West Bromwich Albion will sit comfortable at the Hawthorns stadium to welcome North London side Arsenal as they seek to bounce back from the 2-0 away lost to Man United before the international break.
The Gunners are coming into the match after a hard fought 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby. The joint league leaders will take nothing less than a win from Saturday’s match scheduled to kick off at 15hrs GMT.
West Brom have only won just two games and had lost three with a total of four goals out of their last five premier league games where as Arsenal have recorded four wins and one draw with 12 goals in their last five games.
Arsenal will be looking forward to mount pressure on League Leaders Man City who are on top with the same 26 points but with a better goal difference while West Brom seek to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to Man United before the short international break.
West Brom vs Arsenal – Head to Head Stats
West Brom have registered just two wins in their 18 Premier League meetings with Arsenal and are without a win against the Gunners in the last nine competitive matches.
The record heavily favors Arsenal as they have 13 wins and 3 draws in their name and have managed in score in each of the last 18 Premier League games against West Brom.
West Brom – Team News
Jonas Olsson isexpected to start following Gareth McAulley’s suspension vie red card sustain the side game with Man United.
James Chester will also be an option for the side at defence, Boaz Myhill will be in post as Ben Foster has not returned from injury.
On loan-Arsenal winger Serge Gnaby has to sit out as he is not eligible to play against his parent Club.
West Brom – Predicted Line-up
Arsenal Team News
Hecto Berllerin will slot straight back into the starting line-up as he is back from his groin injury.
Laurent Koscienly will be a doubt after Arsene Wenger revealed he is deeply affected by the Paris attacks, but still possible to pair with Metasacker at the heart of the defence.
Santi Cazorla as usual partners Francis Coquelin at midfield, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Rosicky all sidelined due to injury.
Alex Oxlade-Chambelane, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcot will miss out, so Joel Campbell keeps his position on the right wing.
Arsene Wenger can pull a surprise to start Kierren Gibbs at left wing and leave Alexis Sanchez on the bench because of fatigue after playing 180 minutes for Chile in their World Cup qualifiers.
Mesut Ozil played just one international friendly game against France and will look refreshed in the set-up and as Olivier Giroud becomes the arrow head.
Arsenal – Predicted Line-up
Arsenal are on a strong run in the English Premier League and their recent exploits away from home is very impressive. While playing away, The Gunners have won 10 out of 12 matches and have lost only once.
West Brom has struggled to create scoring chances this season and it may not bear fruits for them if they are to sit back and defend for the entire 90 minutes.
My money here is on Arsenal, expect them to win by a comfortable margin. For those who bet on this match, I personally back Arsenal handicap (-1).