West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal – EPL, January 2, 2020

| December 30, 2020 12:19 pm PDT

Sam Allardyce’s magic touch seemed to desert him on Tuesday as his West Brom slumped to a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Leeds.

Mike Arteta needs a few more good news stories, so will be hoping that his Arsenal side can pull out a similar kind of result at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal Odds

West Bromwich Albion to Win+400
The Draw+270
Arsenal to Win-172

The way Arsenal has played in the last few games has been a huge improvement on what had preceded it, but BetOnline looks like it has gotten a little carried away judging by these odds. West Brom was able to keep Liverpool to a draw after all. The price for a stalemate here could be worth a closer look as well.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal Match Preview

It feels like the main reason why Sam Allardyce was brought in to replace Slaven Bilic as manager was that he has never been relegated. The 5-0 thrashing by Leeds – at home – on Tuesday suggests that there will need to be a little more meat on the bones for West Brom to not end that record this season.

West Brom started the scoring off in that defeat to Leeds – with a calamitous own goal that just about set the tone of the game. Leeds was 4-0 up by halftime, and Allardyce’s thoughts may have already been turning to this game against Arsenal. He has a few injury problems for this game – but he will need a better long-term plan if the Baggies are not going to bounce back down to the Championship at the end of the season.

It did look like Mikel Arteta might be making way for a new face at Arsenal at the start of December. But back-to-back victories since Christmas have made life a little easier for the Gunners boss. Beating Chelsea was a big scalp – and even though the win over Brighton would have previously been almost expected, it was still a very welcome three points.

That’s because Arsenal went seven games without a win after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford at the start of November. There still seems to be some questions over a number of players – and Aubameyang is still not contributing anywhere near enough – but there has been a distinct improvement.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    +270

Mikel Arteta would do well not to get too carried away by the two victories recently. Arsenal can be brittle away from home at the best of times, and Gabriel will miss this one now as he is self-isolating. The defender will be missed – as will Saka if the injury he picked up against Brighton is worse than it looked at the time. West Brom is not playing particularly well, but this could end in a draw that suits neither manager.

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