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West Brom v Arsenal betting tips: Tricky test for under-fire Arteta

| 22.08.2021

West Brom v Arsenal preview and odds

Arsenal have made a poor start to the season and an EFL Cup upset would add to their problems as we analyse the best West Brom v Arsenal betting tips.

Two defeats against Brentford and Chelsea mean Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is now the odds-on favourite in the Premier League sack race odds.

West Brom’s main focus this season is a return to the top flight and they are off to a fine start with 10 points from four Championship matches.

Match Odds

Arsenal will be keen to secure their first win of the season, especially given they face Manchester City at the weekend, and are 10/11 to get it at The Hawthorns.

Two 2-0 defeats have already led to unrest at the Emirates Stadium, with #ArtetaOut still trending the morning after Chelsea left north London with all three points.

To be fair to Arteta, his plans for the opening two games were thrown into disarray following a number of positive Covid tests.

He was without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Alex Runarsson at Brentford, with only the former fit enough for the bench against Chelsea.

Summer signing Ben White was then struck down with Covid on the eve of the Blues clash while Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey are all out injured.

The lack of European football this season should allow Arteta to give more focus to the Carabao Cup but they are 29/10 to be beaten in 90 minutes by a team full of confidence.

West Brom have hit the ground running under new boss Valerien Ismael but have a big improvement to find on last season, with Albion losing 4-0 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League and 3-1 away.

A Gunners win and over 2.5 goals is an option for West Brom v Arsenal betting tips at 9/5 while the visitors are 13/5 to win with goals at both ends.

Talking Tactics

The cup tie is likely to be a chance for Arteta to rotate his team, with fringe players such as Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny and Reiss Nelson vying for starts.

West Brom may do the same but will look to adopt the high intensity style of play that made Ismael such a success at Barnsley last season and that could cause plenty of problems for a youthful Arsenal team.

Goalscorer Odds

Aubameyang came off the Arsenal bench just after the hour mark against Chelsea and could start here in a bid to improve his fitness and is 7/2 to open the scoring.

Callum Robinson failed to score for West Brom for the first time this season in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Blackburn and is 21/10 for a fourth goal in five games, which rounds off our West Brom v Arsenal betting tips.

Match Info

Where: The Hawthorns

When: 20:00, Wednesday 25th August

How to watch: Sky Sports

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Author

Andrew McDermott