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Arsenal v West Brom betting tips: Glum Gunners could send Baggies down

| 09.05.2021

Arsenal must pick themselves up for the clash with West Brom after their season effectively ended on Thursday when they failed to reach the Europa League final.

A goalless draw with Villarreal at the Emirates in the second leg means they face a first season without European football in 25 years yet they are 1/2 to win this fixture for an eighth successive time since 2011.

The Baggies are fighting for Premier League survival, so let’s examine some of the stats for our Arsenal v West Brom betting tips.

Match Odds

Arsenal hammered West Brom 4-0 in Sam Allardyce’s fourth game in charge at the start of 2021 and are 6/5 to win and over 2.5 goals or 18/1 for an unlikely repeat of that scoreline against a team that could be relegated this weekend.

The Baggies are 10 points from safety with four games remaining so defeat would ensure an immediate return to the Championship.

Despite being almost certain to go down, West Brom have been fairly prolific in front of goal lately, scoring 11 goals in their last five games including that sensational 5-2 win at Chelsea.

Their last two games against midlands rivals Aston Villa and Wolves ended in score draws and another is priced at 17/4 while an even first half is available at 5/4 bearing in mind the Gunners have been level at the break in a Premier League-high 18 games this season.

Talking Tactics

Mikel Arteta, 7/2 to be sacked before the start of next season, lost makeshift left-back Granit Xhaka in the warm-up to the Villarreal game and was forced to play Kieran Tierney in his natural position from the start, which meant the Scot was pressed into making his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury a month ago.

Alexandre Lacazette came on for the last 10 minutes against the Yellow Submarine after a spell out with a hamstring problem but David Luiz has a similar injury and is unlikely to feature.

Allardyce deployed a 3-5-1-1 in the 1-1 draw against Wolves and a 4-1-4-1 against Villa, with Mbaye Diagne leading the line, so it remains to be seen how the Baggies will line up.

Goalscorer Odds

The Baggies must get on the front foot at the Emirates where Diagne is 12/1 to open the scoring and 4/1 to find the net as he did against Wolves with his third goal for the club.

Matheus Pereira has stepped up recently, scoring four goals in five appearances, and the winger is 5/2 to score and 7/1 to break the deadlock.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the woodwork twice against Villarreal and he is 5/2 to get the game’s first goal, although Lacazette is the favourite at 23/10 after returning from injury.

The French striker has scored four goals in his last two appearances against West Brom and is 10/3 to net at least twice as he did on both occasions.

Match Info

Where: Emirates Stadium

When: 19:00, Sunday 9th May

How to watch: BT Sport

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner