The English Premier League continues with Week 2 matchups over the weekend, so the sports bettors will have to choose between some very intriguing picks and markets. Arsenal hosts West Ham in London derby, so let’s see what we can expect from these two arch-rivals.
The Gunners beat the Hammers in both their duels last season and will look to continue their dominance Saturday, September 19, at Emirates Stadium, as they are listed as firm home favorites at -185 odds.
Arsenal vs. West Ham
Three-way: 1: Arsenal -185; X: +340 Draw; 2: West Ham +460
Spread -1: Arsenal -110; West Ham -105
Total 2.5 Goals: Over -155; Under +130
Both Teams to Score: Yes -133; No +100
The Gunners have high hopes for the 2020-21 EPL season. They opened with a comfortable 3-0 road victory over Fulham, dominating the newcomers for all 90 minutes. The forward duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scored a goal each, while the Brazilian winger Willian had a couple of assists in his debut as a Gunner.
Arsenal love to keep the ball in possession under head coach Mikel Arteta. However, with a couple of pacey forwards and some very talented midfielders, the Gunners won’t wait for too long to penetrate the box. They took 13 shots towards Fulham’s goalie and will continue to be aggressive in the final third.
- Arsenal won four straight games in all competitions
- Arsenal won five of its last six home games
- Arsenal won five consecutive home meetings with West Ham
The Hammers are coming off a 3-0 home victory over Charlton in the EFL Cup. They dominated the second-tier side for most of the game, allowing just five shots while keeping the ball in possession for 62 percent of the time.
Anyway, the Hammers disappointed in the opening round of the 2020-21 English Premier League. They lost to Newcastle 2-0 as -105 home favorites, and it seems like the Hammers could have another painful season. West Ham finished 16th last time and barely avoided relegation with 39 points out of 38 games and a poor 49:62 goal difference.
- West Ham lost six of its last nine road EPL games
- West Ham lost 10 of its last 11 road matchups with Arsenal
The Gunners haven’t finished in the top four since 2016, while the previous four years have been quite painful for their fans. Under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners finally look like a serious team and strong contender to qualify for the Champions League.
The Spanish tactician knows well that the defensive line is the weakest link in his team, so the Gunners play attacking soccer, creating a lot of scoring opportunities.
On the other side, West Ham is a solid team on paper, but they’ve been playing below the expectations for a while. David Moyes is a well-known name in England, and he’ll try to gel the things as soon as possible after that disappointing performance in the opening game.
I think Arsenal is a better team than West Ham by far at the moment. The Gunners’ fragile D is a problem, but they should dominate the Hammers in the middle of the park and score a few goals.
That’s why my top betting pick is Arsenal to win. I think -180 odds are a pure gift, but if you want greater wages, go with the hosts to win and score more than a goal at -120.
The Pick: Arsenal to Win at -185