Today’s West Ham vs Arsenal preview analyses a Premier League London derby between the teams placed in nineteenth and fifth spot respectively. The Hammers are already on their second manager of the season having swapped Croatian Slaven Bilic for Scottish coach David Moyes. Moyes’ appointment didn’t go down well with West Ham supporters and it’s touch and go whether the former Man Utd and Everton boss can steer the Irons to safety this year.
The Hammers haven’t won in six fixtures in the run-up to this week’s West Ham vs Arsenal betting tips, losing four of those games against Liverpool, Watford, Everton and Manchester City. They fell to a late David Silva goal against City having shown plenty of determination in the eighty minutes or so before that. Only Swansea City have a worse record at home than the Irons in 2017/18 and Moyes will have to somehow restore some of his players’ belief when they are playing at the London Stadium.
Arsenal can count themselves unlucky not to have taken at least a point at home to Man Utd. They lost 1-3 but spurned countless chances in an enthralling end to end clash. The defeat was the Gunner’s third in six fixtures and they are starting to look a little shaky as we enter the relentless Christmas period. Wenger’s men have picked up just two wins from seven on the road and while goal scoring certainly hasn’t been a problem for them this season, as always, their performances in defensive areas have been self-destructive at times.
Even though the Gunners have had a tough time of it on their travels this season, they travel across London on December 13th to take on a Hammers team still finding their feet under David Moyes. The most telling statistic involving the teams in our West Ham vs Arsenal bets is their numbers in the head-to-head record in this fixture.
Arsenal have only lost once to the Irons since 2007, that’s a long run of nineteen games with just one defeat. Wenger’s side managed to win fifteen of those nineteen matches, showing the enormous gap in quality between the clubs down through the years.
The Hammers have only won two Premiership matches so far this term and their last victory in the EPL came all the way back in September against the only team currently below them in the table, Swansea City. The Gunners are superior to their city rivals in every way and barring a miracle, they should collect the points easily here. Bet-at-home have some tremendous Premier League football odds to match our opening free pick today. Their prices represent the best value when compared to other bookmakers.
Even though the record books show that the fixture examined in today’s West Ham vs Arsenal predictions is extremely one-sided in terms of final results, we can also see that it’s a contest that throws up a healthy number of goals. In seven of the last ten meetings between these teams, each side has found a way to get on the scoresheet.
The Hammers are of course one of the worst teams from a defensive standpoint in the Premier League, having conceded more goals than any other club in the division with thirty-two. The Gunners are no stranger to conceding goals themselves, keeping just two clean sheets from seven attempts on the road since the summer.
In attacking areas, Wenger’s players excel, however. They have failed to score just three times in fourteen Premier League games in 2017/18. For their part and despite their struggles, Moyes’ men have only failed to find the net in three of their last twelve fixtures.
It’s never good to back either defence featured in today’s preview to keep a clean sheet, so expecting goals at either end at the London Stadium is a smart move. There are some incredible odds of immense value for the second of our free English football tips at 10Bet, whose prices are unparalleled anywhere.