West Ham United vs Arsenal Predictions
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- Both teams have scored in four of the last six meetings between West Ham and Arsenal.
- Both teams have notched in five of Arsenal’s last seven league assignments.
- West Ham have won five of their last six home league games.
- Arsenal have won just one of their last four away league contests.
Crucial London derby on Sunday
In something of a role reversal, West Ham are pushing for Champions League qualification this season, while Arsenal are scratching around for points in midtable, and the Irons will be confident of securing a result that reaffirms their superiority over the Gunners on Sunday.
West Ham boss David Moyes was in the firing line last week when his ultra-defensive setup at Old Trafford resulted in a 1-0 reverse against Manchester United, though the Scottish manager is generally more adventurous in home games.
The Hammers have won five of their last six league assignments at the London Stadium, and with loanee Jesse Lingard available again having sat out last week’s defeat against his parent club, West Ham will be targeting more success there on Sunday.
Gunners’ midweek test
Mikel Arteta chose to field close to his strongest available team in Arsenal’s Europa League Last 16 second-leg clash with Olympiakos, and fatigue could be an issue for his players on Sunday as a result.
Domestically, Arsenal have taken seven points from the last nine on offer, and their 2-1 derby victory over North London rivals Tottenham last weekend felt significant.
Defensively, problems remain however, and Arsenal have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine top-flight tests.
Goals at both ends in the capital
Arsenal’s calamitous streak makes them nervous defenders, and they could struggle to combat the running power and technical skill of a West Ham frontline like contains tricky customers like Jesse Lingard and Michail Antonio.
The Irons’ strength from set-pieces will also strike fear into the Gunners’ rearguard and a clean sheet for Arsenal on Sunday could prove hard to secure. West Ham have scored more goals from set plays than any other team in the division (14) and their aerial prowess from deliveries into the box could be a match-defining factor.
Mikel Arteta’s side have been opening defences more regularly themselves however, and having notched nine goals in their last five league matches, Arsenal can impact the scoresheet against a West Ham defence that shut-out their visitors just three times in their last nine attempts at home.
Despite conceding more often than not, West Ham’s results at the London Stadium have been impressive however, and they have tasted defeat just twice in 13 Premier League contests on home soil.
Their strength at home makes them worth backing to win on Sunday, and our 2-1 correct score prediction tips the Irons to net exactly twice for the third game running on their own patch.
West Ham injuries and team news
Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna and Andriy Yarmolenko are still out for West Ham, while Darren Randolph, Pablo Fornals and Ryan Fredericks are all rated as doubtful.
Jesse Lingard will make a welcome return to the fold having sat out the Hammers’ game against his parent club Man Utd last week however.
Arsenal injuries and team news
Willian and Bukayo Saka are Arsenal’s only injury concerns, though the latter should be fit enough to feature.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left on the bench for last weekend’s North London Derby for a breach of discipline, and it remains to be seen if he comes back into the team in the Premier League despite starting in Europe on Thursday.