West Ham and Arsenal will be renewing their fight for a top four place in what is billed as a crucial six-pointer in the race for Champions League football next season. Eight points separate the two sides which makes this a must-win tie for West Ham if they want to keep their top four hopes alive.
The Irons are priced at a distant 10/3 with Betfred in this league clash while the Gunners are the favourites at 4/5 and a draw is 11/4. The hosts have 33 Premier League matches against their north London counterparts which is more than against any other side in the competition.
David Moyes’ side will be looking on improving themselves before they make the trip to Germany ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg clash with the Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. They go into the match behind on aggregate after losing at home 2-1.
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The Gunners, meanwhile, are in rejuvenated form with back-to-back wins after suffering three defeats on the bounce. Mikel Arteta’s side picked big wins against Chelsea and Manchester United after suffering defeats from Crystal Palace, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton.
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Both teams in matches involving West Ham have scored in 21 matches out of 34 Premier League matches so far this season while Arsenal have finished 13 from 33 league games this way. Both teams to score is 8/11.
The Irons have finished 18 from 34 league outings with three or more total goals including two in their last five matches while for Arsenal it is 18 from 33 including four in their last five. Over 2.5 goals is 4/5.
Players to watch
Two players that have caught my eye of late are West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka after some brilliant performances of late. Bowen has starred throughout the season for the Irons and has been incredible unlucky not to pick up a goal or two in his last three league matches while Saka has picked up his 10th and 11th goals in the Premier League against Chelsea and Man United respectively.
Both players have been priced rather highly in my opinion with the West Ham forward at 10/3 to score anytime while Saka is 2/1 considering both players have scored a combined 20 league goals this season. Especially when Saka has been clinical from the spot too.
This will be the 146th meeting between the two sides with West Ham picking up 35 wins, 41 draws and 69 defeats in that time in all competitions against Arsenal. In the league, this will be the 128th meeting between the two with the Irons picking up 29 wins, 35 draws and 63 defeats.
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Source by Football London