The Hammers are looking to bounce back after a defeat in Old Trafford last weekend. They are still aiming for the top-four finish with Champions League spot on the table. However, such mission will not be easy this weekend as they will be taking on Arsenal, which has been in their positive trend recently in the Premier League and Europa League. West Ham is still three points away from Chelsea. So a win here would equalise their points to the Blues which are playing in FA Cup this weekend.
The teams’ updated news
West Ham had to suffer a 1-0 loss while travelling to Manchester United’s home last weekend. Playing without Jesse Lindgard, they had a difficulty in breaking the deadlock and eventually conceded through Scott McTominay’s header.
The Gunners, on the other side, picked up a 2-1 win in the North London derby last weekend. Despite being one goal behind through a world-class goal of Erik Lamela, they managed to put them back on a level term as Real Madrid loanee, Martin Odegaard scored. Their winning goal eventually came from Alexander Lacazette’s penalty.
David Moyes is still opting to 4-2-3-1, now with Jesse Lindgard available again for the starting XI. He will be featuring as the number ten to support Michael Antonio while Said Benrahma and Jarred Bowen are operating on both flanks. Unfortunately, several names are sidelined due to their injuries, including Andrey Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks, Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, Darren Randolph and Pablo Fornals.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta is also employing the same formation with Alexander Lacazette or Pierre Aubameyang are likely to get a nod for the line up supported by the youngster Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Nicolas Pepe behind them. Bukayo Saka is the only name unavailable for this fixture due to his injury.
Players to watch
Jesse Lindgard is inevitably a new vital figure of the squad. The 28-year old midfielder has netted four goals and provided one assists in six games. His contribution has been worthy, especially in providing more variation on The Hammers’ attack. Some other notable figures to watch are the Czech international Tomas Soucek registering 8 goals so far, Michael Antonio with seven goals and three assists plus Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen.
Arsenal’s youngster Emile Smith Rowe has been the key man in their revival this year. He has contributed one goal and six assists in Premier League and Europa League. Another vital figure lately is the Norwegian Martin Odegaard who has scored two goals in the last two outings.
West Ham vs Arsenal Prediction
The match should be quite a tight one as both sides are fairly equal. Yet, David Moyes’ men could take advantage of their contender’s fatigue after playing in Europa League in the midweek. It will be a massive result for Tomas Soucek and Co if they could secure a win here but it is quite unlikely considering Arsenal’s unbeaten run. A draw is the fairest result here.
According to the punters, the odds for draw result are at 45/17. Meanwhile, the home side is backed to win at 79/40, whereas Mikel Arteta’s men’s win market is at 32/21.