Arsenal vs West Brom predictions and betting tips for their Premier League fixture on Monday 26th December at 3pm with reasons for each bet and the best odds.
Arsenal’s title hopes took a big blow after The Gunners threw away a 1-0 lead to Manchester City last week. Arsene Wenger will certainly hope his side react on Monday and they face an in-from West Brom side who sit 8th in the league. Arsenal have recorded back-to-back defeats and despite going on a 14 game unbeaten run, Wenger and his side find themselves nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
I certainly feel this match will be a close encounter, especially due to the fact that Arsenal will be setting up against a Tony Pulis side, meaning West Brom will be there to frustrate and nullify the Arsenal attack. West Brom were close to disrupting Chelsea’s winning streak a couple of matches a go, and only a defensive error stopped them gaining a valuable point there, so there is no reason why they can’t do it on Monday against Arsenal. However, it is unlikely that Arsenal go winless for three matches, and seeing as though they have only lost once at The Emirates this season, I can only see an Arsenal win. Like I mentioned, I feel it will be a close encounter as West Brom have not lost away from home by more than one goal this campaign. Therefore, my first Arsenal vs West Brom betting tip for this match is going to be Arsenal to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, which is best odds 13/8 with Sky Bet.
The Baggies have lost three of their eight away matches this season, however in four of those eight matches, Tony Pulis’ side have been drawing at half time. I feel against Arsenal on Monday, Pulis will set his side up similarly to how he did at Stamford Bridge and take a more defensive approach. Arsenal have been drawing at half time in three of their last four home matches, and against a West Brom side that held out Chelsea for 76 minutes, I can see this game being very alike to that one. The draw at Half time is valued at 7/4 with Stan James, and due to the way West Brom defended in their last away outing, that is going to be my second Arsenal vs West Brom prediction on Boxing Day.
There is only one man you can see hitting the net on Monday and that man is Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has been playing the lone striker role for The Gunners and has netted 12 goals this season, with six of those coming in his last five Premier League matches. Arsenal need to get back on track following their two straight defeats, and at a price at 7/2 with Paddy Power to score first, I feel that is a decent price for Alexis Sanchez to help The Gunners do that so that’s my first Arsenal vs West Brom betting tip.
Aaron Ramsey is hopeful of a return when The Gunners welcome West Brom, however, Danny Welbeck is still not ready to return. Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy, Shkodran Mustafi, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all be unavailable for selection for Arsene Wenger. Meanwhile for Tony Pulis and his West Brom side, Jonny Evans is expected to feature, while Saido Berahino remains doubtful.
Last season, both sides grabbed a victory off each other, but at The Emirates, Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners. In the last five meetings between the sides, Arsenal have been victorious four times. Arsenal have beaten West Brom five times in a row on home turf, but The Baggies managed to snatch their last win away at Arsenal in 2010.
Arsenal are valued clear favourites for this clash and are priced at around 1/3 with most bookies. If you feel Arsenal’s misery will continue, then the draw is well priced at over 5/1 with MarathonBet, while a West Brom win is best priced at 10/1 with WilliamHill. If you want to bet away from the short-priced favourites, Salomon Rondon has bagged seven goals so far this campaign, and the Venezuelan is priced at 10/3 to score anytime on Monday.
Arsenal to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 13/8 Sky Bet: open an account get a no deposit £10.
Half time result: draw – 7/4 with Stan James: open an account get £20 free.
Alexis Sanchez to score first – 7/2 with Paddy Paddy Power: open an account get £30 free.
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