Arsenal vs. West Ham predictions

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Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England When: Thursday, December 28, 9:15 pm CET

This is one of the London derbies who are always fierce and overwhelmed with emotions and tension. Ahead of this clash, Arsenal sits first in the standings, while West Ham is on the edge of the zone that leads to the international stage. The Hammers still have a decent chance to reach one of the spots that leads to the UEFA Champions League. As for the Gunners, they are in the place where they want to be. It’s up to them to keep it that way.

Arsenal vs. West Ham

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Arsenal 

The Gunners survived Anfield Road and Liverpool, taking one point from this nasty road trip and returning home undefeated. The final result of this match was 1-1, which was satisfying for all the fans. 

We have to notice that Mikel Arteta’s squad did experience a little drop in its form, with Arsenal losing against Aston Villa on the road, 1-0, and then recording a 1-1 tie in the UEFA Champions League vs. PSV, with the only victory in the previous four events coming at home against Brighton, 2-0. 

When mentioning Arsenal’s performances at the Emirates Stadium, they are one of few undefeated teams at home this year when looking only at the Premiership games. After nine appearances, the Gunners have seven victories and two ties, with a goal difference of 22 scored and eight allowed hits. 

West Ham

West Ham had an excellent stretch of results during November, but we’ve seen them experiencing two losses in the last five games. Both of them came on the road, and both were pretty painful. The first was against Fulham at Craven Cottage 5-0, and the second at Anfield Road in the English Football League Cup when Liverpool ripped apart the Hammers 5-1. 

David Moyes’ pack is highly unstable on the road, having 5 victories and five defeats in the previous 10 outings, counting in all the competitions. 

However, one consistency would be the high efficiency of those games, with 8 of them ending with at least three goals.

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Arsenal and West Ham Possible Lineups 

Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Trossard; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

West Ham: Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Mavropanos, Emerson; Soucek, Alvarez, Ward-Prowse; Kudus, Bowen, Paqueta

* at the time of writing these lineups were relevant

Arsenal vs. West Ham Head to Head

This will be the second clash between these two rivals during the current campaign. The previous was in the English Football League Cup when the Hammers used the home-court advantage to eliminate Arsenal, 3-1. 

This was the fourth meeting in a row with both teams netting and over 2.5 goals.

Arsenal vs. West Ham Predictions

Even though the Gunners stand as massive favorites here, we will pick high efficiency instead of their victory as our final suggestion. West Ham is a very tough team to beat, especially when they are motivated. Meanwhile, both teams play exciting football with plenty of action and goal opportunities, so we believe that over 2.5 hits is the right bet. 

Our verdict: Over 2.5 goals

Arsenal versus West Ham Odds

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Author: Eugene Morris