Arsenal v West Ham United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Arsenal v West Ham United

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Saturday, March 7, 2020


Emirates Stadium

Punter's Pick

Historically Arsenal have dominated this fixture and beat the Hammers 3-1 earlier in the season. But West Ham’s form has improved and they pose more of an attacking threat in recent games so backing an outright win for Arsenal doesn’t represent great value at this stage. One market that does offer value is the under 11 corners market which has been priced at 6/5 with Bet365. This has materialised in the last three games with their previous encounter only hitting seven. It is likely to be a combative affair and we are also looking to back the over 3.5 cards market at 10/11 with the same bookmaker.

Arsenal host West Ham at the Emirates in a crucial London derby which could have a huge impact at both ends of the table. Arsenal are looking to continue their quest for a top four finish while West Ham look to move away from the relegation zone. Both teams know that dropped points here will open the door for their rivals, with a win a must for both sides.

Arsenal come into this game on the back of a 2-0 FA Cup win over Portsmouth with goals from Sokratis and Eddie Nketiah confirming their passage to the next round. Despite losing against Olympiakos in the Europa League the Gunners had been on an unbeaten run of ten games in all competitions prior to that game, showing the impact Mikel Arteta is having on the team. The goals have started to flow more consistently as the Spaniard puts his stamp on a team he still won’t consider his own until after the summer. The improvements in attitude, energy and ultimately quality on the pitch have been evident since the sacking of Unai Emery with the likes of Nicholas Pepe having more of an influence in games. There are still question marks over their defence and midfield for the long run and these are the core areas Arteta will need to address to ensure he has the right balance between defence and attack. The team will be confident of taking all three points in this one but can come unstuck against those that set up defensively and Arteta will look for a fast start from his players.

West Ham will have taken great confidence from some of their recent performances despite getting their first win after eight matches last time out. An excellent home performance saw Jarrod Brown net his first goal for the club with Sebastian Haller and Michail Antonio rounding off the scoring in a 3-1 win over Southampton. There has been a noticeable change in the way West Ham are approaching their games, with the team showing more attacking intent from the off. An excellent performance against Liverpool at Anfield highlighted this as David Moyes set up to press the league leaders straight from the off and actually went ahead 2-1 through Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals. The quality of the home side proved too much in the end but the usual style associated with Moyes in looking to be defensively strong and attacking periodically has been discarded for now and the team are reaping the rewards. Michail Antonio has been the one player who has stood out in taking the attack to the opposition and his drive from midfield and ability to get the team up the pitch will be crucial in the coming weeks.

In team news Arsenal will be without Uruguayan enforcer Lucas Torreira who suffered a fractured ankle in the win over Portsmouth. The Gunners also remain without Sead Kolasinac, Callum Chambers and Cedric Soares. Alexandre Lacazette could return having made way for the Eddie Nketiah in the FA Cup with Pablo Mari also pushing for a place after an impressive performance.

West Ham will be without Tomas Soucek with Declan Rice and Mark Noble likely to form the central midfield pairing. Ryan Frederiks and Andriy Yarmalenko also remain out with Jarrod Bowen looking to continue his fine start to life at West Ham.

Punter's Pick

Historically Arsenal have dominated this fixture and beat the Hammers 3-1 earlier in the season. But West Ham’s form has improved and they pose more of an attacking threat in recent games so backing an outright win for Arsenal doesn’t represent great value at this stage. One market that does offer value is the under 11 corners market which has been priced at 6/5 with Bet365. This has materialised in the last three games with their previous encounter only hitting seven. It is likely to be a combative affair and we are also looking to back the over 3.5 cards market at 10/11 with the same bookmaker.

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