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Despite a 1-0 defeat midweek, Arsenal managed to progress to the Europa League quarter-finals where’s they’ll face Slavia Prague, as they would likely now view that competition as their best means of qualifying for Europe next season, despite the host of top quality clubs still involved.
That defeat was the Gunners’ first in six outings across all competitions, four of which they’ve gone on to win, including against Leicester, Spurs, and Benfica.
West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Man United last weekend, and with Jesse Lingard back in the squad and buoyed by his England re-call, we wouldn’t be surprised if they managed to do so.
The Hammers haven’t lost back to back League matches since the opening two games of the season, with their six most recent defeats being followed by five victories and a draw, so they’re certainly not a bunch to stay down.
What’s more, since those opening two games against Newcastle and Arsenal themselves, every teams that West Ham have lost to this season is currently in the top six in the league table, and while they did lost the reverse fixture, that was far from convincing from Arsenal and now back on home soil are with far more confidence about them, they certainly stand a better chance.
West Ham To Beat Arsenal
Arsenal have just ended their best run of form this season with defeat against Olympiakos, though they’ll view that game as job done and certainly won’t be disheartened from it.
Despite that, they’re still showing defensive frailties and have now conceded in each of tier last 11 outings across all competitions, and West Ham are the kind of side that will gobble up these opportunities when offered.
Indeed, the hosts have scored in 23 of their last 27 outings in the league, while they’ve scored in each of their last 13 home games since that opening day defeat against the Magpies, and scoring two or more goals in seven of 10 against sides currently placed eighth or lower in the table.
It’s therefore surprising that they go into this game as underdogs as they’re the side with much more to play for in this game, and the home win on the 1x2 market looks to be too good of a value bet to turn down for us.