West Ham still didn’t secure the Premier League status for the next season and they have to collect few more points in order to do so, so it’s needless to say that they are far more motivated to get three points here than Arsenal. The Gunners gave up on the domestic championship and are fully focused on winning the Europa League that would guarantee them participation in the next year’s Champions League, so this tilt could be the Hammers’ big opportunity to win. The game will take place at the Emirates on Sunday, April 22nd.
Arsenal vs. West Ham United
Three-Way: 1: Arsenal -182; X: +359 Draw; 2: West Ham +500 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -1: Arsenal -116; West Ham +106
Total 3 goals: Over -123; Under +104
The Gunners were in a fine form of seven matches without a defeat, but they fell short at Newcastle who beat them, 2-1 last week, despite having an early 1-0 lead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette who scored on an excellent assist from Pierre-EmerickAubameyang. However, the hosts responded through Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie, and it was evident that the Magpies wanted this win way more than Arsenal, even though the Gunners had 72% of ball possession. Arsene Wenger’s side is currently in the 6th place in the Premier League with 54 points, nine behind the city rivals Chelsea and two ahead of Burnley, but it looks that they don’t care whether they’ll finish the season in the 6th or 7th position.
Arsenal played 53 games so far in the 2017/18, recording 29 victories, nine draws, and 15 losses, with a goal difference of 103:62, which is 3.11 goals per contest on average. The Gunners are in an excellent form at the Emirates lately as they have five consecutive wins, scoring amazing 16 goals in the process and allowing four in return.
Alexandre Lacazette is the team’s top scorer with 13 goals in 34 appearances, while Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey are following him on a goal-scoring chart with ten goals apiece. MMesut Ozilis the best assist-maker with 14 dishes; Ramsey added ten assists to his name, while Alex Iwobi contributed with seven. Arsene Wenger cannot count on Santi Cazorla (plantar fascia) and Henrik Mkhitaryan (knee), while Granit Xhaka is listed as doubtful as he is still recovering from the flu.
WEST HAM UNITED
The Hammers bounced back from a three-game losing streak with a win over Southampton and a couple of draws with Chelsea and Stoke City, but they still have to stay focused and get as many points they can to secure the elite status. West Ham The last tilt with the Potters was quite interesting and could produce more goals, but it ended 1-1. The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the 79th minute through Peter Crouch, but the golden substitute Andy Carroll prevented Stoke from getting three points with the equalizer in the 90th minute and put Paul Lambert’s team in a tough position. David Moyes’ side is in the 14th place with 35 points, six more than Southampton who is in the relegation zone and seven ahead of Stoke.
West Ham United played 40 games in this campaign, recording 12 victories, 12 draws, and 16 losses, with a goal difference of 50:64, which is 2.85 goals per contest on average. The Hammers are not playing well on the road recently as they have just one win in the last ten away matches, and lost four out of the previous five outings, scoring four goals in the process and conceding 14 in return.
Marko Arnautovic is the team’s leading scorer with nine goals in 30 appearances, while Chicharito is right behind him with eight goals. Manuel Lanzini is the most creative individual at the London Stadium with eight assists to his name; Aaron Creswell has seven, while Arnautovic chipped in with six dishes so far. David Moyes will be without Michail Antonio (thigh), Pedro Obiang (knee), Winston Reid (knee), and Sam Byram (ankle), while James Collins is listed as doubtful with a thigh injury.
Arsenal vs. West Ham United – Betting Trends and Match Prediction
- Arsenal scored at least three goals in each of the last five matches at home
- Arsenal allowed three goals in the previous two games at the Emirates
- West Ham scored in each of the previous four away games
- West Ham conceded 14 goals in the last five road matches
Arsenal won three out of the previous five H2H encounters and suffered only one defeat to West Ham in this decade; it was a 2-0 home loss back in August 2015. The Gunners won eight out of the last ten meetings at the Emirates, but I don’t believe they will give their 100% on this one as Wenger could opt to field a few youngsters as it was the case in Newcastle. That’s why I am backing the visitors to go strong and secure a point or at least suffer a narrow defeat.
MY PICK: AH +1 West Ham United (+106)