In Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off, Arsenal travels to the London Stadium to face West Ham, as the Gunners look to move into the top four of the table.
The home side has enjoyed a topsy-turvy first season under veteran boss Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers are currently tenth in the table in the group of teams all battling to be the best of the rest below the top six.
The Irons have not been in great form of late, as they have won just once in their last four outings, suffering two defeats in the process. Last time out in the Premier League, Brighton held the Hammers to a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium.
The home side’s recent form on home soil in the top-flight has been patchy, as they have won just twice in five home league games. Pellegrini’s side has struggled defensively on home soil in the league, conceding two or more goals in five of their last six games.
Like the Hammers, Arsenal have been inconsistent in the top-flight of late. In fact, the Gunners have recorded two wins and a draw while suffering two defeats in their last five league matches. Last time out in the top-flight, Unai Emery’s side recorded a 4-1 home win against Fulham
Interesting both teams have scored in 14 of the visitors last 15 matches on their travels in the top-flight. The Gunners have been poor defensive in the Premier League, only keeping a clean sheet once in 14 outings.
The Gunners are currently on a four-game winless run on their travels in the Premier League, having picked up just two points from a possible 12 away from home. Both teams have scored in Arsenal’s last ten games on their travels in the top-flight.
A big factor in those recent high scoring games is that the Gunners have conceded at least twice in four of their last six away matches in the top-flight.
West Ham have a mammoth injury list heading into this clash, as Carlos Sanchez, Winston Reid, Ryan Fredericks, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and Fabian Balbuena look set to miss out through injury.
Arsenal will be without Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin and Konstantinos Mavropanos have all returned to training after injury, so could feature.
Arsenal heads into this game as favourites for victory at odds of 21/20, West Ham are odds of 13/5 to record a win and the draw is odds of 14/5.
The Gunners have a good recent record against the Hammers. The team from north London will be hopeful of recording another victory this weekend.
Will Arsenal record a victory over West Ham on Saturday?