Arsenal Clashes with West Ham in Season's First London DerbyPublished August 9, 2015 by Florin P
West Ham tries to avoid 11th consecutive defeat against Arsenal as it travels to Emirates Stadium (13:30 UK Time)
Arsenal has already won an important trophy this season, by defeating Chelsea and claiming the Community Shield. They proved to be more than a match for their city rivals and they hope that on Sunday they can extend their dominance over West Ham.
Arsenal Tries to Keep the Dual Streaks Alive
This Sunday fixture is of critical importance for the Gunners who are regarded as underdogs in the race to win the Premier League. They need to stay within striking distance of the favorites and can only do it if they kick-start their campaign with a victory over their city rivals. Arsenal is well-positioned to win the opening match, as they have a crushing record in head to head games.
West Ham lost the last 10 games and allowed an average of two goals per match, but they managed to score plenty of their own. They travel to Emirates Stadium fully aware of their underdog status and will play accordingly, using a 4-5-1 starting formation. Arsenal has another winning streak to keep alive, as they managed to win the last seven consecutive games, including some high profile fixtures.
Prepare for a Goal Scoring Festival
West Ham had a hard time keeping clean sheets recently and allowed plenty of goals even against mediocre opponents. They will play defensive football against Arsenal, but they face a team of an entirely different caliber and their backline will come under tremendous pressure. Bet365 regards the home side as overwhelming favorite to prevail and offers odds of 2/7 for Arsenal to win, while pricing West Ham at 11/1.
There is simply no value in these odds and punters will have to trust Arsenal to cover the spread at 8/11, to enjoy a decent return on investment. The alternative would be to bet on more than 2.5 goals to be scored, a likely outcome that is valued by the same bookie at 4/7