Snapping out of their end-of-season stupor is essential if Arsenal are to finish in the top-four this campaign.
Victory over West Bromwich Albion will re-establish a four-point buffer between themselves and rapidly encroaching Manchester United in fifth, though recent form says their price of 13/50 is way too short.
The Baggies aren’t exactly ablaze either and manager Tony Pulis has a diabolical record at the Emirates, but their snaring of the spoils thanks to a two-goal head start features as the headline in our run down of the evening’s best bets.
West Brom (+2) to beat Arsenal @ evens
The Gunners’ wretched home form – they’ve mustered just three league triumphs in front of the faithful since the turn of the year – renders the prospect of a win to rival last term’s 4-1 shellacking remote.
That heavy loss was in fact the only occasion in seven between the pair this handicap punt wouldn’t have copped, underlining the value in the evens up for grabs ahead of kick off.
Arsenal 2-1 West Brom @ 31/4
There’s ample evidence saying this correct score wager will land, while it doesn’t contradict tip #1 either.
As stated, Pulis’ record at the Emirates is woeful – with eight defeats from as many visits, it couldn’t be any worse – and the scorelines he has been on the wrong side of have followed a specific cycle.
The pattern has gone as follows, from earliest loss to most recent: 4-1, 2-0, 1-0, 3-1, 1-0, 3-1, 2-0, 4-1.
With the system resetting itself in their most recent meeting, Arsenal will score two if it starts again.
But with the Gunners conceding in all bar three of their top-tier home games in 2016, the prospect of the Baggies bagging can’t be ruled out.
Over 0.5 goals between 00:00 and 15:00 minutes @ 7/4
Tensions amongst the home faithful will either be eased or exacerbated by the early goal that one of the protagonists will score.
In each of West Brom’s previous three road games they’ve bagged inside the opening 15 minutes, while Arsenal have scored as many goals across the previous two duels between the pair at this venue.