalty shootout. This win made it 4 in a row in cup matches for the team from London.
West Brom vs Arsenal Prediction
West Brom are playing some fluid football at this moment and Arsenal despite goal-less after two games showed promises in the final third. There is only a minute chance for this match to end without goals at either ends. Recent history also suggests that this fixture rarely disappoints the neutrals.
The full-time result could go to either side at the Hawthorns. The Baggies will back their chances against a potential mid-table Premier League side, despite their less than impressive head-to-head record in this duel.
West Brom vs Arsenal Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.85 odd
Both teams to Score @ 1.75
Double Chance West Brom @ 1.80.