West Ham vs Arsenal
English Premier League
Date: Monday, 9 December 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Olympic Stadium (London).
With wins hard to come by, both Arsenal and West Ham will be desperate to put three points on the board when they lock horns at the Olympic Stadium on Monday.
The Hammers are 16th in the Premier League table, a point above relegation waters.
Meantime, the Gunners are sitting at 10th, 4 points below top six, also the same number of points above danger zone.
West Ham vs Arsenal Head-to-head stats (h2h)
With a narrow 1-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season, West Ham ended a 7-match win-less run over Arsenal – drew 1 and lost 5 of previous 6.
That was also their first home win against the Gunners in all competitions since 2006.
Twelve of their last 16 h2h matches across all venues and competitions saw Over 2.5 goals. BTTS was found on 9 occasions.
Arsenal failed to score in their last 2 visits to the West Ham’s ground, having netted in previous 10 consecutive games.
West Ham vs Arsenal Match Preview
Manuel Pellegrini is a man under pressure after seeing his team’s 0-2 defeat at Wolverhampton. This left West Ham with 1 win in their last 9 league games after a strong start of the campaign.
The team did look like top six contenders back in September when they defeated Manchester United 2-0 at home. No home wins came since then (1D, 3L) and lost 6 of the 9 across all venues.
It must not go without saying that they were extremely lucky to have trumped Chelsea 1-0 at the Stamford Bridge, aided by poor finishing from the Blues who 6 clear cut chances to kill the game in the first half.
West Ham is capable of scoring goals at their own turf, however they leave too many gaps at the back and defending set-pieces is a major worry, the visiting Gunners will be keen to make most of this this Monday.
Freddie Ljungberg is without a win after two matches in hot seat of the Gunners. The legendary Swede started his tenure with an uninspiring 2-2 away draw at relegation candidates Norwich saw his team succumbed at home 1-2 to one of the worst away side in the league Brighton last weekend.
The latest results have now put Arsenal on a 9-match win-less run across all competitions and 7 in the Premier League. Their last Premier League win was against Bournemouth at the Emirates stadium back in October.
To add to this, Arsenal are poor on the road this season. Since opening the campaign with a 1-0 win at Newcastle, they went on to draw and loss 3 each. Evidently, defending is an area Ljungberg needs to fix quickly since his team is without a clean sheet in last 6 away games.
To summarize, the West Ham versus Arsenal fixture on Monday is a match between two teams extremely vulnerable at the back and offer ample firepower going forward.
West Ham vs Arsenal Prediction
Despite both teams uninspiring and inconsistent over the course of the season, this is not a hard one for punters to predict. We have some good stats to aid betting tips and the outstanding ones are from goal market.
West Ham scored in every home game since the 0-5 defeat to Manchester City on matchday 1. However, they conceded a massive 9 goals in the last 4, which means they are insecure at the back while going forward.
Meantime, Arsenal do tend to break down well-organized home sides and West Ham is not one of them, which literally qualify btts as the go-to bet for this game. To go with this, the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are on top scoring form, who is a strong candidate to find the net on Monday’s game.
However, the Gunner’s inability to finish games strongly and the number of chances they give out in the final period of the game help Over 1.5 goals in the second half trump the btts ft. This goes well with West Ham’s 12 of 17 Premier League goals this season coming after the 45th minute mark.
West Ham vs Arsenal Betting Tips
Best Bet: Over 1.5 goals in the second half @ 1.70 (7/10) odd
Any-time goal-scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal at 1.60 (3/5)
West Ham Total Number of Cards: Over 2.5 @ 2.20 (11/10) odd.