Ryan Elliott of oddschecker.com assesses the betting as Albion take on Arsenal...

The Result

There’s plenty of value to be found in the betting markets.

For the result, there’s no looking past Arsenal to win to nil – priced incredibly generously at 13/10.

Albion’s 11 away games against top six opposition since the start of last season has yielded two goals and not a single point; not the sort of record that fills you with much hope, particularly against an Arsenal side who generally thrive at home.

Prior to their shock 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace, The Gunners won ten straight Premier League matches on home soil; will they worry about the arrival of an Albion side with such a poor record against the big boys? Or indeed, with such a poor away record full-stop?

I’ve got this far without even mentioning Albion’s titanic 11-hour goal drought, which finally came to an end against Newcastle; one goal in eight games still doesn’t make for pretty reading.

It’s hard to see The Seagulls scoring; it’s very hard to see Arsenal not winning. Expect a defensive rear-guard akin to what we saw against Spurs during that agonising defeat, but ultimately, 13/10 looks far too good to pass up for an Arsenal win to nil.


The Banker

My banker is for the first goal of the match to be score after the 25th minute.

Just 11 of Arsenal’s 41 home goals have come inside the opening half-hour, and if they are to break down this resolute Albion defence—who, barring that horrific Newcastle goal, have looked excellent in their last three matches—I suspect it’ll be after some significant grinding down.

Evens for a post-25th minute goal seems a solid price.


The Longshot

Today's longshot was priced at 18/1 at time of writing: Granit Xhaka to score from outside the box.

There are two things Xhaka is very good at: getting booked, and smashing in long-range goals. The Swiss has scored four times in the Premier League this season—his latest coming against Manchester United which was, yes, outside the area—and with Albion bound to sit deep, it’ll present Xhaka with plenty of opportunities to unleash from range.