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WBA vs Arsenal: Match preview with team news, how to watch and prediction

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Arsenal will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce when they take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday night.

The Gunners endured their worst start to a league season in over 60 years having won just four of their opening 14 Premier League matches so Mikel Arteta was under huge pressure heading into the busy festive period.

However, Arsenal got their campaign back on track with a crucial 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Boxing Day and followed it up with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Brighton so Arteta will be hoping to make it three wins on the spin this weekend.

Arsenal currently sit 13th in the table but could climb into the top half of the division with victory at West Brom and put themselves within touching distance of the European places so they’ll be keen to come away with all three points.

The Baggies on the other hand are also desperate for a result as they languish in the bottom three and Sam Allardyce will be demanding a response following their humiliating 5-0 defeat to Leeds United on Tuesday night.

How to watch

The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport with subscribers able to watch on TV, online or via the BT Sport app. Streaming football matches online can be a convenient for many fans but it’s important to have super fast broadband connection. You can check your broadband at www.speedcheck.org to make sure you have suitable internet speed to stream the game.

A good broadband speed for streaming is at least 2-3 megabits per second but you’d want at least 5Mbps for HD quality viewing. Obviously the higher the better so try to have the best broadband available in your area to ensure you can stream the game uninterrupted.

Team news

Arsenal will continue to be without Gabriel as the defender is self-isolating while David Luiz remains a doubt after missing the last two games due to illness. Therefore, Pablo Mari could continue alongside Rob Holding in defence.

Willian is another doubt for the Gunners and Thomas Partey is expected to miss the trip to the Hawthorns despite stepping-up his recovery from a thigh injury. Bukayo Saka picked up a knock against Brighton so he’ll need to be checked ahead of the weekend.

West Brom will be without Jake Livermore due to suspension while Conor Townsend is ruled out with a knee injury. Hal Robson Kanu has an elbow injury and isn’t expected to feature while Kyle Bartley and Kieran Gibbs are also doubts for the hosts.

Prediction

WBA 1-2 Arsenal: The Baggies were woeful against Leeds so Allardyce will be demanding a much-improved display and they showed last week with a draw at Liverpool they are capable of getting a result against the big-boys.

However, Arsenal appear to have turned a corner following two positive results over the past week and they should have too much quality for WBA in the end. It should be a closely fought game, but we expect the Gunners to edge it.

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