Arsenal vs West Ham Betting Predictions | Back Home Win at 16/5 with Paddy PowerPublished April 04, 2017
On paper, this could be quite an interesting game to watch. West Ham have enjoyed playing at the Emirates Stadium at times, particularly in Slaven Bilic’s first game in charge last season, when the Hammers closed out a 2-0 win. But even though Arsenal are not in the best shape themselves, it is hard to see the East Londoners getting anything from this encounter.
Bilic’s men have now lost four straight matches and are without a win in six. Injuries have taken their toll this season, but they’ve struggled for form throughout, having conceded five in the corresponding fixture with the Gunners earlier in the campaign, as well as losing heavily to both Manchester clubs too. The lack of creativity has been a huge issue, with Andy Carroll, who has been in good form recently, looking isolated. Their first port of call is to play high balls into him and although he wins the duels with defenders more often than not, he gets little support from onrushing midfielders. Against Hull on Saturday, Robert Snodgrass, Andre Ayew and Sofiane Feghouli didn’t get close enough to him, making it easy for the home defence to contain the visitors after a shaky start.
Their second half capitulation came thanks to Marco Silva’s substitution of Kamil Grosicki at half time. Up until then, Hull didn’t force the issue enough, but the Pole’s introduction meant they penetrated the box much more, which led to their equaliser. West Ham have struggled with this issue in the past, particularly against Chelsea when Eden Hazard scored on the counter attack.
Playing through teams is also what Arsenal do best, with pace, close control and intricate passing in equal measure. It is likely West Ham will sit back, easing the pressure on Granit Xhaka, but the focus will be on Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil to unlock the defence. Having Manuel Lanzini in a deep role on Saturday proved costly, both in leaving gaps to be exploited and weakening their link up with Carroll. Whether Bilic will recall Mark Noble remains to be seen, but it is tough to see West Ham being strong enough to keep Arsenal playing in front of them.