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West Ham host Arsenal to kick-start the Premier League weekend kicking off at 12:30pm local time at the London Stadium. West Ham and Arsenal both had a rather disappointing Christmas, as both dropped points in matches that they should have been winning. Who will get back on the right trail claim the points in this London derby?

Home Team: West Ham

West Ham’s best form was shown in heading into December where they had won four matches on the bounce. However, from their four winnable matches over Christmas, they only picked up 4 points from a possible 12. Following their slight dip in league form, West Ham have ensured that they are in the hat for the FA Cup 4th round, by comfortably beating Birmingham 2-0. In that match, one of West Ham’s most threatening players, Marko Arnautovic, was brought off in that game as he was clearly frustrated with his manager Manuel Pellegrini.

He is likely to start again, as his type of quality will be needed to cause havoc for Arsenal’s defence, but West Ham will hope that he does less stropping, and more scoring. Another key player for West Ham is Felipe Anderson who was shortlisted for player of the month in December. Can West Ham win their first home match since beating Crystal Palace one month ago?

Away Team: Arsenal

After going on a 22 match unbeaten run, it appeared that Unai Emery settled into his role rather too well, following the constant disappoint Arsene Wenger had delivered time and time again over the last couple of seasons. However, within the last month Arsenal have some results that have brought them back down to earth. Losing to Tottenham in the League Cup, followed by poor defeats to Southampton, a 5-1 thrashing against Liverpool and also dropped points on Boxing Day to Brighton, it shows that this Arsenal team are far from their full potential.

Chelsea are three points ahead, and Tottenham are 7, and with Manchester United breathing down their necks, every Arsenal fan has the right to be concerned. On top of all that, they appear to have an injury crisis in defence, where most of their problems lie. It doesn’t seem as they are going to bring in anyone in January, so Unai Emery will have to soldier on with what he has at his disposal.

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Head to Head

On the opening day of the 2015/2016 season, West Ham stunned Arsenal by beating them 2-0 at the Emirates. However, that would prove to be the last time that West Ham tasted victory against the Gunners. The sides have played 7 times since then, with Arsenal winning on 5 occasions, and there being two draws. At the London Stadium, Arsenal remain undefeated on their two visits, with one 5-1 win, and last season’s 0-0 draw. West Ham haven’t beaten Arsenal at home since November 2006.

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Prediction and Betting Tips

bet now betting on footballWest Ham are at 12/5 to get the victory with Arsenal favourites at 1/1. A draw is priced at 14/5. West Ham haven’t won at home to Arsenal for over 12 seasons, but I believe this may be their greatest chance. I don’t think they will win, but it will be a close match, and I am going for a 2-2 draw, which is priced at 11/1. Both sides have their defence as their weakest point, so expect there to be goals in this one. I would back there to be at least 3.5 goals at a generous 5/4.

For the tipsters, you can combine my predictions of there being a draw and at least 3.5 goals at 8/1. Finally, for the goal scorers, Andy Carrol has a history scoring against Arsenal and he is 3/1 to score at any time, and for the Gunners, you cannot help but back Premier League top goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at 5/6 to score at any time.

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