WBA vs Arsenal Live Stream and Highlights
WBA vs Arsenal Preview:
Date: April 6, 2013; Time: 3:00 PM BST;
Venue: The Hawthorns — West Bromwich.
The visitors continue their top-four fight. The hosts will try to strengthen their place in the top half of the table, while Arsenal are fighting for the last Champions League place with two London clubs.
WBA stands 8th in the Premier League table with 44 points from 31 games, hiving 13 wins, 5 draws and 13 losses so far this season. Their present form has seen 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats from last five games. Last five home matches the Baggies have finished with the same stats. They have a great season under their new head coach Steve Clarke. After losing Roy Hodgson to England International team they haven’t lost their strength, and now WBA will try to carry out their season goals.
Arsenal goes 5th in the EPL standings with 53 points from 30 games, winning 15, drawing 8 and losing 7 so far this season. The Gunners are 2 points behind 4th-placed Chelsea and 4 points behind 3rd-placed Tottenham, but Chelsea and Arsenal have a game in hand. EPL shows a very tight fight for the final two Champions League places this season. Also 6th-placed Everton are involved in this battle going just 2 points behind Arsenal. Their present form has seen 4 wins and 1 loss from last five games. Last five away matches the Gunners have finished with the same stats. They were eliminated from all tournaments, so now Arsenal can focus only on the EPL and on the next year’s Champions League spot. Also, Arsenal have won 5 of their last 6 EPL fixtures, so they are full of confidence. The reverse fixture ended wit a 2-0 win for Arsenal thanks to two goals from Mikel Arteta. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 4 away matches with West Brom.
West Brom head coach Steve Clarke will have to play without Youssouf Mulumbu. He was sent off in the game against West Ham last weekend. Long-term absentees George Thorne and Zoltan Gera still remain sidelined. James Morrison expects a late fitness test.
Jack Wilshere has an ankle injury and Theo Walcott is out due to groin problem till the game against Norwich next week. Kieron Gibbs is available for selection after illness, but Nacho Monreal could recover in time after knee problem. Abou Diaby is out of the game for the rest of the calendar year.
WBA line-up: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Dorrans, Morrison, Yacob, Brunt, Long, Lukaku.
Last three matches:
West Ham 3 – West Bromwich Albion 1;
Stoke City 0 – West Bromwich Albion 0;
West Bromwich Albion 2 – Swansea City 1.
Arsenal line-up: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Rosicky, Gervinho, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud.
Last three matches:
Arsenal FC 4 – Reading 1;
Swansea City 0 – Arsenal FC 2;
FC Bayern München 0 – Arsenal FC 2.