Premier League Betting: Arsenal vs. West Brom

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:12 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 6:12 PM GMT

Arsenal look to officially secure a Top 4 finish this season when they host West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates on Sunday. Here’s a primer on this clash complete with soccer free picks for your consideration.

Arsenal’s Top 4 bid
Arsenal’s bid for a Top 4 finish looks secure with a four-point edge over Everton in the table, a happenstance that is tipped at runaway -10000 soccer odds in futures betting markets. But they still need to make it a mathematical certainty.

Just two games are left on the schedule. A victory over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday would do the trick and, fittingly, Arsenal enter their upcoming date as the prohibitive favourites at -400 to win outright at Bet365. Underscoring their runaway odds is a solid record at home that stands at 12-5-1, comprised of a 17-game undefeated streak at the Emirates since their shock, season opening defeat to Aston Villa.

Not only is home form good but the Gunners are scoring at will, particularly against lesser opposition. Case-and-point, their last two games saw them score six goals and concede just one (3:1 over West Ham and 3-0 over Newcastle United). Since their scoreless draw to Manchester United at the Emirates on February 12, the Gunners have netted 13 goals over five games – an average of 2.6 goals per game. As well, they’ve conceded just five goals – an average of a goal a game.


West Bromwich Albion’s Top-Flight bid
West Bromwich Albion are sat pretty in 15th place in the table with a 7-15-13 mark and 36 points, climbing up a rank following a 1-0 victory over West Ham United last weekend. It was a crucial step forward indeed but the Baggies still have a lot of work to do in order to render their +2500 soccer odds to be relegated an unplayable bet.

The victory at the Hawthorns marked only their second home victory since the New Year but that shouldn’t undermine its positive effect. A home win has been long time coming – they are only 4-9-5 to date at home – but a string of commendable draws promised it was only matter of time. The Baggies did hold some of the top set to stalemates at the Hawthorns; the likes of Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham were forced to share in the spoils. Only Manchester United managed to take all three points.

It remains to be seen whether this latest result will spill forth onto their travels. So far, their road form hasn’t been much to write home about with a 2-0-5 record in the New Year. The only two sides they’ve managed to beat are Swansea City and Norwich City. As such, it should come as no surprise that they are listed at the whopping disadvantage to fashion any meaningful result at the Emirates. The away victory is tipped at staggering +1000 soccer odds and the away draw is listed equally out of reach at +475.

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Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion match betting tips and picks:
No matter how you slice this matchup, it’s a home banker. But at -400 soccer odds on an Arsenal win at home, it’s hardly a moneymaker. Soccer bettors will have to turn to periphery soccer-betting markets to find value soccer picks.

To begin with, the Over 2.5 looks to be a good place to start with odds running around -200 or thereabouts across sportsbooks. Of course, better odds are available for the Over 3.5 mark at William Hill. Given West Bromwich’s have conceded 29 goals over 17 road games (3-6-8), it’s reasonable to assume the Gunners would get more than a few past their porous defence.

Halftime markets are offering Arsenal to win both halves at -150, which is a decent price altogether when considering their halftime record stands at 8-8-2 this season. But if you’re of the opinion that West Bromwich will give as good as it gets in the first half at least the draw-Arsenal bet is a tempting +300.

Finally, in the Result/ both teams to score markets, Arsenal and Yes is tipped at +163 and that does seem to be a bit of a gift. So too does Arsenal and No at +110.

Soccer Free Picks: Arsenal to win outright at -400; Over 2.5 at -200

 Additional Soccer Picks:
Over 3.5 at +110 at William Hill
Arsenal to win both halves at -150 or Draw-Arsenal at +300
Arsenal and Yes at +163 in Result/Both Teams to score

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