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Can West Ham follow their victory against Chelsea with a win?

Last updated: December 11, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Wednesday, 20:00
Venue: The London Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Team Form: LDLLW
Away Team Form: WWWLD
Last Meeting: Arsenal 3 – 0 West Ham
Competition: Premier League

This week, East meets North London, after West Ham successfully did away with West London’s Chelsea at the weekend, while Arsenal earned a late point against Southampton.

Things didn’t go immediately right for Moyes at West Ham, but they are slowly heading in the right direction. After coming close to taking a point from league leaders Manchester City, West Ham finally got a win at home against Chelsea on Saturday. The Hammers were once again set up to defend and then break with speed on the counter, something that worked perfectly within ten minutes as they scored the only goal of the game. This is another tricky match, but the Hammers already look to have turned a corner. The effort and organisation has already drastically improved under Moyes, but that will have to continue here. Arsenal too attack with pace and defensively, West Ham will have to be switched on to keep the Gunners out.

As quickly as they found their way back into the top 4, Arsenal have slipped out of it. Defeat against Manchester United, followed by a draw with Southampton, mean the Gunners are now one point behind fourth place Liverpool. The weekend’s game was not without its casualties either. Aaron Ramsey, who has been inspirational this season, will be out for around three weeks with a hamstring injury. Arsene Wenger will be pretty sure of his opponent’s setup and the task on hand is to work out how to break the Hammers down, where Chelsea failed and Manchester City only just succeeded. West Ham will likely sit deep, so the Gunners job will likely be to be to find a way to break what will likely be a packed West Ham defence.


Team News

After two great performances, Adrián should once again be assured of a start in goal in place of Joe Hart.

Both Chicharito and Andy Carroll are back from injury and available for selection for Moyes.

Aaron Ramsey suffered a hamstring injury in the last match and is likely to be out for around three weeks.

Shkodran Mustafi is out with a knock, but the German may be passed fit in time to feature here.


Expected Line-Ups:

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West Ham (4-3-3): Adrián, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Obiang, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku, Antonio
Subs: Martinez, Sakho, Quina, A Ayew, Fernandes, Quina, Rice
Injured: Fonte, Byram, Kouyaté
Doubtful: Collins
Not available:
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Arsenal (4-3-3): Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Iwobi, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Özil, Sánchez, Lacazette
Subs: Wilshere, Giroud, Ospina, Welbeck, Elneny Maitland-Niles, Coquelin
Injured: Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott, Mustafi
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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West Ham So Far This Season Arsenal So Far This Season
18th League Position 5th
3 (0) Wins (away) 7 (2)
2 – 0 vs. Huddersfield Biggest Win 5 – 0 vs. Huddersfield
1 (3) Draws (away) 0 (2)
0 – 4 vs Everton Biggest Defeat 0 – 4 vs Liverpool
Chicharito (4) Top Goal Scorer Lacazette (8)
Y38, R2 Discipline Y24, R0
6 Failures to Score 3
4 Clean Sheets 7
44% Both Teams to Score Games 44%
56% Over 2.5 Goals 56%
44% Under 2.5 Goals 44%
  • West Ham continue to rack up yellow cards and have the worst discipline record in the league up to this point.
  • Arsenal haven’t been able to add to their seven clean sheets in the last two games, while West Ham have only failed to score six times this season.
  • West Ham recorded their first win since the 30th September at the weekend. After that match they were just seconds from winning a second, before a late equaliser. Can they manage two in a row here?
  • Both these two teams have the same stats when it comes to both teams to score and over 2.5 goals. Based on this and past results, we expect some goals here.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
05/04/2017 Arsenal 3 – 0 West Ham Premier League Özil 58′
03/12/2016 West Ham 1 – 5 Arsenal Premier League Özil 24′
15/09/2016 Chelsea 2 – 1 West Ham Premier League Özil 18′
09/07/2015 Arsenal 0 – 2 West Ham Premier League West Ham 43′
14/03/2015 Arsenal 3 – 0 West Ham Premier League Giroud 45′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

West Ham would love to follow up victory against Chelsea with a win here but they must be cautious. Firstly, they’ll need to keep Arsenal at bay before they think about scoring at the other end. A similar setup to the last few games is the most probable lineup for West Ham then as they will look to grind out a result.

Historically, the matches between these two have been high scoring, but due to the current circumstances, we think this will be a tighter affair. While we’re not confident West Ham will keep Arsenal out, we do think that there won’t be too many goals. For that reason, we’re going with under 3.5 goals, which you can get at a great price at Betway.