The two teams have had contrasting starts to the new season, with West Brom unbeaten in their opening four league games and second in the table, while Arsenal are second from bottom after two defeats from two matches.
Two sides who have endured very contrasting starts to their respective domestic seasons prepare for battle in the second round of the EFL Cup as West Bromwich Albion face Arsenal at The Hawthorns today.
Arsenal are without a point in their opening two Premier League games of the season and will be looking to pick up a morale-boosting win.
Arsenal’s string of poor performances continued on Sunday when they lost 2-0 against a rampant Chelsea side.
West Bromwich Albion continued their fine run of results on Saturday when they claimed a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.
They are also unbeaten in their last seven games across all competitions and will look to keep the juggernaut rolling.
Not since the 2016-17 season have West Brom been knocked out in the second round – suffering a penalty-shootout defeat to Northampton Town – but they fell at the first round in the 2019-20 campaign.
West Brom vs Arsenal predictions:
- West Brom are unbeaten in the Championship, winning their last three.
- In that run the Baggies have scored twice in every game.
- Illness and injury has led to Arsenal losing their opening two games and they remain understaffed here.
Arsenal head into the game as the superior side in the history of this fixture, claiming 75 wins from their previous 133 meetings. West Bromwich Albion have picked up 38 wins, while 31 games have ended in draws.
Arsenal have endured a horrid start to their league campaign and will be looking to grab a morale-boosting win. West Bromwich Albion will aim to inflict more pain on the Gunners, but we predict the visitors will come away with a win.
Our prediction: Arsenal win @ 1.52