West Brom


The Hawthorns

31/12/2017 | 4:30 pm




The Hawthorns

31/12/2017 | 4:30 pm

In a sentence: Alan Pardew is still searching for his first win as West Brom boss, while visitors Arsenal are just a point off the top four.

Last time: A brace from Alexandre Lacazette handed the Gunners a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium in September. It was the sixth home win in a row in this fixture, after Arsenal had previously only lost once in 16 games against the Baggies.

This time: West Brom are 22/5 to win, while Arsenal are 3/4 and the draw is 3/1.

You might remember: A first half hat-trick from Theo Walcott at the Emirates in the final game of the 2014/15 season. Arsenal hit four before the break with the game eventually ending 4-1, and while Walcott’s Gunners career looks like it’s ending, the other scorer that day, Jack Wilshere, is set to get a new contract.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

The result of this game depends to quite a large degree on which version of Arsenal and their players turn up. If Wenger has the Alexis Sanchez of Thursday evening at his disposal then his team’s likely to pick up another three points, but if the Gunners’ big hitters aren’t up for the challenge then we could be on for another home win in this fixture.

West Brom are 22/5 to cause an upset and deliver a first victory for their manager. After their struggles since the early days of the season, it’d be a typical Premier League story for the Baggies to put on a show against a top four contender. The hosts are desperate for goals, and as they don’t score many a 1-0 win looks most likely at 15/1.

Arsenal are 3/4 to record their 20th win over West Brom in the Premier League era. While the victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park was pulsating and exposed some of the Gunners’ frailties, it also showed that Wenger’s men can dig in to get a result. Their success in the second half of the season will depend on how well they manage what is an important Europa League campaign, but without that distraction the visitors should have too much for the Baggies on Sunday.

The draw is 3/1 and despite Arsenal’s superior quality, could be tempting considering West Brom have had two extra days of rest going into the game. The Baggies have drawn as many games this season as they’ve lost, so they can certainly be a stubborn team to break down. Bearing that in mind, the odds on a fifth goalless draw of the campaign involving West Brom are 12/1.

The Baggies are 13/8 not to score, and 3/10 to score less than two goals. They’ve only found the net more than once on three occasions so far this term, and with Rondon looking like he’ll miss the game, there aren’t many goalscorers in the home ranks. Jay Rodriguez is priced at 3/1 to score anytime, and 8/1 to bag the first of the game.

Alexandre Lacazette is the favourite to open the scoring, and he’s available as long as 77/20. Sanchez is 21/5 to do the same after his double against Palace, with the Chilean priced at 6/4 to score anytime. Wilshere meanwhile is 5/1 to back up his resurgent form by opening his account for the season, which would mean a first Premier League goal since his strike against West Brom in May 2015.

Match Summary


Look out for:

An Arsenal shutout. The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six wins against West Brom. With the Baggies mired in a relegation battle, Wenger’s side are 2/1 to win to nil.



We fancy:

Sanchez to score and Arsenal to win at 15/8. Back the wantaway forward to show he’s still committed to the Gunners shirt at least while he’s still wearing it, as he also makes the best possible response to the claims of dressing room unrest.


It’s a long shot, but:

Craig Dawson to score the only goal of the game at 250/1. The West Brom defender scored twice in his team’s win over Arsenal last season, and it’d be some story if he bagged his first of the season in this New Year’s Eve clash.

Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!