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STAT PACK: Will Baggies keep sharing goals around?

3 May 2014

Facts and figures on Sunday's clash at The Emirates Stadium (ko 1.30pm)

ALBION travel to London to face Arsenal on Sunday (ko 1.30pm) and here football stats website WhoScored.com have previewed the clash.


What a vital three points it was from the 1-0 win over West Ham last weekend, but the 15th-placed Baggies are still not yet mathematically safe.


A trip to the Emirates this weekend is not the easiest place to continue their quest to rise up the Barclays Premier League rankings, but given recent performances - and results - there is reason for optimism.


Victory over the Hammers meant Albion have lost only one of their last five matches and that came at champions-elect Manchester City. 


The Baggies’ away form has picked up dramatically of late, with wins at Swansea and Norwich in the three matches on the road preceding the defeat at the Etihad, where Pepe Mel’s men threatened more than most do to upset City's incredible home record.


Albion come up against a Gunners side who have fallen off the pace at the upper end of the league after threatening to put in a title challenge earlier on in the campaign. 


Back when they were at the peak of their form and sat top of the table in the autumn, their progress was twice disrupted by none other than Albion, who ended Arsenal's seven-match winning streak in all competitions with a draw in the Capital One Cup and then just a couple of weeks later ended their run of consecutive Premier League wins at five games with another stalemate at The Hawthorns.


The 1-1 Premier League draw in October looked in its early stages as if the Baggies were heading towards victory, having dominated for significant periods and taken a lead in at the break. 


Claudio Yacob was the goalscorer that day, with yet another goal coming from an unlikely source in the Baggies squad. 


No fewer than seventeen Albion players have scored in the Premier League this season, with players all over the pitch taking responsibility in attacking areas.


The Baggies sit tenth in the table for goals scored (42), but only Tottenham (18) have more goalscorers this season than them.


Teams are often criticised for being too reliant on the input of one player and if there was ever something to praise this Albion team for, it is the team share the burden equally among them.


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All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)


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HOME
67
24
17269692
 
4

AWAY6412
143873136

-63

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-1

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-60


Interesting facts

Albion have drawn four of their five Barclays Premier League matches in London this season.

The Baggies have hit the woodwork four times this season - the least among the 20 teams in the Premier League, with Liverpool leading the way on 26.

Arsenal have scored in each of their previous 16 top-flight games against the Baggies, with the last goalless draw between the two sides back in 1985.

Albion are one of only three Premier League teams not to have received a red card this season, along with Villa and Sunderland.

Arsenal have not lost at home in the league since their opening-day 3-1 defeat by Villa.

Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Sunday, October 6, 2013, Albion 1 (Yacob 42) Arsenal 1 (Wilshere 63)
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, December 8, 2012, Arsenal 2 (Arteta pen 26, pen 64) Albion 0

Form guide (last six league matches)
 
ALBION: LDWDLW 
ARSENAL: DDLWWW

Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v West Ham – home W 1-0): Foster, Jones, Dawson, Olsson, Reid (Morrison 47), Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Dorrans, Brunt, Sessegnon (Anichebe 81), Berahino (Yacob 91). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Lugano, Vydra, Thievy.

ARSENAL (v Newcastle – home W 3-0): Szczesny, Sagna, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Cazorla, Ozil (Flamini 74), Ramsey (Rosicky 74), Arteta, Podolski, Giroud (Sanogo 84). Subs not used: Fabianski (gk), Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Kallstrom.

Arsenal team news

Gunners trio Jack Wilshere (foot), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) and Kieran Gibbs (ankle) are all unavailable for the encounter. Bacary Sagna (knee) is also struggling.

Ref watch

Mike Jones will referee Sunday's game. The Cheshire official last oversaw the Baggies in their 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle towards the end of last season. He has dished out 51 yellow cards and two red in 17 games this term.

Betting

Selected odds from Sky Bet:

Albion to win: 9/1

Arsenal to win: 2/7

Draw: 9/2

Graham Dorrans: 18/1

Mesut Ozil to score first: 6/1

If you fancy a flutter with the club's official online betting partner, click here.

Tickets

Albion have sold out their entire 2,900 allocation for this game. And fans are urged not to travel without a match ticket.

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