Arsenal vs WBA Preview

Saturday’s game at the Emirates sees Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion, with both sides hoping to recover from back to back defeats. The Gunners have won just one of their last five league games, and go in to the game on the back of their 2-1 Champions League defeat at Olympiakos on Tuesday evening.

Arsene Wenger is set to recall several of the first time players he rested midweek, though Laurent Koscielny, Andre Santos and Abou Diaby are out through injury, while Bacary Sagna, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott may feature. Olivier Giroud is set to lead the line, and the Frenchman is the 5.5 (11/2) favourite with most firms to get the first goal of the game.

Arsenal are odds on to get a much need victory, with many bookmakers offering 1.5 (1/2), whilst West Brom are best priced with Bet 365 at 7.5 (13/2). The draw is widely available at 4.33 (10/3).

Having made their best start to a top-flight campaign for over eighty years, the visitors go in to the game having lost their last two league games. A Dean Whitehead goal was enough to give Stoke City all three points at The Hawthorns on Saturday; a result that saw the Baggies slip out of the Champions League qualification places.

Defender Billy Jones is Steve Clarke’s only major injury worry, with Ben Foster likely to return in goal following injury.

Forwards Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku have five goals each for the season so far, and are both priced at 12.0 (11/1) with Bet Victor to open the scoring.

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