Arsenal v West Ham Predictions and Betting Tips
April 03, 2017
Wednesday April 5 – Emirates Stadium – Premier League
Arsenal vs West Ham may not be the most glamorous London derby in the Premier League, but the unpredictability makes it no less exciting. Victory will mean a lot more to Arsene Wenger than his opposite number, so expect the home side to go all out early.
The Gunners vs Hammers rivalry dates back to the 1923/24 season and has produced 118 encounters, with Arsenal coming out on top 57 times, West Ham on 28 occasions and the spoils have been shared 33 times. West Ham won 2-0 at the Emirates last season, while Arsenal comprehensively beat Wednesday’s opponents 5-1 in December.
Santi Cazorla and Lucas Perez are guaranteed to miss Wednesday’s game, but Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny should return. Although star man Alexis Sanchez is fully fit, dropping hints of his desire to transfer to cross city rivals Chelsea during an interview on a Chilean radio show last week could keep him out of the starting XI.
West Ham will be without Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid, Diafra Sahko and Gokhan Tore while Michail Antonio only has a 50/50 chance of making the starting line-up. With such an extensive injury list, Slaven Bilic will opt for a defensive, counterattacking style.
Arsenal vs West Ham Preview and Predictions
The Gunners’ turbulent form since their 10-2 aggregate humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich hasn’t stopped bookmakers from backing them as heavy favourites at odds of 4/9, but it could be as much to do with the amount of bodies on the Irons’ treatment table. Bilic’s side are extreme outsiders at 7/1, which makes them excellent value considering Arsenal’s tendency to lose important games.
Despite Dimitri Payet’s forceful return to Marseille in January, West Ham have risen in the table, largely down to the reintroduction of Andy Carroll into the starting XI. The England international is the perfect fit for Bilic’s direct game, but it is still Michail Antonio earning all the plaudits. The former Nottingham Forest man has become the Hammers’ star player in a strong breakthrough season, despite being moved around the pitch.
Arsenal will likely dominate possession and the spine of the team will be back intact as Cech and Koscielny are likely to return. West Ham are known for their spirited effort so they will hold the Gunners back for as long as possible, but their lack of personnel means the floodgates will open eventually.
Draw at half-time, Arsenal at full time at 10/3
Even if Arsenal go all-out attack, the Hammers’ deep defence will not be giving much away. West Ham’s counter attacks won’t amount to much either, however, with Cech back in goal.
Arsenal to win 2-0
One goal is very rarely enough, something Arsene Wenger knows all too well. West Ham aren’t the kind of side to capitulate, but Darren Randolph will only be able to take so much.