West Ham United vs Arsenal Preview

January 12, 2019
By: Deke Hardman

Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at the London Stadium where West Ham United take on Arsenal.

The Hammers go in to the game having knocked Birmingham City out of the FA Cup, while in the league they have won five of their last nine games.

Another triumph here would see them move level on points with seventh place Leicester City, who host Southampton later in the day.

Recent signing Samir Nasri is expected to feature against his former club, in what will be his first Premier League appearance since August 2016 though Marco Arnautovic may miss out amid reports that he wants to move to China and Fabian Balbuena is out for eight weeks after having surgery on his knee.

Felipe Anderson is 9.0 (8/1) to open the scoring with a variety of firms, with Nasri a 12.0 (11/1) shot with Unibet.

The home win is as highly priced as 3.7 (27/10) on offer from Betfair, with the visitors favourites at 2.06 (17/16) with Unibet. The draw can be backed at a widely available 4.0 (3/1).

The Gunners also had no problem booking their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup as they eased past Blackpool while last time out in the league, they thumped lowly Fulham by four goals to one.

They will move level on points with Chelsea if they triumph here, at least until the Blues host Newcastle United in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Manager Unai Emery could welcome back a whole host of players with Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin among those who have returned to fitness.

Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal are also available, as is Konstantinos Mavropanos.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 4.6 (18/5) with some firms, ahead of 6.0 (5/1) chance Alexander Lacazette.

The last three meetings between the sides have all taken place at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal winning all three though the last meeting at West Ham finished goalless.

The Hammers have won just one of their last twenty-three games against the North London outfit so you may be tempted to back the Arsenal/Draw double chance at 1.33 (1/3) with Coral.

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