West Brom vs Arsenal, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

Arsène Wenger faces his old foe Tony Pulis as Arsenal travel to West Brom in the Premier League. 

When is it?

This is the first Premier League game of the weekend and is on Saturday, March 18. 

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off at the Hawthorns is 12.30pm. 

What TV channel is it on? 

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD 1, with the build up beginning at 11.30am. Alternatively you can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live or of course, bookmark this page and return for Telegraph Sport's minute-by-minute live coverage. 

What is the team news?

West Brom

The hosts will be without winger Matt Phillips, who is yet to recover from a hamstring problem that has kept him out of the last three games. He is joined on the sidelines by James Morisson who has an ankle knock. 

West Brom team vs Arsenal

Arsenal

Kieran Gibbs is a doubt for Arsenal while Santi Cazorla is their only long-term absentee as he continues his recovery from Achilles surgery. Mohammed Elneny is available for selection again and Alex Oxlade-Chamerlain faces a late fitness test after tweaking his hamstring against Lincoln City in the FA Cup. 

Arsenal vs West Brom team

What are they saying?

Pulis:

“The important thing is that we regroup. We’ve got some really tough games coming up now. We’ve got five out of the top six teams to play and they will be real tough challenges for us. 

“I’m delighted to be on 40 points. No-one should take away what the players have achieved and what they’ve done.

“But we’ve got to try and get as many points as we possibly can and work as hard as we can to do that.”

Wenger: 

“It’s a strange championship because there’s no continuity at the moment - we’ve had games cancelled, then after you play away, you don’t play, you play FA Cup and you play away again.

“So you don’t really know where you stand. You don’t have the same number of games, you don’t have the continuity home and away. What is for sure is that we are in a position where we can’t waste points.

There has been intense speculation about Wenger's future Credit: Getty Images

“We want to play in the Champions League next season. We have a tough job because we have six or seven teams fighting for the places and how well we do until the end of the season will of course depend on that.

“On the rest, we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, we have an opportunity to do that as well. So overall those are our targets. After that, success is basically to take the maximum out of the potential of the team. Where is that? We will see.”

What are the odds? 

  • West Brom 4/1
  • Arsenal 8/11
  • Draw 3/1 

What is our prediction?

Arsenal have won just one of their last seven away games against teams managed by Pulis, but we fancy them to double that tally on Saturday lunchtime. If Arsenal's seasons are really as predictable as people say, then we are due a spring revival after February's annual fall from the title race and Champions League exit. Wenger usually finds a formula to get his into the top four, and with West Brom past the magical 40-point barrier Arsenal have the stronger incentive. 

Verdict:West Brom 1 Arsenal 3. 

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