Arsenal v West Ham Odds And Tips

Arsenal v West Ham Odds And Tips

by 4th August 2015

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Title hopefuls Arsenal kick-off their Premier League campaign by hosting West Ham at the Emirates Stadium in one of Sunday’s early kick-offs.
Arsenal will be considered as one of the favourites for the Premier League title this season. The Gunners finished third in the Premier League table last season, and Arsene Wenger’s side will have been boosted by their recent Community Shield win over champions Chelsea.
Gunners boss Wenger has gone for quality rather than quantity this summer in the transfer market. His single first team signing was that of Czech ‘keeper Petr Cech from Chelsea. The veteran star could be a key signing for the north London side.
Arsenal have enjoyed a very promising pre-season campaign, with victories over a Singapore select Xl, Everton, Lyon and Wolfsburg, before that Community Shield victory over Chelsea.
West Ham finished 12th place in the Premier League last season, after a good start to the campaign evaporated and the Hammers dropped out of the top-half of the table. Boss Sam Allardyce has left the club and been replaced by former-Hammers centre-back Slaven Bilic at the helm.
The Hammers have made a number of new signings this summer, with Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang, Carl Jenkinson, Manuel Lanzini and Stephen Hendrie all arriving at the Boleyn Ground this summer.
The Hammers pre-season has been complicated by their participation in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League, which they qualified for via the Fair Play League.
The Hammers have played seven games in pre-season, with mixed results. The Hammers have claimed wins over Lusitanos twice, Birkirkara and Norwich. However, they have also been beaten by Birkirkara and Werder Bremen.
A 2-2 home draw against Romanian side FC Astra in the third qualifying round has put their chances of making the Europa League group stages in doubt.

Match Odds

Arsenal 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – West Ham 9/1
Odds shown are from William Hill and are subject to change

Facts And Figures

Arsenal have the upper hand in this fixture, having won 25 of the 38 Premier League games between the two teams, with the Hammers collecting just six wins and seven games ending in draws.
In 19 Premier League meetings at Arsenal, the Gunners have won 14 games, West Ham have won four times and one game has ended in a draw.
The Gunners have won the last ten games against the Hammers in all competitions.
The side from North London have also lost just two of their last 37 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium.
The visitors have not won on their travels in 12 top-flight games and the Irons have also failed to find the net in their last four Premier League away games.

Team News

Arsenal will be without star forward Alexis Sanchez, who was given extended leave following his participation in the Copa America. The Gunners also have fitness worries over Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck. New signing Petr Cech will make his Premier League debut for the Gunners.
The Irons are without a number of first team players heading into this clash. Forwards Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia are injured, while Carl Jenkinson is eligible to play against his parent club. Pedro Obiang, Andy O’Brien and Winston Reid are also doubts.

Possible Arsenal line-up: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott

Possible West Ham line-up: Adrian, O’Brien, Ogbonna, Tomkins, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Amalfitano, Payet, Jarvis, Sakho

Prediction

Arsenal will be heavy favourites to claim their 11th consecutive victory against the Irons in this one. Wenger’s men will head into this game in confident mood and for me will claim an opening day win against their London rivals.

Our Big Match Tip

Arsenal to keep a clean sheet with William Hills, odds are currently 3/4.