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  • March 19, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: S. Attwell
  • • Attendance: 25729
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Premier League Preview: West Brom - Arsenal

Premier League Preview: West Brom - Arsenal

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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

West Brom: Carson; Reid, Olsson, Meite, Shorey; Brunt, Morrison, Mulumbu, Reid, Thomas; Odemwingie.


Arsenal: Almunia; Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy; Wilshere, Denilson, Ramsey; Nasri, Van Persie, Bendtner.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Injured Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou has conceded a Premier League goal this season every 337 minutes.
  • Replacement Sebastien Squillaci has conceded a league goal this season every 72 minutes.
  • The partnership of Djourou and Laurent Koscielny has conceded a league goal this season every 405 minutes.
  • The parternship of Squillaci and Koscielny has conceded a league goal this season every 83 minutes.
  • Since the 3-2 home defeat to West Brom on September 25, Manuel Almunia has not made another league appearance.
  • West Brom's goal difference of -15 is the joint second worst in the league along with Blackpool and Wolves.
  • West Brom have drawn their last three home league games.
  • The 3-1 victory at Birmingham City a fortnight ago was just West Brom's second league victory in 2011.
  • West Brom's victory against Arsenal in September saw them rise to fifth in the table. The same result will see them rise to a maximum of 12th.
  • West Brom's win in September broke a run of seven consecutive league losses to Arsenal that stretched back to a 1-1 draw at Highbury on November 20, 2004.


LAST MEETING


September 25: Arsenal 2-3 West Bromwich Albion

Goals from Peter Odemwingie, Gonzalo Jara and Jerome Thomas handed Arsenal a shock first league defeat of the season.

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Players to watch

A. Méïté

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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After being left out in the cold under the previous regime, centre-back Abdoulaye Meite has enjoyed a renaissance under manager Roy Hodgson.

The Ivory Coast international has started the Baggies' last two games and has added some much needed steel. With Arsenal on the hunt for a crucial win to get their campaign back on track, he will have to be at his sharpest on Saturday.

S. Squillaci

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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Sebastien Squillaci has impressed few Arsenal fans since his cut-price summer. The ex-Sevilla player has looked a less than reliable reserve but manager Arsene Wenger will need him to step up due to the long-term injury to Djourou.

Despite conflicting reports about the Switzerland international's fitness, he is expected to be out for the rest of the season. Squillaci must not repeat horror moments such as his own goal against Wigan Athletic if the Gunners are to reel in league leaders Manchester United.

Editor's Prediction

With both sides desperate for the win and with doubts in defence, there should be goals galore at The Hawthorns. Arsenal's superior attack should see them edge a helter-skelter contest.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Bromwich Albion

Arsenal

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
Draw
Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
89%

Top 3 Predictions

West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
1 - 3
Arsenal FC ARS
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 3
Arsenal FC ARS
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
0 - 2
Arsenal FC ARS

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