Soccer Picks: West Brom vs. Arsenal Tips & Odds

Nila Amerova

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 8:53 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 8:53 PM GMT

The weekend serves up plenty of interesting Premier League clashes including the fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal. Can Baggies bag a second straight big win and defy the betting odds? Or will Arsenal punch at their weight class and extend their winning pace?

Now that Arsenal are perched at the top of the table and odds makers have shortened their price to win the Premier League title down to +400 at Bet365, making them the third short-odds-on-favourites behind Man City and Chelsea, Arsene Wenger looks less like the clueless professor the media portrayed him to be earlier in the season and increasingly more like a deeply misunderstood genius every day. Of course, it’s too early in the season to be making sweeping judgements other than observe Arsenal’s winning pace and their league leading position as a result.

Arsenal are currently enjoying a nine-game winning streak spanning all competitions, correlating to their best form and, in turn, their best title chance in years according to experts.

After just taking two points from their first four league games, West Brom finally got into the win column with a 3-0 victory over Sunderland. What now seems to have been the catalyst to a surge in form, as they went on to play admirably against Arsenal in League Cup action and to shock Manchester United at the Old Trafford in their subsequent Premier League game with a 2-1 victory. Can they build on that result with another upset over Arsenal, this time on their home turf at The Hawthorns?

The Bookies aren’t buying what they are selling, clearly. Sending Baggies into this match quoted at the significant disadvantage, at +320 soccer odds at Bet365. William Hill have them quoted slightly lower at +300. Even the draw is significantly out of reach at +275 at Bet365 and +280 at William Hill.

One could argue that few saw the victory over Man U coming. Frankly, a victory over Sunderland (bottom-scrapers in the league right now) is hardly the stuff of confidence building is it. That they played well against Arsenal in League Cup action can also be chalked to the fact that Arsenal at the time was missing key players and West Brom took advantage by forcing the draw before succumbing to the mighty Londoners on penalties.

A victory over Man U is the stuff of confidence building however, even if it is a Man U struggling with an existential crisis right now and a mere shadow of its league-winning self. That result should send the Baggies into this clash with Arsenal on a wave of optimism.

They are enjoying a two-game winning streak in Premier League action and, as a result, they are sat pretty in tenth place. Heck, they are also now listed at +4000 to finish in the Top 6, if you can believe). A fact that means they’ll definitely give Gunners a run for their money to win this game – what is quoted at favourable soccer odds of -125 at Bet35 and at -120 at William Hill.

Keep in mind that Arsenal have a big clash against Napoli to contend with in midweek Champions League action. While they will be playing at the Emirates and therefore won’t be dealing with travel there is still an awful lot of pressure on the Gunners to gain a result in that match, what is largely held group defining towards determining the winner.

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Soccer Betting Verdict: This should be an intriguing matchup especially given that Baggies should be confident following their recent head-to-head with Arsenal in League Cup where they were simply unlucky not take away a result and their win over title defenders Man U at the Old Trafford. Those two facts alone make them a tempting choice for your soccer picks to win outright at +320 at Bet365 with home advantage underscoring those odds.

That said beating Man U and beating a confident, high-flying Arsenal are two quite different kettles of fish. A big ask for West Brom even if they are playing well right now. Arsenal is simply that much better and barring some freak results or injuries during midweek Champions League action, Arsenal should traipse to The Hawthorns and take all three points.

Soccer Free Picks: Arsenal to win outright at -125
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