Kick-off: 1230, 12/01/2019
Stadium: London Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for West Ham vs Arsenal
Arsenal have failed to win any of their last four Premier League away games and may have to settle for a share of the spoils at West Ham on Saturday.
The Hammers had their resources stretched over a busy festive period, but have the quality to compete with the Gunners if now fully refreshed.
We reckon 53/20 for a draw is a value pick for our opening West Ham vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
After rattling off four straight wins at the start of December, West Ham then picked up only four points from the next quartet of top-flight fixtures.
However, a 2-0 success over Birmingham in the FA Cup and a full week to recover should have done Manuel Pellegrini’s weary troops a world of good.
The Hammers did not have things all their own way against the Blues in between early and late goals from Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll, but Samir Nasri putting in a lively debut was a plus point.
“There were a lot of positive things,” insisted Pellegrini. “One of those is the minutes that Nasri played after a long time without playing games.
“I was very happy in the way he played. He is a player that gives you time with the ball, he has such good technique that the ball is always around him.”
Nasri, 31, will now be in contention to face his former club and 3/1 for a score draw is another tempting option from the West Ham vs Arsenal odds.
Last West Ham EPL line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Anderson, Snodgrass, Obiang, Rice, Arnautovic, Carroll.
Fabian Balbuena is the latest addition to West Ham’s long-term injury list. The Paraguayan defender resumed training this week after a knee problem, but suffered a setback and has now undergone surgery.
Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko, Winston Reid, Javier Hernandez and Ryan Fredericks are all still absent.
It remains to be seen whether Arnautovic will play after his agent claimed the striker wants to move to China.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal followed up a 4-1 Premier League win over Fulham on New Year’s Day with a 3-0 victory at Blackpool in the FA Cup, where Joe Willock again looked a hot prospect when bagging a brace.
Alex Iwobi netted the other goal at Bloomfield Road and told the club website: “We knew it was going to be difficult and it’s not like the Emirates where it’s a big pitch.
“It’s all tight and compact, but we managed and we were able to focus on the game and do well.”
The Gunners should prefer the wide-open spaces of London Stadium and continue to impress going forward.
However, they have conceded 11 goals during their last four top-flight road trips, losing at Liverpool and Southampton and drawing at Manchester United and Brighton.
Eight of those goals were let in before half-time, so let’s add 12/5 for both teams to score in the first period here to our West Ham vs Arsenal betting tips.
Last Arsenal EPL line-up: Leno, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Mesut Ozil (knee), Laurent Koscielny (back), Hector Bellerin (calf), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin), Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal (both hamstring) are all fit again.
But Emery remains without the services of Rob Holding (knee), Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck (both ankle).
WEST HAM 2-0 Birmingham – Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll
Blackpool 0-3 ARSENAL – Joe Willock (2), Alex Iwobi
Head-to-head: Arsenal 3-1 West Ham, Arsenal 4-1 West Ham, Arsenal 1-0 West Ham, West Ham 0-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-0 West Ham, West Ham 1-5 Arsenal
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