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West Brom vs Arsenal Prediction & Match Preview

West Brom vs Arsenal
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 2 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: The Hawthorns (West Bromwich).

Arsenal will be aiming to extend their winning run in the Premier League to three games when they take on WBA at the Hawthorns on Matchday 17.

Following a thrilling 3-1 win over Chelsea, the Gunners defeated Brighton on the road in their last game of the year, with the team regaining a much-needed confidence.

Boss Mikel Arteta can breathe easier, but his men need to keep on raising their form if they are to move a little closer to the Europa League berth.

A man to watch in the away team will be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who returned to the starting XI in the midweek clash.

Since the Baggies experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-0 loss to Leeds United, we are tempted to put our money on the high-flying capital club.

Jack Livermore remains on the sidelines for the hosts through suspension.

West Brom vs Arsenal Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams West Bromwich Albion Arsenal played so far 28 matches.
West Bromwich Albion won 4 direct matches. Arsenal won 19 matches. 5 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.82 goals per Match.

West Brom vs Arsenal Prediction

West Bromwich Albion in actual season average scored 0.80 goals per match. In 7 (70.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (70.00%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Arsenal average scored 1.68 goals per match in season 2020. In 9 (64.29%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

West Brom will again be without the services of Conor Townsend through injury, while Jake Livermore is still absent as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension.

Kieran Gibbs is also a doubt to face his former club, having picked up a thigh injury ahead of the Leeds clash, while Kyle Bartley and Hal Robson-Kanu are likely to be unavailable.

Allardyce is expected to recall Matheus Pereira to his starting XI on Saturday, while Branislav Ivanovic and Filip Krovinovic are also in contention. The experienced manager is likely to resist the temptation to make wholesale changes, though, despite the disappointing showing against Leeds.

As for Arsenal, Thomas Partey and Reiss Nelson are both still absent through injury, while Gabriel Magalhaes will again miss out, with the centre-back recently testing positive for coronavirus.

Willian and David Luiz should be available following illness, although it would not be a surprise to see both players on the bench as the team have performed impressively without them.

Bukayo Saka is expected to be fit despite picking up a slight issue against Brighton, meaning that the Gunners could be unchanged from Tuesday's clash. Alexandre Lacazette for Gabriel Martinelli is a possibility, but the former has been excellent since his return from injury and could therefore keep his spot.

West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; Furlong, Ajayi, O'Shea, Peltier; Robinson, Pereira, Sawyers, Gallagher, Diangana; Grant

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Elneny, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Aubameyang