Apr 18, 2018
Apr 18, 2018

Premier League preview: Arsenal vs. West Ham

Arsenal vs. West Ham odds

Inform your Arsenal vs. West Ham prediction

Analysing the Arsenal vs. West Ham stats

Premier League preview: Arsenal vs. West Ham

West Ham make the short trip to the Emirates this Sunday, looking to move further away from the relegation dogfight and add more pressure on Arsene Wenger. Looking for value in the Arsenal vs. West Ham odds? Read on to inform your Arsenal vs. West Ham prediction.

A look at the Arsenal vs. West Ham odds

Arsenal are heavy favourites to take all three points at home on Sunday, with the odds giving them a 63% chance of beating their London rivals.

With over 2.5 goals at 1.490*, goals are expected at the Emirates. Despite coming in as underdogs, West Ham are expected to score with overs 0.75 goals odds of 1.598*.

Arsenal vs. West Ham stats: What you need to know

Time: Sunday, April 22, 13:30 GMT

Venue: Emirates Stadium

  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last eight home games
  • West Ham have won just once in their last six away Premier League games
  • Arsenal are undefeated in 22 of their last 24 home Premier League matches
  • Arsenal havescored at least three goals in five of their last six home Premier League matches
  • There have been at least two goals in the last five encounters between the two.

Team News:

Arsenal: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (knee) to miss out. Aaron Ramsey (shin) a doubt.

West Ham: Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini returned to the side on Monday. Michail Antonio, Pedro Obiang, Sam Byram and Winston Reid all expected to miss out.

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Inform your Arsenal vs. West Ham prediction

Arsenal’s recent loss to Newcastle compounded just how disillusioned the club currently is to its lofty expectations.

Empty home games, fan unrest, finishing outside of the top four for a consecutive season meanwhile their fierce rivals Tottenham’s shares seem to be on the up. If London in the early noughties was red, then surely right now it is white.

Arsene Wenger has taken the brunt of the criticism with many asking for the French veteran to stand down. Now, Arsenal’s manager has admitted defeat in the race for the Champions League spots and has turned his focus to the Europa League.

Expect to see some players rested for the Gunners as they prepare for their first leg tie against Atletico Madrid. Youngster Chris Willock started at Newcastle last time out, alongside Chambers and Holding as Wenger left some of his more influential players on the bench.

West Ham’s point against Stoke has pushed them further to safety. Manager David Moyes has given his players the challenge to gain five points in the remaining games, and anything from Sunday’s encounter could secure their safety from the Championship.

Another error from England international Joe Hart is a real cause from concern for West Ham. Only Hugo Lloris (5), Asmir Begovic (5) and Petr Cech (6) have made more errors leading to goals than Joe Hart (4) and he’s made just 1.23 saves per goal. If it wasn’t for Carroll’s 90th minute equalizer on Monday to spare Hart’s blushes, West Ham could be sitting just four points above the drop.

Arsenal vs. West Ham betting: Where is the value?

Whilst Arsenal have looked imperious at The Emirates this season and in particular in recent weeks, the latter half of the season may not go as scripted for the Gunners in the Premier League.

Arsenal are expected to play a weakened team in order to focus on their Europa League exploits and find a back door into next year’s Champions League - West Ham’s odds might seem high (5.830*) given the circumstances.

Bettors might be better off focusing on the overs market. Arsenal have scored at least three goals in five of their last six home matches and there have been 18 goals in the last six meetings between the two at The Emirates. Over 1.25 first-half goals at 1.892* could offer value.

There have been 19 cards in the last six meetings between the two, and with West Ham still fighting for their lives in the league, and against their London rivals, could turn out to be a fiery affair. Card betting could offer values for those looking at an alternative market.

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