Kick-off: 2000, 25/08/2021
Stadium: The Hawthorns
TV: Sky Sports
Arsenal are reeling on the ropes after a poor start in the Premier League and West Brom will be hoping to land a knockout blow in their EFL Cup clash.
Mikel Arteta has been hampered by illness and injury problems, plus he will surely have one eye on Saturday’s early kick-off at Manchester City.
Punters can get 13/5 for an in-form Albion to prevail and that is tempting enough to be our first West Brom vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At West Brom’s Betting Odds
Valerien Ismael did a great job at Barnsley and looks set to further enhance his reputation with West Brom.
Albion began the new Championship season with a decent draw at Bournemouth and have since rattled of a trio of victories.
A 3-2 home win over Luton wasn’t much to crow about but beating Sheffield United 4-0 here was a statement of intent.
Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Blackburn at Ewood Park was another big plus, especially as they also hit the woodwork four times.
Ismael declared: “We are on the way with our offensive game and we were strong.
“The mentality, the togetherness we showed already, will be a massive part for the rest of the season.
“It’s about the work ethic we put in our training sessions and this is the reward. This is a massive win with the right attitude from us.”
Momentum is a big thing in sport and the Baggies have lots of it at the moment.
Looking at the West Brom vs Arsenal odds, we like 19/4 for a home win and over 2.5 goals.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal opened up with a 2-0 defeat at Brentford and the pressure is mounting on Arteta after losing to Chelsea by the same scoreline on home turf.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and big summer signing Ben White are among the players affected by Covid issues.
Arteta followed his mentor Pep Guardiola’s lead in fielding strong teams versus Leicester and Liverpool in this competition last term.
The Spaniard is happy with morale ahead of another big week, stating: “They don’t need motivating. Honestly, they are really together.
“That is really clear, they are really trying what they can do. Give them confidence, that is what they need.”
However, this will be a tricky test, especially with Albion adding more physicality to their play.
We’re finishing off our West Brom vs Arsenal betting tips by taking 11/1 for a 2-1 home win.
Blackburn 1-2 WEST BROM – Alex Mowatt, Matt Phillips
ARSENAL 0-2 Chelsea
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