We are nearing the end of the season, and that means it’s time to separate the men from the boys.
Arsenal have specialised at negotiating this time of year in recent seasons and the experience of Arsene Wenger and some of his older players has helped to keep them in the hunt for the Champions League places, as it did in the last campaign.
West Brom have been riding high under Steve Clarke in 2012/13, threatening to finish in a European spot ever since their opening day win over Liverpool.
However, with just one win in their last four, the Baggies have started to fall away slightly as we approach the home straight (a Grand National reference, how topical!) and find themselves in eighth spot.
That’s not to say that West Brom fans should think their season is over, and there are a few signs pointing towards a possible home win on Saturday when the Gunners visit the Black Country.
Clarke’s side have won an impressive nine of 15 on home soil in the Premier League and claimed the maximum six points from their last two games at the Hawthorns against Swansea City and Sunderland.
The presence of Romelu Lukaku could be crucial, with the Chelsea loanee banging in 13 goals for the Midlands club this season.
West Brom have enjoyed home wins over Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton already this term and at a price of 29/10, you might just be tempted to back the Baggies to triumph in this one too.
For pools coupon enthusiasts, the draw can be found at odds of 23/10, although only five of West Brom’s 31 games in the league this season have ended level. However, having taken everything into account, my personal backing is with the away side.
Arsenal have won five of their last six in the league and two of their last three away from the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger knows that his team must put together a series of wins to put pressure on London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham in the hunt for the Champions League spots and will be hoping that his men can continue their good form against the Baggies.
Arsenal have a good recent record against West Brom, having won 12 of their 16 league and cup meetings since 2002, including the previous three.
The likes of Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and even Gervinho are hitting form at the right time, but any win at the Hawthorns is likely to be narrow.
West Brom have an excellent defensive record and only Manchester City and Chelsea have conceded less at home this season.
The Gunners are even more stingy, having conceded less than anyone away from home: just 13 from 15 games.
With that in mind, you can back an Arsenal win at odds of 19/20, but for that little bit of an added extra, I recommend seeking out the 37/20 on Arsenal winning with there being under 3.5 goals in the game.
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If it comes up then you can repay Mr Wenger by buying him a new Michelin Man coat. At this rate, he’ll still need it in May (where is the spring?!).
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