Andrew Hughes thinks Arsenal will prevail at the Hawthorns on Saturday and help to land another weekend multiple in the process
“Despite recent set backs on the road against Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Liverpool, Arsenal have a decent away record, and could not be taking on the Baggies at a better time.”
A trip to the Hawthorns to take on Tony Pulis's gritty Albion side is exactly the kind of Premier League test that you might expect Arsenal to flunk, but I think the visitors will leave the West Midlands with all three points on Saturday.
West Brom were a revelation in the first half of the season, but appear to be running out of steam as the season enters the stretch. They've lost two of their last four, conceding eight goals in the process, and have failed to score in their last two.
It's also worth noting that, as highlighted by the Opta Stats preview for this game, Arsene Wenger has a good record against Pulis teams, losing only one out of nine contests. Despite recent set backs on the road against Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Liverpool, Arsenal have a decent away record, and could not be taking on the Baggies at a better time. Back them to earn a hard-fought win.
With Lions places up for grabs, and a possible top four World Cup seeding within reach, there will be plenty of motivation for Wales to finish the Six Nations on a high note, but I think France are the safer bet on Saturday.
Both sides have impressed, particularly among the forwards, while being unable to match England's power and dominance. But while France finally appear to be on the up, Wales are sliding in the opposite direction. With home advantage and good conditions underfoot, the stage is set for the French to put on a show of attacking rugby, and though this game is likely to be tight, the home side can edge it.
Three defeats in a row has left St Helens in the bottom three of Super League and their season isn't about to get any better this weekend.
Catalans have only lost one of their four matches so far and have notched impressive wins over Hull and Warrington, while St Helens, beaten Super League semi-finalists last autumn, have crashed to defeat against Wakefield and newcomers Leigh. The French side has also won four of their last five matches against Saints, including their last three at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. Back the Dragons to roar on Saturday.
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2017 Weekend Multiple P/L
Staked: 20 pts
Returned: 18.4 pts
P/L: -1.6 pts