West Bromwich Albion needs the points hard and Arsenal is just nice in a flow, so WBA probably can put those points out of his mind. Or does Alan Pardew still stand a chance of winning a rare victory?
West Brom :
With Alan Pardew at the helm, West Bromwich Albion has not yet achieved the desired success. WBA still stands nineteenth and has three, actually four points too few. Not for nothing is WBA the least winning team in the Premier League; WBA won only 10% of its 20 matches so far, or two matches. In that respect it is still good that WBA is not at the bottom, but The Baggies are playing a lot. Number ten Watford, for example, lost as much as WBA, but won seven times.
West Bromwich Albion also played at Boxing Day with 0-0 in his own home against Everton. Salomon Rondon and Craig Dawson both got chances within the goalkeeper’s five meter range, but did not succeed in scoring. The biggest problem of Alan Pardew, who saw his team shoot seventeen times so far and only scored three goals, again came out painfully: WNA is unable to score (enough) goals.
With the draw, WBA has already won eighteen Premier League matches in a row. West Brom has not been able to celebrate a win since August 19, when it surprisingly won 0-1 at Burnley. Alan Pardew may be satisfied with the match against Everton and called it the best 90 minutes he has seen so far, but with the tip you get for that, you buy very little.
Arsenal is coming closer and closer to the top four, but if your competitors keep on winning, you will not get along much of it. To stay on track with competitors like Tottenham and Liverpool, Arsenal must also win his matches and hope that one of these two teams will ever make a mistake. That did not happen last week, but Arsenal won his match ‘just’.
The opponent was called Crystal Palace and it was defeated 2-3. Two goals from Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal on track after The Gunners had been very dominant in the first half. In the second half, however, Crystal Palace came out of the starting blocks better and Andros Townsend also made the 1-1. For a moment it seemed that Arsenal would drop through the lower limit again, but Alexis Sanchez made the 1-2 out of nowhere and after a bit later after a beautiful pass from Jack Wilshere he also wrote the 1-3 on his behalf. – to the satisfaction of Arsenal, of course.
Arsenal has now won more London derby’s in the Premier League than any other team in the Premier League (120 in all). In the recent derbies Alexis Sanchez had an important share, because he scored ten goals and gave three assists in the last fifteen derbies. Incidentally, Arsene Wenger was on the bench at Arsenal for the 810th duel, with which he equaled the record of Sir Alex Ferguson. Against West Bromwich Albion, Wenger will be the longest-serving Premier League manager ever. So that has to be celebrated with a victory.
Insider TIP: Arsenal to win – 1.72