Arsene Wenger basically invented playing your youth team in the Capital One Cup and winning regardless and the current make-up of his first team squad suggests that his Arsenal side are doubly sure to continue their red hot away form at the Hawthorns, where they are 12/5 to win to nil.
West Brom are 5/2 to win inside 90 minutes and bwin go the same odds about the draw, with the Emirates club 19/20 for victory without recourse to extra time.
As befits a competition of this stature Steve Clarke and Arsene Wenger will have been sitting around smoking Cubans, sipping scotch and shuffling their packs like the wily old card-sharps they are ahead of this third round clash.
Baggies gaffer Clarke has suggested he needs to find the right balance between players that want to play and those that need to play.
It’s difficult not to infer the likely selection of players short of match fitness from the Scot’s cryptic musings.
As a result a West Brom side that had scored just once in four Premier League matches before their 3-0 home win over ailing Sunderland may lack the verve to break through Arsenal’s well-drilled backline, despite the likely inclusion of second round hat-trick hero Saido Berahino.
Below Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and the recovering Thomas Vermaelen the gap in playing experience to the young guns is so vast that Wenger will almost certainly turn once more to a combination of the senior defenders that have served him so well over this season and the last.
Their last ten away games have seen the Emirates mob ship just four goals, three of which were penalties.
With Arsenal on the road once more they’ll likely get their fair share of chances to hit their hosts on the counter attack, where Ryo Miyaichi is expected to profit.
The young Japanese winger is being given a chance to prove his mettle in the first team squad this term after spending the last two campaigns on loan at Feyenoord, Bolton and Wigan and he’s already made three cameos across Arsenal’s Champions League and Premier League commitments this term.
On that evidence he can expect a run out at the highest ground in the Football League and as a winger whose pace reportedly rivals that of resident Gunners whippet Theo Walcott he can register his first senior goal for his parent club.
Miyaichi can be backed at 13/2 to score at anytime during the 90 minutes as part of an away win.