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

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Premier League West Ham United v Arsenal

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Monday, December 9, 2019


London Stadium

Punter's Pick

West Ham welcome Arsenal to complete the latest round of league fixtures at the London Stadium. Both teams are desperate to win having had a tough period of form but will be conscious that form can count for little in a big derby game. Can West Ham ease their relegation fears or will Arsenal get their first points under Freddie Ljungberg?

West Ham come into this game having won just one of their last ten Premier League games, losing seven in the process. Manuel Pellegrini will have hoped their impressive 1-0 win away at Chelsea could have been the catalyst for a run of results but the team were unable to build on this as they went down 2-0 to Wolves in the following game. The Hammers certainly missed the pace and power of Michail Antonio, who has shown the impact he can have in recent games. An example was when the team were trailing 3-0 against Tottenham and on the verge of a real beating but his introduction stemmed the tide. The forward got his goal to help deliver a more respectable 3-2 scoreline and when he started the next game, West Ham went on to beat Chelsea. Once he came out of the team at Wolves, the Hammer’s old troubles emerged and they went on to lose. This shows that maybe the team isn’t that far off if one player can have such an impact and his return coupled with some investment in January could help them up the table.

Arsenal have had a torrid couple of weeks with poor results and the sacking of Unai Emery compounding their issues. The Gunners have not won in nine games in all competitions and this is a result which has included six draws and three losses. The most concerning thing for fans will be the nature of their performances, as the team has really struggled to stamp any authority on their games and have been extremely lucky in getting points in games they should have walked away with nothing. The 2-2 draw against Southampton was the perfect example where the Saints dominated the game and even with Lacazette equalising late on, none of the players celebrated at all. The change in leadership has come with club legend Freddie Ljungberg being instilled as interim manager, but he has not had the fairytale start he would have been hoping for. A 2-2 draw against lowly Norwich was followed up by a 2-1 home defeat against Brighton and were it not for the goals of Aubameyang,, the Gunners may have been fighting a relegation battle of their own. Ljungberg has told the press of how low the confidence levels of his players are, but as a league winner himself, he will be keen to push them and establish the right mindset for the second half of the season.

In team news Michail Antonio should be available to return to the side with Robert Snodgrass also looking to shake off a knock to make the starting lineup. Jack Wilshere and Winston Reid will face late tests to determine their fitness and are currently 50/50 to start. Two players who will definitely miss this game are Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Lanzini who are both out.

Arsenal will be hoping to welcome back Rob Holding who should make the squad after a knee injury. Dani Ceballos is expected to remain out with a thigh injury with Lacazette and Aubameyang both expected to lead the line up front.

In historical meetings between these two, Arsenal have dominated over the years and will be looking to repeat the trick on Monday night. However the Hammers did manage to break a three and a half year winless run against the Gunners by taking the three points at home last season courtesy of a goal from Declan Rice.

Ordinarily, Arsenal will start this game as strong favourites but their poor form has made this a difficult one to pick. Given the lack of creativity in both teams, we are backing the under 3.5 goals market at 8/11 with Bet365. We feel that the game will be somewhat cagey as both teams look to establish a foothold in midfield and will not be as expansive due to it being a derby. Both teams will want to ensure they stay in the game and this will mean periods of stalemate between the two.

Punter's Pick

West Ham welcome Arsenal to complete the latest round of league fixtures at the London Stadium. Both teams are desperate to win having had a tough period of form but will be conscious that form can count for little in a big derby game. Can West Ham ease their relegation fears or will Arsenal get their first points under Freddie Ljungberg?

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