West Ham United v Arsenal Betting Preview 09/12/2019
We have a fascinating London derby to enjoy for this week’s Monday Night Football match. West Ham and Arsenal are both seriously in the doldrums having fallen way short of their pre-season expectations. To say that both sides are in dire need of a big win would be a major understatement but can you trust either of them enough to back?
Will Pellegrini Get the Big Home Performance He Needs?
It’s fair to say that Manuel Pellegrini is not the most popular man amongst West Ham fans at the moment. The veteran manager won back some of the support that he’s lost over the course of this season with West Ham’s surprise win over Chelsea last weekend. That was short-lived however as the Irons returned to losing ways against Wolves in midweek.
Pellegrini then made some strange comments about the importance of home matches as opposed to away matches. That did not go down well with the West Ham fans who made the trip to Molineux on a freezing cold Wednesday night.
On the plus side, West Ham defended better against Wolves and had chances to secure a point even if there can be few complaints about their 2-0 loss. The other positive for West Ham is that Arsenal are in full-blown crisis mode.
Unai Emery paid the price for Arsenal’s horrible season to date with his job but nothing has changed or improved since his departure. The home loss against Brighton on Thursday night was a new low but it may be about to get even worse.
Arsenal go into this London derby as the favourites with the bookies but it’s tough to see why. They are awful away from home and are in the midst of their worst run of form since 1977. West Ham can take advantage by winning at odds of 5/2 with Sportingbet.
Defensive Issues Suggest Goals
If West Ham are to win this match they will likely have to score more than once. Their victory over Chelsea was particularly noteworthy in that it came with only their second clean sheet in 10 matches.
That the Irons were better defensively against Wolves and still ended up conceding twice says a lot about how porous they have been at the back this season. Arsenal’s defence hasn’t been performing much better with 23 goals compared versus 25 for West Ham.
As well as defensive issues, both teams have players capable of creating and scoring chances out of nothing. This may not be an easy watch for fans of either team but it should be an entertaining match for the neutrals so make sure to bet on over 3.5 goals at 11/10 with Betfred.
Quality Individuals Can Shine
When teams are playing poorly it is inevitable that confidence will sap. On the flip side, it provides an opportunity for the best players in a team to stand up and be counted.
Arsenal fans aren’t very happy with some of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s behaviour or performances but there is little doubt that he is their best player in an attacking sense. He hit the ground running as soon as he arrived in England and hasn’t stopped scoring. We expect him to score on Monday night at 22/25 with Unibet.
West Ham don’t have a stand-out attacking player of Aubameyang’s quality but Felipe Anderson could be that player. The Brazilian has only shone in fits and spurts in claret and blue. Some of that is due to him needing to acclimatise to English football, some because he is playing out of position and some because of his own poor form.
Pellegrini has moved Anderson inside in recent matches which has seen an upturn in his performances and he too is a good bet to score anytime at 4/1 with Paddy Power.
West Ham to Win at 5/2 with Sportingbet
Over 3.5 Goals at 11/10 with Betfred
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Score at 22/25 with Unibet
Felipe Anderson to Score at 4/1 with Paddy Power
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