West Brom v Arsenal Preview & Odds: Wilshere and Walcott could return for Gunners

West Brom v Arsenal Premier League match and betting odds preview.

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The Hawthorns, Saturday 6th April 2013, kick off 15:00; Ref: Howard Webb

West Brom host a confident Arsenal side in what is shaping up to be one of the games of the day.

Baggies midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu begins a 3 match ban for being red carded last week, and James Morrison returns to cover in the midfield. For Arsenal, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are back in training but remain doubtful.

The Gunners had an impressive 26 shots against Reading on Saturday although only six were on target.  And although Arsenal have won their last 3 EPL games against West Brom, Steve Clarke’s men have won back-to-back matches at The Hawthorns against Sunderland and Swansea.

For the hosts, Shane Long is due a goal – he has not scored in his last 430 minutes of football.  The same can be said of Theo Walcott who has zero goals in his last 5 matches.

Arsenal are on a fine run of form and have a knack of scoring late goals this season. In fact, no other team has scored more goals after the 76th minute (The Gunners have netted 15).
The Baggies are no easy beats and they will be out to avenge their loss at West Ham last week by halting Arsenal’s great run towards a top four finish.

The Gunners are the favourites to win this with the bookies, with good returns for a home win or a draw.

Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 2 Arsenal 2

Betting odds on full time result: West Brom win 3.75, Draw 3.60 AWAY win 1.95
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Probable line-ups:
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Dorrans, Morrison, Yacob, Brunt; Long, Lukaku.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Rosicky; Gervinho, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud.