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West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal Betting Preview – Saturday 19th March, 2011

Fri, Mar 18, 12:19pm by Kevin Pitstock

A wobbly looking Arsenal attempt to keep their Premier League title chase going at The Hawthorns, in what looks a tricky match with West Bromwich Albion. The Gunners are three points behind the leaders Manchester United with a game in hand. West Brom have just a one point cushion over the bottom three as Roy Hodgson looks to impose his careful and organised methodology on the side he inherited from Roberto di Matteo. Albion’s 3-2 win at The Emirates earlier this season was perhaps the highlight of their campaign so far, even though Di Matteo, who masterminded that win, is long gone.

West Brom are starting to become a more difficult to side to beat under Hodgson, though keeping a clean sheet remains a dream it seems for the time being. He has yet to lose in his three games in charge, and their last victory, an away win at Birmingham was one that saw them score three times. It could be very valuable. However, you still have to go back to August for the last time they kept a clean sheet. Youssuf Mulumbu is struggling to be fit though, and he’s been a useful midfielder, contributing four goals and they are also lacking a creative force in Graeme Dorrans. The Baggies have just two home wins in their last nine matches. Striker Carlos Vela cannot play.

Arsenal may have mental problem to go with their physical ones for this game after rapid defeats in near succession in the Carling Cup, the Champions League and the FA Cup last weekend. With Manuel Almunia the only fit senior keeper, Jens Lehmann has come out of retirement to provide emergency cover. Johann Djorou is likely to miss the rest of the season, and there’s not expected to be any Alex Song or Cesc Fabregas in midfield. However, they still do boast the best away record of any side in the Premier League and Samir Nasri, Jack Wilshere and Robin Van Persie are quite enough for West Brom’s leaky defence to deal with. Unusually, they have just one goal in their last three matches – the own goal supplied by Barcelona in the Champions League.

While West Brom should be more of a unit, it’s very difficult to imagine Arsenal not scoring here and running out winners and we’ll back Arsenal to win 3-1. We like the look of Centrebet’s $1.75 on an Arsenal win.
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