Postponed on Boxing Day because of the industrial action from London Underground workers, Arsenal finally get to host West Ham United at the Emirates this evening with both sides needing a result to aid their flagging Premier League campaigns.
For Arsene Wenger’s men, failure to take maximum points from this game in hand is unthinkable as the Frenchman tries to claw back a seven-point deficit on rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth Champions League qualifying position.
Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea was the Gunners’ second league defeat on the bounce and with just one win in five, Arsenal desperately need the three points to boost their top-four bid.
West Ham’s need might not be so pressing, but with just two wins in their last 11 league matches, Sam Allardyce will want to stop the rot and get to the magical 40-point mark as quickly as possible to ensure top-flight survival at the first time of asking.
As you might expect, Arsenal start as 2/5 favourites, with the draw at 18/5 and the Hammers 25/4 outsiders, but before you bet, take a look at these interesting stats we have dug out for you…
3: Three of Arsenal’s five wins at home in the Premier League this season have been by at least three goals. Arsene Wenger’s side are quoted at 13/5 to win the match despite giving West Ham a two-goal headstart.
5: West Ham have gone five away matches in all competitions without scoring a goal. It is priced up at 23/20 with bwin that the Hammers fail to score at the Emirates.
11: In-form Theo Walcott has scored in 11 of his last 15 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners. The England international is priced up at evens to score at any time on Wednesday.
40: The amount of goals scored at the Emirates in ten Premier League games, an average of exactly four per match. You can get 4/1 on there being four goals tonight.
56: The percentage of Arsenal’s Premier League goals that have come in the second half of games. It is 27/20 with bwin that the Gunners strike more often after the break than before it against Allardyce’s side.