Kick-off: 2000, 19/09/2020
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Arsenal began the season with victory in a London derby last weekend and are firm favourites to do the same again on Saturday night.
The Gunners opened with a comfortable 3-0 win at newly-promoted Fulham and should take advantage of a favourable early fixture schedule as West Ham make the trip across the capital.
A home win by more than one goal can be backed at 13/10 and looks good value for our first Arsenal vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal fans could not have dreamed of a better opening week to the new season, with the victory at Craven Cottage followed by the announcement that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year contract.
Aubameyang’s goal sealed the win against Fulham after Alexandre Lacazette had given them an early lead which Gabriel doubled just after half-time, while Willian enjoyed an impressive debut with the assist for all three goals.
Boss Mikel Arteta said: “It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us.
“He’s a superb player with an incredible mentality. Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working.
“He’s an important leader for the team and a big part of what we’re building. He wants to be up there with the best players in the world and leave his mark. He can achieve that here.”
It is worth noting though that it is Lacazette who leads the line for Arsenal and it was the French striker who scored the only goal in this fixture last season.
Let’s go for Lacazette to be on target in a Gunners win again, which is available at 3/2 in the Arsenal vs West Ham odds.
Last Arsenal line-up: Leno, Bellerin, Tierney, Gabriel, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Lacazette, Willian, Aubameyang.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham’s 2-0 defeat at home to Newcastle on the opening weekend will have done little to boost confidence ahead of a tough run of fixtures.
The Hammers could ill afford a poor start given their next six Premier League fixtures are against Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Boss David Moyes quickly needs to rediscover the formula which saw West Ham finish last season so well, otherwise they could find themselves adrift by the end of October.
Midfielder Robert Snodgrass said: “The manager has challenged the players because of how well we finished last season, and why not? You need to demand high standards of yourself and your team-mates.
“The manager has been here for eight or nine months and he is trying to get his ideas across and getting the lads thinking like a top-half-of-the-table team and we’ve definitely got the ability, but it’s just about the belief.
“It’s about starting the season well. We’ve got some tough games coming up, but the lads finished last season well and got some great results against some great sides, so why not?”
Their record against top-half teams was poor last season though, picking up just four points on their travels.
Four of their 10 away defeats ended 2-0 so a repeat of that scoreline at 29/4 is our final Arsenal vs West Ham prediction.
Last West Ham EPL line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Noble, Fornals, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Antonio.
Fulham 0-3 ARSENAL – Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
WEST HAM 3-0 Charlton – Sebastian Haller (2), Felipe Anderson
Head-to-head: Arsenal 1-0 West Ham, West Ham 1-3 Arsenal, West Ham 1-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 3-1 West Ham, Arsenal 4-1 West Ham, Arsenal 1-0 West Ham, West Ham 0-0 Arsenal
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