In this week’s preview for West Ham v Arsenal read up on my prediction along with analysis for the match in week 17 of the Premier League. Included with each match preview are statistics and betting odds to help with your own predictions.
The week 18 Boxing Day Premier League Predictions have been posted, so go read up on my EPL picks for the week. Be sure to also check out the Premier League TV Schedule and 2013-14 Premier League Table.
Arsenal come into Thursday’s clash second with 36 points, but just behind Liverpool on goal difference. Monday night they were held 0-0 by Chelsea at the Emirates which follows the away loss to Manchester City, 3-6 and the 1-1 draw against Everton at home.
Against Chelsea they dominated possession and passing with 61% of the ball and an 84% pass success rate, however, this lead to only two of their seven shots on target. Defensively they remained sound, but did allow Chelsea did get 13 shots with four on target from a quick counter attack.
Arsenal will certainly be going in to this Boxing Day match looking to get goals and dominate around the entirety of the pitch.
West Ham United has been playing relegation football lately. They are currently just above the drop zone in 17th place with 14 points, but they are just a single point above both Crystal Palace and Fulham. They have mainly struggled in scoring goals, so they should be happy to have gotten a goal in each of their last two matches in all competitions.
Against Manchester United on Saturday, the Hammers did not look very good at all. The one goal they did get came more due to a defensive mistake by the United defenders. This was their only shot on goal from four shots taken. They also gave up three goals from 21 shots allowed (8 on target).
I’m predicting an Arsenal win and one in which they score at least two goals. After the disappointment of Monday, they will certainly be looking to get back to winning and do so with a dominating performance. West Ham have now won just one match in their last 10 in the Premier League.
Betting Odds: West Ham win: 5.86-6.50; Draw: 3.89-4.10; Arsenal win: 1.60-1.64
Form: West Ham (L, W, L, L, D, L) Arsenal (W, W, W, D, L, D)
Prediction: West Ham United 0 – 3 Arsenal