More Emirates woe for West Brom

Tony Pulis

West Brom are in the unusual position of being above Arsenal in the league table ahead of their Monday Night Football clash at the Emirates, but normal service should be resumed by the end of proceedings.

The Baggies got off to a bright start, winning their first two games, but have since failed to return maximum points from a trio of outings against Stoke, Brighton and West Ham.

Tony Pulis will know his side are up against the odds (Arsenal 10/31, West Brom 9/1, Draw 17/4 – Match Betting) heading to north London and previous form won’t inspire anyone travelling from the Midlands.

The Gunners have won all six of the previous Premier League meetings between the two at the Emirates Stadium and have only conceded once in doing so.

Albion have lacked for creativity at times already this season, with just four goals in five games, and Arsenal to win to nil (1/1) could be an appealing bet.

The Gunners looked strong at the back last time out in the league against Chelsea and they appear to have shaken off the cobwebs of a slow start.

Arsene Wenger’s side has won seven Premier League games on the spin at the Emirates, scoring at least three goals in each of the previous three. Arsenal to win with over 2.5 goals in the match is 4/5 on Monday evening.

Albion are not great travellers at the best of times, boasting only one win in their previous 11 away days in the league, while they have conceded at least two goals in five of their last six away from the Hawthorns.

The on-going saga with Alexis Sanchez is intriguing but surely Wenger will start the Chilean here having benched him for the stalemate at Chelsea last weekend.

This is exactly the sort of game in which Sanchez is crucial to Arsenal and, if he starts, 3/1 on him scoring first looks a fair bet.

Overall, this looks a game where Arsenal can continue their dominance over Albion at this venue and, on recent trends, they should do it with a bit to spare (Arsenal to win 3-0 is 31/4).

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