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Free football tips, best bets and analysis for West Ham vs Arsenal in the Premier League

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Arsenal winner and over 1.5 goals
1pt 6-5 betting fair

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West Ham
Craig Dawson is suspended and joins central defenders Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna on the sidelines.

Takehiro Tomiyasu and Bakaya Sako are fit to play. Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey are still missing.

Match preview

Arsenal can take advantage of West Ham’s defensive slump and alternative program to claim victory at the London Stadium.

The fourth-placed Gunners, fresh from bumper wins over Chelsea and Manchester United, can pull off a tricky end-of-season treble to assert their claim to last place in the Champions League.

Arsenal are on the odds, inevitable given the timing of the game days before the Hammers head to Eintracht Frankfurt for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.

But with just eight runs between the sides, bettors can be forgiven for feeling slightly uneasy taking such a short price on the away team in what is still expected to be a pretty intense derby, regardless. who wears burgundy and blue.

The advice – if you like Mikel Arteta’s men – is to turn this into something a little more appetizing by backing Arsenal to win and over 1.5 goals. The Gunners have just won 4-2 at Chelsea and beat Manchester United 3-1 so there are goals in the pipeline and there is no guarantee the Hammers makeshift defense will be able to cope with the quality that will happen to them. .

It’s true that West Ham had just one centre-back at Chelsea last week and lost just 1-0. But the Blues had 67% possession, fired 26 shots and missed a penalty, and on any other day they could have scored five or more.

Moyes knew he would be without Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna but now has to make do without Craig Dawson – sent off at Stamford Bridge – and there is no guarantee Kurt Zouma will start to return from a layoff against Frankfurt on Thursday. Moyes will surely want the Dutchman fit for this week’s second leg where the Premier League side need to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

West Ham are looking increasingly jaded, so don’t be surprised to see Moyes again betting on a pick-and-mix back five in a bid to rob Arsenal of plenty of space behind.

The Hammers have won just one of their last six games – impressively at Lyon, perhaps giving a clue as to the current priority – although they have a more than healthy record of having found the net in every home league game, so whoever Moyes perms from up high, they will always carry a threat.

Arsenal have won eight of their last 12 league games against West Ham, losing just one, and after a week off following United’s dismantling, they must be happy to improve on that record.

Key stat

Only one of Arsenal’s last 25 league games has ended in a draw.

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West Ham

Penalty taker Lanzini, Rice, Noble
Free kick assistant Rice, Lanzini
Aerial threat on set piece Tomas Soucek
card magnet Declan Rice


Penalty taker Bukayo Saka
Free kick assistant Xhaka, Odegaard
Aerial threat on set piece Gabrielle
card magnet Xhaka Granite

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