West Brom have suffered back-to-back defeats and bookies are predicting a third consecutive reverse for the Baggies as they welcome Arsenal to the Hawthorns. Paddy Power price the Gunners as 17/20 favourites while Alan Irvine’s side are BetVictor’s 18/5 outsiders and it’s 11/4 with Ladbrokes to end with honours even.
The pair met twice here last term and both encounters were one-each after 90 minutes. A repeat of that scoreline is a 13/2 chance at bet365 on this occasion, BetVictor quote any score draw at 4/1 and Skybet post 5/1 against the teams being inseparable at the end of each half.
Because of their underdog status Albion are given a goal start by Stan James in the handicaps at even money but both teams have taken just eight points from their last seven league matches and West Brom enjoy home advantage so they might have the edge.
Stan James make them 5/1 to shade it by a one-goal margin, it’s 15/1 at BetVictor for Irvine’s charges to register a 2-1 success, in a match that’s 4/5 (betway) to generate three or more goals and bet365 chalk Albion up at 9/1 to come out on top despite an even first 45 minutes.
In attack, Saido Berahino has made the headlines for the wrong reason this week so punters might be encouraged to direct their first scorer cash elsewhere. Winner.com rate Georgios Samaras at 10/1 to break the deadlock, it’s double those odds at 20/1 with Stan James for a Graham Dorrans opener and it’s 8/5 (William Hill) for any Baggies player to net first.
West Brom to beat Arsenal by one – 5/1 (Stan James)