Saturday 12 January, kick-off 12.30pm
London Stadium – Premier League
West Ham United host fellow capital club Arsenal at the London Stadium on Saturday in these Premier League predictions. Both sides made it safely through to the fourth round of the FA Cup last weekend, but it’s back to league business in this early kick-off in front of the TV cameras.
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Arsenal may have a great record against West Ham, but the Gunners have been stuttering lately. They lost three in five in December before winning their last two games. The Hammers meanwhile have the attacking power to hurt what is a questionable Arsenal defence. Both teams to score looks nailed on at 1/2 in your free football betting tips, while the score draw’s 10/3 with Betfair. Our West Ham vs Arsenal prediction is a 2-2 draw and it’s priced at 11/1.
Marko Arnautovic scored a brace to rescue a point for West Ham against Brighton last week, before opening the scoring early on against Birmingham City in the FA Cup. Manuel Pellegrini substituted him off after 20 minutes at the weekend, which the Austrian striker didn’t take too kindly to. His fitness is crucial for West Ham and their chances both this weekend and over the rest of the season. Arnautovic is 11/2 with 888sport to score first in this football prediction, and 33/20 to bag anytime with the same bookmaker. He is 72/1 to strike first in a 2-2 draw.
Marko Arnautovic to score first
Neither of these teams have been great defensively this season, while each side has injury troubles at the back. The last meeting between the teams at Upton Park finished as an entertaining 3-3 draw, with Andy Carroll scoring a hat-trick. The same result on Saturday is 40/1 with bet365 as part of your football score predictions for the game. With Carroll scoring the last goal of the game, those odds rise to 213/1. Or go for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting first in a 3-3 scorecast for 166/1.
What’s the story with West Ham vs Arsenal?
Is West Ham vs Arsenal on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? Marko Arnautovic gave West Ham the lead when the teams met at the Emirates Stadium in August, but Arsenal equalised soon after and went on to win 3-1.
What are the West Ham vs Arsenal odds? West Ham are 13/5 in this Premier League preview, while Arsenal are the 21/20 favourites. The draw is 14/5 with Betfair, where you can get £100 in free bets when you open a new account.
Remember that time…Arsenal won 5-1 on their first trip to the London Stadium in December 2016? Alexis Sanchez hit a hat-trick for the Gunners, while Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were also on target.
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Pellegrini will hope Arnautovic is fit to play, as he’ll be without forwards Javier Hernandez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini for these West Ham v Arsenal predictions. Andy Carroll is fit again though and scored his first goal since April at the weekend. He’s likely to provide an option from the bench, which is more than Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere can hope for. Fabian Balbuena is also a doubt for this game.
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Unai Emery could welcome back a raft of players on Saturday after ringing the changes at Blackpool in the cup. Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny have all been nursing injuries, and will be assessed before the game. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are all out.
West Ham vs Arsenal prediction, preview and betting tips
Arsenal come into this game with an excellent record against West Ham. The Gunners have won five of the last six meetings between the sides, scoring 16 times in the process. The Hammers got a point in last season’s corresponding fixture courtesy of a goalless draw, while their last victory over Arsenal came at the Emirates in August 2015.
That’s West Ham’s only win against the Gunners in their last 18 attempts, with Arsenal winning 15 of those matches. Irons fans have seen their team win five of their last eight Premier League matches, but only one of their last four. The Hammers come into these football predictions after beating Birmingham 2-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday. They only got their second goal in injury time at the end of the game though, after Arnautovic had opened the scoring inside the opening couple of minutes.
Arsenal were much more comfortable in their 3-0 victory over Blackpool. Joe Willock scored a first-half brace at Bloomfield Road, as the Gunners took another step along the road to recovery after their 5-1 mauling at Anfield. Emery’s side beat Fulham 4-1 in their last Premier League game, but the defeat to Liverpool means they’re three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Manchester United are now only three behind them too coming into these West Ham v Arsenal betting tips.
With the pressure on, Arsenal need a result. However, West Ham showed their resolve to come back from 2-0 down in their last Premier League match at home to Brighton. The Hammers did lose on their own turf to Watford just before Christmas, but Arsenal have failed to win any of their last four on the road. That run includes a defeat at Southampton and a draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.
West Ham have taken a point from Arsenal in two of their last three home games against the Gunners. After the Irons’ draw in their last league match, and a stalemate in this fixture last season, our West Ham v Arsenal prediction is for this one to end all square, at 14/5. Both teams have greater attacking power than last term though, which is why we’re going for the score draw in this game.
West Ham vs Arsenal first goalscorer predictions
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the 15/4 favourite to net first in your football betting tips for the weekend. The Gabon striker rounded off the scoring against Fulham last week to take his tally to 14 goals this season. That makes him the joint-top scorer in the Premier League alongside Harry Kane. Felipe Anderson is West Ham’s top scorer so far this term with eight league goals. The Brazilian netted twice at Southampton just after Christmas, and has first goalscorer odds of 8/1 here.
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