Arsenal vs West Ham Soccer Predictions and Betting : The 2020 season of the Premier League was lit up with Arsenal taking on Fulham in the opener. The FA Cup holders were off the blocks quickly with a goal in the 8th minute and extended their advantage in the second half with two more goals. They looked rejuvenated and dominated the possession against an abysmal Fulham that pushed them to the top of the table.
They will be facing West Ham in the coming weekend at the Emirates stadium. West Ham under David Moyes didn’t have the best of the starts for the season as they lost against a charged-up Newcastle in a home affair after conceding twice in the second half.
While Arsenal are riding high on confidence after winning the FA Cup, West Ham would be looking to fare better that will enable them to climb up the table. They are also hoping that their new manager David Moyes who was once in charge of Man United can bring drastic changes in the squad to better their performance in the coming games so that they would avoid getting relegated into the championship.
Arsenal vs West Ham Soccer Predictions and Betting Summary
Arsenal vs West Ham Premier League Predictions and Betting Analysis: Team News and Buzz
Arsenal Boss Arteta comments on Jack Wilshire that the West Ham are wasting the mid-fielder's talent by not starting him. But with David Moyes in as the manager, there might be some decisions in that direction.
David Moyes was all praises for Arsenal Boss Arteta as he feels that the defense of the Community Shield holders have changed drastically that has helped Arsenal win several tough clashes.
It seems that this Arsenal vs West Ham clash on Saturday will see a new referee officiating. Gunners will get a rare referee in Michael Oliver who has seldom taken charge of Arsenal clashes in the recent past.
Arsenal vs West Ham Premier League Predictions and Betting Analysis: Recent Form
Even though Arsenal had a poor run in last year’s Premier League after finishing 8th, they more than made that up by lifting the FA Cup and the Community Shield at the end of the season. West Ham on the other hand, have been able to force a couple of draws in the recent outings but haven’t won enough.
Barring the lone defeat against Aston Villa in July, Arsenal have overcome challenges even against top teams like Man City and Liverpool. Their most important victory of the season came against Chelsea in the FA Cup final after two goals from Aubameyang. They are the one of those teams to have won two matches against their arch rivals Liverpool.
On the contrary, West Ham have their share of ups and downs in the recent past. In the last five games, including the one against New Castle, they have won three games while losing the last two games. It is important for West Ham to remain competitive in this tough match-up at the Emirates stadium.
As expected, the gunners have dominated whenever they have faced West Ham until now. The teams have been involved in 38 matches against each other with Arsenal emerging victorious on 25 occasions whereas West Ham have managed just 6 wins with 7 draws.
Looking at their head-to-head in the last five matches, Arsenal have won four games with comfortable margins with West Ham pulling off a surprise on one occasion in January 2019. In the 2019 season of the Premier League, West Ham lost 3-1 at home while Arsenal got through with a 1-0 score line at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal vs West Ham Premier League Predictions and Betting Analysis: Offensive and Defensive stats
Arsenal are expected to continue with an attacking 3-4-3 combination in their home, Emirates stadium whereas the visitors are expected to try a 4-2-3-1 combination for this clash. There is no doubt that the Gunners will hold maximum possession but the West Ham will have to intelligently convert the chances to have some sort of an edge in this battle.
The Arsenal forward consisting of Aubameyang, Lacazette and Willian is one of the best in the world. Aubameyang has been one of the key factors for Arsenal’s success in the recent years. He was the highest scorer for the team last season and has netted on 7 occasions in the last 8 games. He also enjoys 3 shots per game and has more than 70% pass success.
Willan is another underrated player who is extra-ordinary in creating chances out of thin air and assisted on two occasions in the first game against Fulham. He has 96.2% pass success along with an average of 3 key passes per game.
Looking at West Ham’s attack, it seems that Antonio has a huge task in hand as a striker. He hasn’t scored in the last two games and has a below par 66.7% success in passes. Despite having an average of 4 shots per game, he hasn’t been able to convert them.
Antonio will have to be backed up by the likes of Noble and Fornals who haven’t yet found their form for the team. Fornals has been a little better off late with three goals and an assist in eight matches. Overall, West Ham’s is not half as good as the hosts.
The Arsenal’s defense is young and has quality in the backline. The Brazilian player Gabriel was super impressive in his debut match for Arsenal with everyone hoping that he would solve the defense issue of the team.
On the other hand, right back Rob Holding has done a decent job with more than 90% pass success and two tackles per game along with three clears and two interceptions. He will be supported by another young talent Tierney at the other end.
It is a matter of huge concern for Westh Ham's defense under Moyes after conceding two times in the previous game. The backline of Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell and Fredricks will have to throw in a formidable challenge against Arsenal. Center back Diop has 87% pass success along with three clears per match which might turn out to be significant in the coming match.
Ogbonna’s strength lies in blocking along with winning the aerial duels. He has 85.7% pass success in three outings and has an impressive five clears along with three blocks per match. This match will be a test of West Ham’s defense against an impeccable attack of the Arsenal.