West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal Preview
Two teams that have endured very contrasting starts to their respective national seasons prepare for battle in the EFL Cup second round when West Bromwich Albion takes on Arsenal at The Hawthorns on Wednesday.
The Baggies earned a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in the championship at the weekend, while Arsenal’s woeful start continued with a 2-0 loss to Chelsea.
With his sights firmly set on an immediate return to the top flight, Valerien Ismael has overseen a splendid start to the season for West Brom, employing the highly effective 3-4-3 that made Barnsley the most unlikely contender for promotion.
West Brom kicked off the new season with a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth, but have since notched up three straight wins in the second division, with Luton Town, Sheffield United, and most recently Blackburn falling to the Baggies’ superiority.
During his visit to Ewood Park over the weekend, Alex Mowatt, who followed Ismael to West Brom from Barnsley, saw his sweetly-hit volley sail to the net in the first minute, and Matt Phillips would double his team’s lead in the field. First half. time before Ben Brereton Diaz scored what turned out to be nothing more than comfort.
The less talked about West Brom’s fortunes at home in the 2020-21 Premier League season the better, but they have found the back of the net seven times in their first two games at The Hawthorns this period and surely have studied Arsenal’s defensive weaknesses before this contest.
Since the 2016-17 season, West Brom have not been eliminated in the second round, suffering a penalty shootout loss to Northampton Town, but they fell in the first round of the 2019-20 campaign and will surely prioritize immediate promotion instead of an unlikely cup to run here.
Facing the European champions with a new £ 97.5 million signing would make any team the underdog, but it was the same old story for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal during the 2-0 loss to Chelsea against the Emirates faithful.
Romelu Lukaku outwitted Pablo Mari to mark Reece James’s center during his second Blues debut, and the provider soon turned to the scorer when James, in acres of space on the right side, shot home and outscored Bernd Leno. in a dominant. First half.
With a 2-0 loss to Brentford, another blemish on his notebook, the pressure on Arteta’s shoulders increases each week, and with a trip to champion Manchester City next weekend, the prospect of Arsenal ending August without a single victory is very true.
Injuries and a bevy of coronaviruses have decimated the gates of Arteta’s team, but ending the club’s 28-year wait for another EFL Cup title would be a welcome feat, and Arsenal’s most recent second-round match in this tournament saw him defeat Hartlepool United 8-0. together in the 1995-96 season.
Arsenal managed a 3-1 win over Sam Allardyce’s West Brom in May, and the two teams met in EFL Cup action in September 2013, where forgotten men Nicklas Bendtner and Nacho Monreal helped the Gunners to advance on penalties in the third. round.