West Ham vs Arsenal betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

West Ham vs Arsenal prediction: West Ham 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal seem to have turned a corner following their 5-1 hammering at Anfield a fortnight ago.

Having fielded a second-string side in the FA Cup, the Gunners will be the fresher of the two teams on Saturday.

Crucially, Arsenal’s defensive crisis looks to be over following the return of a number of key defenders.

West Ham vs Arsenal: Who will win?

Arsenal are favourites with even odds while West Ham are 12/5 to win on Saturday. The draw is priced at 11/4.

Matches between these two usually feature plenty of goals. Barring a 0-0 draw in December 2017, there have been 18 goals in four previous meetings. Over 2.5 goals looks good value at 8/15.

Although often deployed out wide, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with 14 goals. Aubameyang also has the best minutes-to-goals ratio in the league (118). Back Aubameyang to open the scoring at 3/1 or to score anytime at 8/11.

West Ham vs Arsenal Premier League match preview

Arsenal face London rivals West Ham in Saturday’s Premier League clash at the London Stadium.

Arsenal remain fifth in the table following their 4-1 win over struggling Fulham on New Year’s Day. A recent dip in form has seen the Gunners’ lead over Manchester United shrink to just three points, while they remain three behind the top four.

A heavily-rotated Arsenal side ran out 3-0 winners at League One outfit Blackpool in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Saturday. 19-year-old Joe Willock scored a brace before Alex Iwobi rounded off the scoring to send the competition’s most successful side into the fourth round, where they will meet Man United.

Marko Arnautovic scored a two-minute brace in West Ham’s frenzies 2-2 draw with Brighton in their last Premier League outing which saw the Hammers drop to 10th position.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were 2-0 winners in their FA Cup tie against Birmingham on Saturday and will face AFC Wimbledon in the next round.

West Ham actually head into the Saturday’s match in better form than Arsenal, having won six of their last nine in all competitions. The Hammers have, however, failed to win any of their last six home matches against the Gunners.

Arsenal have failed to win any of their last four away matches in the Premier League but a win on Saturday would make it three on the spin in all competitions.

Arsenal and West Ham have met 45 times in the Premier League with Arsenal winning 29 of those clashes to West Ham’s 7.

West Ham were the opposition when Unai Emery bagged his first win as Arsenal manager last August. Marko Arnautovic had given the Hammers the lead before Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck helped Arsenal come back to win 3-1.

Marko Arnautovic

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 05: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United argues with Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United after being substitute during the FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Birmingham City at The London Stadium on January 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

West Ham team news vs Arsenal

Defender Fabian Balbuena has been ruled out for up to two months after undergoing surgery on his left knee.

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has a back problem and won’t recover in time for Saturday’s game.

There are no fresh injuries from last weekend’s FA Cup tie; meaning Marko Arnautovic’s withdrawal was merely a precaution.

Arnautovic’s reported desire to move to China and West Ham’s insistence on the Austrian staying could well see this game framed around the former Stoke striker. This seems almost definite from a Hammers perspective.

January acquisition Samir Nasri played 60 minutes in the cup and is in contention to face his former side. Pellegrini expects the winger to be “at least in the squad” on Saturday.

Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will start in goal.

Lucas Perez is another who could face his old club, while Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio provide alternate options up front.

There won’t be a reunion for former Gunner Jack Wilshere who has suffered a reoccurrence of a longstanding ankle problem.

Winston Reid and Ryan Fredericks could are ruled out and will be targeting returns before the end of the month.

Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Manuel Lanzini are all long-term injury absentees.

Arsenal team news vs West Ham

While things may not be going according to plan in on the transfer front, the Gunners have received a major boost injury-wise, with six players returning to full training this week, including five defenders.

Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Dinos Mavropanos, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil all come back into contention for Unai Emery.

The likes of Bernd Leno, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira will all come back into the side after being rested last weekend.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ruled out until February with an ankle injury.

Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding remain sidelined for the remainder of the season.

West Ham predicted line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted West Ham XI vs Arsenal

Predicted West Ham XI vs Arsenal

Arsenal predicted line-up vs West Ham

Predicted Arsenal XI vs West Ham

Predicted Arsenal XI vs West Ham

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Back Arsenal at huge odds to beat West Ham: 33/1!!!!