- Arsenal beat West Ham in 10 of the clubs’ last 11 meetings at the Emirates.
- Arsenal beat West Ham by two or more goals in five of their last eight games against them in North London.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in nine league games at home (seven wins, two draws).
- West Ham failed to score in seven of their last 15 Premier League away assignments.
Spirits high at Arsenal
Arsenal head into the second round of Premier League fixtures of the new season sitting pretty in top spot following their comfortable 3-0 win at Fulham in an impressive campaign opener last week.
With the positive vibes from their FA Cup triumph last month still flowing, the Gunners eased past their newly promoted hosts at a vacant Craven Cottage, thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette, new signing Gabriel Magalhães and the ever-dependable Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while fresh addition Willian also impressed on his debut with two assists.
The Gunners, who finished the previous season with seven wins and two draws from their final eight home matches, look favourites to keep the good results coming this week when they host a West Ham outfit inching towards a crisis.
Irons undone by Magpies
The fallout from West Ham’s 2-0 reverse to Newcastle on the opening weekend of the season has been significant, and the Irons’ 3-0 win at home to Charlton in a mid-week Carabao Cup triumph would have done little to lift the mood.
With fractures between the club’s ownership and the fanbase widening, and a dispirited set of players looking low on confidence, West Ham seem ill-equipped to pull free of the malaise that saw them turned over by an energetic Magpies team last week, and another defeat at Arsenal looks likely.
In addition, the Hammers’ record at the Emirates, where they were beaten on 10 of their last 11 visits, makes for harrowing reading and suggests another disappointing day for David Moyes is in store.
Comfortable Gunners victory anticipated
Arsenal and West Ham meet on Saturday from opposite ends of the confidence spectrum – and we expect that to be reflected in the final score at the Emirates this weekend.
Fresh from a resounding win at Fulham, the Gunners will have a kick in their step, and armed with the momentum from a nine-match unbeaten run at home, as well as their recent FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs, the hosts should cruise to victory this week.
Arsenal beat the -1.0 handicap in five of their last eight home encounters against West Ham, and with Aubameyang, Willian and Lacazette already showing signs that prolific partnerships are on the way to being forged, another meaty win against the Irons looks on.
With that considered, it’s worth backing Arsenal at -1.0 again this weekend, while our correct score prediction tips the Gunners to fire their way to a 3-0 triumph.
Arsenal scored three or more goals in three of their last four skirmishes with West Ham in North London, and having rattled a trio of strikes past Fulham last weekend, the Gunners can match that output against an Irons’ team still searching for their first Premier League goal of the new campaign.