Arsenal vs West Ham
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 7 March 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
After crashing out from the Europa, the Gunners seem extremely determined to qualify for the Champions League this season. Playing hosts to the relegation-threatened Hammers, Arsenal will aim for nothing but a statement-making win at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal vs West Ham Match Preview
The Gunners won 3-2 at home the last match-day, against Everton. The comeback victory, that too against a formidable foe like that of Everton, shows how important a CL berth is for the team.
Especially after the way the squad bottled their Europa campaign, that too at home, the players are in need of a huge win to get confidence back.
More than the players, the fans need it. They have loyally stuck with the team through thick and thin, and after a difficult campaign so far, they need the hope of a ticket to the Champions League.
Moreover, qualification to Europe’s premier competition could term the season as a successful one for the Gunners.
In the meantime, the Hammers won 3-1 at home, against Southampton. The opponents were no pushovers, and still the former managed a dominating win. The fact that the team was right in the middle of the relegation dogfight motivated them to go after the three points.
Arsenal vs West Ham Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture had ended in a 1-3 win for Mikel Arteta’s men, on the road.
- The Gunners won four of the past five match-ups.
- 19 of the previous 21 wins had gone to the same team as well.
- At this venue, the hosts won nine of the past ten meetings.
Arsenal vs West Ham Prediction
The Gunners have a game in hand, and they are currently just five points off a spot that allows entry into the Champions League. On top of that, Manchester United, whe are currently in possession of the said spot, are pitted against Manchester City this game week.
Suffice it to say, a win this Saturday could take Arteta’s men a long way. They are on a seven-match unbeaten run in the league already, and this stretch included some heavy-hitters like the Red Devils, Chelsea, Sheffield United, Everton etc.
Moreover, they have scored a total of seven goals from the prior two PL fixtures, had won four of the previous five games in all competition, and stood unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 overall match-ups. In addition, they had also won the reverse fixture 1-3, had won four of the past five such encounters, and had recorded 19 of the preceding 21 such wins.
Going on, Arteta’s men have lost just twice against this opponent since 2007, just thrice at home since 1998, and most importantly, had won nine of the preceding ten h2h clashes at this venue.
On the other hand, the Hammers are hanging above the relegation line, were winless in eight of their last nine overall matches (of which six were losses), and are on a four-game losing run on the road. Finally, they had lost eight of the prior ten PL fixtures away from home, and had a total of three road wins this whole league campaign so far.
Taking these findings into consideration, it’s inferred that Arsenal are the overwhelming favorites this weekend.
Arsenal vs West Ham Betting Tips
To Win: Arsenal @ 1.60 (3/5)
Arsenal -0.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.50 (1/2).