Premier League: West Brom vs Arsenal match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at The Hawthorns

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West Brom host Arsenal at The Hawthorns in Saturday’s early kick-off with the Baggies coming into this fixture off the back of two consecutive losses.

Arsenal will travel to the West Midlands knowing that they are safely assured in the Champions League last-16 after a dazzling win against Borussia Dortmund. After a rocky month of results, Arsene Wenger will hope that the win against the Germans will be the turning point of the Gunners’ season.

Currently sitting 15 points behind league leaders Chelsea, Arsenal desperately need to find some sort of rhythm and consistency to their form leading into this Christmas period.

Saido Berahino is in spectacular form for West Brom netting eight times so far this season. The Baggies will need to utilise his lightning-quick pace and get in behind Arsenal’s susceptible defence. West Brom - who only sit three points above the relegation zone - will feel that they can take something away from this game after a topsy-turvy run of form for the North London side.

Meanwhile, Arsenal fans will be excited to see a Lauren Koscielny take his place in Arsenal’s defence after a lengthy period out due to an achilles injury.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 12:45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Arsenal  1 (Giroud) West Brom 0, Premier League, May 2014

West Brom 1 (Yacob) Arsenal 1 (Wilshere), Premier League, October 2013

West Brom 1 (Berahino) Arsenal 1 (Eisfield), Capital One Cup, September 2013

STATS…

West Brom have conceded at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches in the Premier League.

In the opening 12 games, Arsenal have endured their worst start since the 1982-83 campaign.

West Brom have not recorded a victory against Arsenal in their 6 previous meetings, with Arsenal winning 5 and drawing 1.

Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since 1st November where they won 3-0 against Burnley.

West Brom have one of the worst home records this season, with only managing 1 win out of a possible 6.

ODDS…

West Brom to win: 4.6

Arsenal to win: 1.9 

Draw: 3.5

TV: Live on BT Sport 1 and highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.

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