This week’s Monday Night Football sees West Bromwich Albion travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal in their Premier League clash
Their last meeting came in March at the Hawthorns, where the Baggies ran out 3-1 winners in a humiliating display. With Europa League football on Thursday, will Arsene Wenger risk another embarrassment here?
Wenger has to make do without Danny Welbeck, who is missing with a groin injury.
Mesut Ozil is set to return from his knee injury whilst Theo Walcott might feature if shaken off his knock from midweek.
West Brom’s Gareth Barry is set to make history with his 633rd Premier League appearance.
Chris Brunt, Nacer Chadli and Oliver Burke all face late fitness tests.
Midfielder, Jake Livermore is back for the Baggies, after taking time out for personal reasons.
Both teams have contrasting goal records from their opening five games.
Arsenal have dominated their opposition more in the first half, when 57.1% of their goals came in that period than after half time when it drops to 50% against opponents.
Compared to the opposition, West Brom have only scored 25% of goals in their games across either half.
Head to head shots wise, Arsenal have averaged 15.8 shots per game to the Baggies’ 10.4 shots. The home side too has a stronger shot on target average of 5.2 to West Brom’s 2.6 average per game.
When it comes to corners, West Brom come out on top with an average 6.2 corners per game. Arsenal however aren’t far behind with their average of six corners a game.
Home is where the heart is
Wenger will be glad to have home advantage here given his side’s 100% home record so far across all competitions.
Their Midlands based visitors are however in a rout, having not won since their opening two games.
Baggies boss, Tony Pulis has a shambolic record across his nine league trips here. On aggregate, all of his teams have conceded 20 goals between him with only three goals in reply.
The stats suggest that this match will be all Arsenal but if West Brom can replicate their performance from March, they might get something here.
Wenger’s defence can be as bad as Liverpool’s so definitely see both teams scoring here. As for whether the Baggies can win, they need to make every set piece and corner count if going to get the three points.
In the end, I think Arsenal will prove that little too strong.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 WBA
Jake predicts: Arsenal 3-0 WBA
Result: Arsenal 2-0 WBA