A disappointing start to the season could get worse for Arsenal fans this Wednesday when their side lines up against West Bromwich Albion for an EFL Cup round-two clash.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS ARSENAL BETTING
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The opportunity to twist the knife into the hopes of a “big six” club is not something West Bromwich Albion will squander.
Since he was appointed as the new head coach, Valérien Ismaël has had his side firing on all cylinders. Unlike their upcoming rivals, who are yet to register a single goal in the Premier League, the Baggies have scored in all four of their games this season. West Bromwich Albion have won three games (3-2 vs Luton Town, 4-0 vs Sheffield United and 2-1 vs Blackburn Rovers) and drawn their opening fixture (2-2) against Bournemouth – leaving them atop the Championship table with a total of 10 points.
While spirits may be high at the moment, Arsenal are still a team with the capabilities to pose a severe threat to West Brom. In their last 10 meetings against the Gunners, Valérien Ismaël’s team have only emerged twice as the victors, a record they will undoubtedly be keen to amend this Wednesday.
West Bromwich Albion are calculated at 11/2 (6.50) to win the fixture with both sides scoring.
Chelsea’s blue wave washed away Arsenal’s challenge at the Emirates last Sunday, leaving the Gunners firing blanks in front of a packed home stadium. Arteta’s side now carry the weight of two defeats from their first two games of the Premier League season.
An EFL Cup fixture provides Arsenal with the opportunity to shift their focus away from the Premier League. While three points are proving hard to come by for the London side, a solid cup victory against West Bromwich Albion this Wednesday may help mend some bridges with the fans, while also providing Arsenal with some sort of form ahead of a difficult upcoming weekend fixture against Manchester City.
Historically, the Gunners boast an impressive record against the Baggies. Over their previous 25 meetings, Arsenal have emerged as the victors 17 times, drawing three and losing three – winning both of their EFL Cup matches during that time.
Arsenal are at 11/4 (3.75) to win the game this Wednesday, with both teams scoring.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION VS ARSENAL: EFL CUP BETTING ODDS
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