class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The Gunners are hoping to start 2021 with another victory and our tipster expects them to keep Allardyce's side at bay this weekend at the Hawthorns
Arsenal play their first Premier League game of the new year on Saturday evening when they travel to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion.
Mikel Arteta’s men ended 2020 with two consecutive wins for the first time since September and will feel they have a great chance to extend that winning run against a West Brom team who have recorded just one league victory since May.
West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal Latest Odds
The Baggies’ only league win in the last seven months has come against the only side currently below them in the Premier League table, Sheffield United.
They are offered at 5/1 (6.00) with bet365 to claim three points, while the Gunners can be backed at 4/7 (1.57) with the draw at 14/5 (3.80) .
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West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal Team News
West Brom are without Jake Livermore who is suspended, while Kieran Gibbs and Conor Townsend are both out with Hal Robson-Kanu and Kyle Bartley unlikely to feature.
Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes remain injured for Arsenal, although they could welcome back Brazilian duo Willian and David Luiz.
West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal Preview
Back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Brighton for the Gunners has afforded Arteta some breathing space, although the manager knows the pressure will be heaped back on if his side fail to win away to the struggling Baggies.
Arsenal have lost four times on the road this season but those defeats have come against Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton – all sides in the upper part of the table.
Against lower-ranked teams they have done better, keeping clean sheets on their visits to Fulham, Leeds and Brighton, as well as at high-flying Manchester United.
There could be some interest therefore in backing them to keep another clean sheet at a West Brom side who have failed to score in five of their eight home league matches this term, and who will be devoid of confidence after going down 5-0 against Leeds on Tuesday.
West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal Tips And Predictions
The visitors are offered at 11/8 (2.38) to keep out Sam Allardyce’s men and given their strong defensive record against teams in the bottom half of the table, this could be a strong option.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.