Prediction and odds for the game: West Ham (23/10) v Arsenal (21/20)
We are backing the draw at odds of 29/10.
When: Monday 09th December 2019, kick-off 8 PM
Where: The London Stadium
On Monday night, two out of form Premier League clubs meet at the London Stadium, as West Ham host Arsenal.
The pressure is on West Ham head coach Manuel Pellegrini, with reports suggesting that the Chilean could be the next Premier League boss to lose his job. A 2-0 defeat at Wolves last time out means that the Hammers have won just once in their last nine top-flight games, including losing four of their previous five league matches.
The Irons poor defensive displays have been a major factor in their recent struggles, as they have conceded at least twice in four of their last five outings in the English top-flight.
Even playing on home soil has proven little advantage to the Hammers, who have failed to win in four league outings at the London Stadium, suffering three defeats in the process. Once again, poor defensive displays have been at the crux of their recent home struggles, as they have conceded at least twice in three of their last four league outings.
The omens are not good for an improvement in form in this clash, as the Hammers have beaten the Gunners just once in their last eight meetings, suffering six defeats.
The Gunners head into this game on the back of a woeful run of form that saw head coach Unai Emery replaced on an interim basis by former midfielder Freddie Ljungberg. However, the team from north London’s fortunes have not improved under the former Swedish international.
In fact, last time out Arsenal suffered a poor 2-1 home defeat against Brighton to make it nine games without a victory for the Gunners in all competitions. They have now failed to record a victory in their last six league outings.
The team from north London have been poor at the back in the top-flight of late, conceding at least two goals in their last four outings in the Premier League. The Gunners have also kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 top-flight outings.
Arsenal have failed to win in six away games in the Premier League, suffering two defeats and drawing four matches. They have kept just one clean sheet in their last ten away games in the Premier League. They have also conceded at least two goals in four of their last six matches on their travels in the league.
These two teams both head into this clash in unconvincing form, which makes it hard to predict what is going to happen. With that in mind, we are going to back the draw, as neither team has much confidence heading the clash, so neither will want to lose.
Judging by both teams’ awful recent defensive records, there should be goals in this one. Therefore, we are backing the over 2.5 goals to be scored too.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 29/10 and/or the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/9.
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