WBA-MAD Preview: Albion vs Arsenal

04 October 2013 03:08
Joseph Chapman looks forward to the visit of Arsenal

We're at it again, ladies and gents.

Eleven days on from their penalty shoot out triumph at The Hawthorns, Arsenal are to return for the league fixture, with what is sure to be a much stronger lineup.  After sweeping aside Napoli in their Champions League tie on Wednesday, the Gunners are in blistering form. They've won all but one of the Premier League games this season – against Aston Villa on the opening day. Let's hope West Brom can mirror their rivals. Albion certainly did just that last week, as both Midlands clubs enjoyed victories over the two Manchester clubs. It was a well earned three points for the Baggies at Old Trafford, with few there able to say they didn't deserve it.  Although depleted, Clarke's side performed admirably, not deterred when they conceded so quickly after taking the lead. The forward quartet of Sessegnon, Amalfitano, Berahino and Anichebe were superb, causing Rio Ferdinand and Alex Buttner in particular no end of problems. This test will be as difficult (if not more so) than last week. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud have all been excellent in recent weeks, and means the likes of Claudio Yacob, Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson will have their work cut out.  TEAM NEWS Steve Clarke confirmed that James Morrison, Chris Brunt and Nicolas Anelka all trained this week, as did Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe, who picked up knocks in the aftermath of the United match last Saturday. Scott Sinclair, Matej Vydra and George Thorne will all miss the match, while Zoltan Gera is edging closer to a return. Bacary Sagna is facing a fitness test for the Gunners, while it remains to be seen as to whether Santi Cazorla will make it. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are certain absentees. PREDICTION I'm going to stick my neck out and say we'll nick a draw. The Gunners have been on a magnificent run, but it must come to an end at some point, especially with their squad being so thin. Our result last week should serve as a huge confidence boost; two wins on the bounce and 5 goals in the process should become the platform for another successful season. 1-1

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Source: WBA MAD