Kick-off: Saturday, 9 April @ 12:45 GMT
Venue: Boleyn Ground (London)
Head to head record
Arsenal vs West Ham United 0-2 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Arsenal vs West Ham United 3-0 (2014/2015 Premier League)
West Ham United vs Arsenal 1-2 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Arsenal vs West Ham United 3-1 (2013/2014 Premier League)
West Ham United vs Arsenal 1-3 (2013/2014 Premier League)
West Ham United vs Arsenal prediction
The Hammers hope to repeat the success form the reverse fixture and achieve their first home triumph over the Gunners since November 2006. Arsenal still have a slim chance for claiming the Premier League trophy, so they will go for a win as well.
The giant killers still eye a Champions League spot
A consecutive share of spoils in the Premier League against Crystal Palace and Chelsea somewhat endangered West Ham’s hopes for a Champions League spot next season, but the fact is that the Hammers are only three behind the Citizens in fourth place, and with seven rounds still to be played, there is more than enough time for them to advance in the overall standings. Much will depend on Dimitri Payet, the motor that keeps the Irons going. The France international was accurate once again in the previous round, as well as Lanzini, who netted in two matches in a row. Efficiency is far from a problem for Bilic’s charges, since Boleyn Ground outfit scored seven in three previous fixtures. The current trouble lies in the back, with six conceded in the spell. Ogbonna and Reed have been facing difficulties in securing the last line of defense of recent, so there is a high probability Adrian will pull at least one out of his net against Arsenal. The team from Upton Park failed to score in just one of their home fixtures this season, and I expect them to keep up with the good run.
West Ham’s manager, Slaven Bilic has no fresh injury concerns. James Collins is the only player in doubt due to his hamstring injury, but could be ready in time for the match.
The Gunners are back on track
Arsene Wenger’s charges seem to be out of crisis, since they managed to record back-to-back victories against Everton and Watford. Although Ian Wright criticized his former team for the lack of winning mentality, the Gunners displayed one of their most dominant performances this season against the Hornets (4-0). Youngster Alex Iwobi, who decided to play for Nigeria rather than for England, netted his second goal in as many games, hit the crossbar shortly afterwards, while Alexis Sanchez put a goal and an assist to his tally. Two of them will probably start at the flanks against West Ham as well. Gabriel and Koscielny proved to be a perfect tandem in defense, since Emirates Stadium outfit conceded just once in their last three matches. The attackers seem to be in form once again and they could give hell to Bilic’s leaky defense. The current run of results gives the fans hope their team will continue the positive run at Boleyn Ground and finally put an end to West Ham’s undefeated streak in Upton Park.
As we already know, Santi Cazorla is out for the rest of the season, possibly Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as well. Mathieu Flamini is with them in the recovery room, as well as Mikel Arteta, but the Spanish midfielder could recuperate before Saturday. Aaron Ramsey is also a doubt, due to his thigh injury.
- West Ham recorded three consecutive draws in the league
- The Hammers are undefeated since February in all competitions
- Arsenal triumphed in their last five visits to Boleyn Ground
- The Gunners kept their net intact in previous two games
- Seven of their last eight encounters saw more than 2.5 goals per game
West Ham United vs Arsenal betting tip
Both teams need a triumph in order to keep their dreams alive, and both teams concentrate more on attack than on defense. Bearing in mind that the fans witnessed a lot of goals in their last six encounters at Boleyn Ground, I expect we are up for a spectacle this time out.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.81 (13/16) @888sport
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