West Ham v Arsenal Premier League betting preview and tips

13:30 Sat 12 Jan
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: West Ham +0.5
Units: 1/5
Odds: -115

We’ve got a London derby taking place on Saturday lunchtime, with West Ham entertaining Arsenal at the London Stadium and this match could be a good deal closer than the odds suggest.

The Gunners sit fifth in the Premier League table and have a healthy return of 41 points from 21 games played, although this ratio of points currently isn’t enough to secure a Champions League spot and it’s down to having a profligate defence.

While 46 goals have been scored by Unai Emery’s team, 31 have been conceded and 21 have been on the road, with Liverpool recently exposing a defence which hasn’t looked solid at any point in the season.

The Hammers are tenth in the Premier League table, with home stats of 4-2-5 putting us off backing Manuel Pellegrini’s side to actually win the match, although Marko Arnautovic has returned to the first team at exactly the right time.

The Austrian bagged two goals against Brighton and he will be flanked by Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass who are both enjoying excellent form, with the Arsenal defence unlikely to contain those three players although they are strong going forward themselves.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is scoring as many as you might have thought at the beginning of the season, with Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette also doing well this season and the presence of Lucas Torreira in midfield lends a steely edge to the team.

However, the bottom line is that Arsenal have won just four of their ten away matches in the Premier League and we’re not expecting them to overcome West Ham on their own patch.

The Hammers have won five of their previous eight matches and will be fired up for this particular contest, having previously held Chelsea to a goalless draw this season.

BETTING TIP
West Ham +0.5 @ 1.87 with bet365

Team News

West Ham: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Arsenal: 3-4-2-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Lukasz Fabianski
  • 03
    Aaron Cresswell
  • 21
    Angelo Obinze Ogbonna
  • 23
    Issa Diop
  • 05
    Pablo Zabaleta
  • 41
    Declan Rice
  • 16
    Mark Noble
  • 08
    Felipe Anderson
  • 18
    Samir Nasri
  • 30
    Michail Antonio
  • 07
    Marko Arnautovic
  • 19
    Bernd Leno
  • 20
    Shkodran Mustafi
  • 05
    Sokratis Papastathopoulos
  • 06
    Laurent Koscielny
  • 15
    Ainsley Maitland-Niles
  • 29
    Matteo Guendouzi
  • 34
    Granit Xhaka
  • 31
    Sead Kolasinac
  • 17
    Alex Iwobi
  • 14
    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
  • 09
    Alexandre Lacazette

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 23 19 3 1 54:13 60
2 Manchester City 23 17 3 3 59:16 54
3 Tottenham 22 16 0 6 46:23 48
4 Chelsea 23 14 5 4 40:19 47
5 Arsenal 23 13 5 5 48:32 44
6 Manchester Unit 23 13 5 5 46:33 44
7 Watford 23 9 6 8 32:32 33
8 Wolverhampton W 23 9 5 9 27:31 32
9 Everton 23 8 7 8 33:30 31
10 Leicester 23 9 4 10 29:29 31
11 West Ham 23 9 4 10 30:34 31
12 Bournemouth 23 9 3 11 33:42 30
13 Brighton 23 7 5 11 25:32 26
14 Crystal Palace 23 6 4 13 23:32 22
15 Southampton 23 5 7 11 25:40 22
16 Burnley 23 6 4 13 23:43 22
17 Newcastle Unite 23 5 6 12 19:31 21
18 Cardiff 23 5 4 14 19:44 19
19 Fulham 23 3 5 15 21:51 14
20 Huddersfield 22 2 5 15 13:38 11