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WEST BROM v ARSENAL: Premier League team news and preview


Sam Allardyce's West Brom host Arsenal at The Hawthorns on Saturday night, the Baggies manager looking to record a win Vs Arsenal with his 4th different club in what would be a surprise result against Mikel Arteta's in form side.

To be fair even a draw would be classed as an upset given club stature and recent form, but It would not shock anyone who follows the English game to see Big Sam absolutely shit-house the life out of this one and nick a result for West Brom, just as his tactics saw his side pick up a deserved point in his opening game in charge away at Liverpool. And who could blame him if he did? Not me. I would love to see the underdog give us all some more classic AFTV moments to tune into.

On the flip side though I do like Mikel Arteta and do feel a bit sorry for the Arsenal man. His side at times just seem completely hopeless, particularly at the back, and that's not his fault. Years of bad recruiting has left them well behind their rivals. They have defenders who play regular would not get a shirt down The Den for my side Millwall, genuinely. Rob Holding being one. Another issue with Arsenal is you cant predict their line up from one game to the next, which is never a good thing. Consistency is key in this sport. They have turned it around slightly lately though with 2 wins in their last 2 games, so will head into this one full of confidence.


KICK OFF TIME:

8pm at The Hawthorns, Live on BT Sport (BT sport 1 + Ultimate)


TEAM NEWS:

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce is expected to make changes for the visit of Arsenal.

The manager questioned his players' commitment following the 5-0 home defeat to Leeds on Tuesday and Filip Krovinovic, Matheus Pereira and Branislav Ivanovic could return. Kieran Gibbs is a doubt with a quad injury after pulling out of the warm-up ahead of the Leeds defeat and Jake Livermore serves the final game of his three-match ban.

Bukayo Saka is expected to be fit for Arsenal's clash at West Brom with boss Mikel Arteta set for a selection headache. The teenager was forced off late on during Tuesday's win over Brighton where Alexandre Lacazette scored off the bench after he reported a sore back.

The pair should be fit to start at the Hawthorns while David Luiz and Willian (both illness) may be available, but Thomas Partey (thigh) remains absent along with Gabriel (coronavirus) and Reiss Nelson has a minor muscle injury.


PREDICTION:

I think West Brom will make it a physical game and Arsenal could well struggle if they don't get an early goal in this one. Allardyce will have his side well up for the game as he will be surely be reminding his players he is making decisions on who he wants as part of HIS West Brom side going forward. It could be the kick up the arse a few of his side need. I don't think it will be the easy win for Arsenal that many including the bookies think it will be, I'm going for a draw.


WEST BROM 1 ARSENAL 1


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