West Ham Host Arsenal for the Famous East vs North London Derby
Last updated: December 1, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The London Stadium|
|Coverage:||BT Sport 1|
|Last season:||Arsenal 0 – 2 West Ham|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
With both teams recently having exited from the EFL cup and struggling with injuries, this weekend’s show-down at the London Stadium is set to be a fascinating encounter. West Ham’s torrid form has continued of late. The hosts have managed just two victories in their last ten attempts in all competitions and remain just a single point outside the relegation zone. With the midway point of the season on the horizon and an all-important away clash against Liverpool next weekend, Slaven Bilic will be desperate to give West Ham fans something to cheer about.
The Hammers have showed signs of improvement of late. A dramatic Harry Kane double in the 89th and 91st minute denied them what would have been a fantastic away victory at White Hart Lane some two weeks ago, and they done extremely well to avoid defeat at Old Trafford in last weekend’s clash against United – with many thanks due to Darren Randolph for his assertive performance in front of goal. West Ham will have to show more of the tenacity we’ve seen from them in recent weeks and show that they’re not afraid to press teams and apply pressure when they don’t have the ball. They must build on their last two performances and focus on disrupting Arsenal’s fluid attack.
Although the visitors haven’t been quite been firing like they were in the early part of the season they won’t be under the same kind of pressure as the hosts come Saturday afternoon. It is true that they are only two from five in their last outings in the Premier League and five from ten in all competitions, however Wenger will surely be drumming into his team that they need only trust in their systems and the results will follow. With top of the table rivals Man City and Chelsea kicking off earlier in the afternoon The Gunners have the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the league and possibly draw level with current leaders Chelsea.
West Ham’s injury woes continue to give Slaven Bilic plenty to ponder. Key men Aaron Cresswell and Michael Antonio were forced to leave the field during their mid-week EFL Cup clash against Manchester Utd on Wednesday evening; it’s not yet clear whether they will feature in this weekend’s London Derby.
There’s a slight chance that Andy Carroll will be fit enough to be considered for selection ahead of this weekend. The ex-England international forward has returned to full training, however a lack of match fitness may mean that he remains sidelined.
Mathieu Debuchy will most likely not feature in this weekend’s East vs North London Derby. He’s still struggling from a hamstring strain that will may keep him sidelined for the next couple of weeks.
Both Elneny and Giroud look as though they’ll be fit and ready to take part in Saturday evening’s showdown. There were slight doubts about their fitness earlier this week but reports from the Arsenal camp suggest that they’ll be available for selection.
|West Ham (3-4-2-1):||Randolph, Kouyaté, Reid, Ogbonna, Feghouli, Obiang, Noble, Masuaku, Lanzini, Payet, Ayew,|
|Subs:||Adrian, Nordtveit, Collins, Zaza, Adrian, Fernandes, Fletcher|
|Injured:||Byram, Oxford, Sakho, Cullen, Töre,|
|Doubtful:||Cresswell, Antonio, Carroll|
|Arsenal (4-2-3-1):||Cech, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Ramsey, Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez|
|Subs:||Gibbs, Gabriel, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ospina, Iwobi,Jenkinson|
|Injured:||Bellerín, Mertesacker, Cazorla, Welbeck, Akpom|
So far this season
|Arsenal this season||West Ham this season|
|2 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||4 (4)|
|1-0 vs. Sunderland||Biggest win||4-1 vs. Hull|
|2 (1)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (2)|
|3-0 vs. Southampton||Biggest Defeat||3-4 vs. Liverpool||Michail Antonio (6)||Top scorer||Alexis Sánchez (8)|
|Dimitri Payet (5)||Assist Leader||Alex Iwobi (3)|
|Y33, R2||Discipline||Y21, R1|
|2||Failures to score||2|
|8||Both Teams to Score Games||9|
|6||Over 2.5 Games||8|
|7||Under 2.5 Games||5|
- All of West Ham’s victories this season have been by just a single goal. 57% of all their goals have been scored away whilst 38% of all the goals they’ve conceded have been at home.
- Arsenal are one of four teams who have lost just once at this point of the season. Their only loss came in the opening weeekend where they lost 4-3 at home to Liverpool in what was a thrilling encounter.
- Despite their poor form Michael Antonio is currently the 8th highest goal scorer in the league. The Hammers will the likes of Payet and Ayew to step up and share the goal scoring responsibilites.
- The Gunners’ top scorer Alexis Sanchez has the 3rd best goal count in the league. He’s just two goals behind Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Man City’s Sergio Agüero.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|09/04/2016||Premier League||West Ham 3 – 3 Arsenal||Ozil, Mesut 18′|
|09/08/2015||Premier League||Arsenal 0 – 2 West Ham||C.Kouyate 43′|
|14/03/2015||Premier League||Arsenal 3 – 0 West Ham||O.Giroud 45′|
|28/12/2014||Premier League||West Ham 1 – 2 Arsenal||S.Cazorla (pen) 41′|
|15/01/2014||Premier League||Arsenal 3 – 1 West Ham||M.Jarvis 40′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
With all the pressure steadily building on Slaven Bilic and his side as we approach the midway point of the season the need for positive results is huge. For The Hammers to win this weekend they’ll need to capitalise on their improvement in the last few weeks and produce their best performance of the season. It is a long shot however, and the bookmakers seem to agree as they’ve got Arsenal tipped as clear favourites. We think a safe bet this weekend will be a BTTS with an Arsenal to win, or perhaps an over 2.5 goal margin with the same result. Head over to BetVictor now for some outstanding value.