By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 24th August 2018
Saturday 25th August
Stadium: The Emirates Stadium, Holloway, London
Arsenal vs West Ham odds
Both sides have currently accrued zero Premier League points, but that doesn’t stop Unai Emery’s men being 4/11 match betting favourites in the Arsenal vs West Ham odds, with the Irons a 6/1 projection for victory and the draw on offer at 9/2.
Over 2.5 total match goals is trading at odds of just 8/15, while both teams to score is an 8/11 forecast.
Arsenal vs West Ham odds | team news
Gunners stars Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Carl Jenkinson are expected to return from injuries in October, while long-serving centre-half Laurent Koscielny is out until December.
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini remains without long-term injury absentees Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid.
Emery could elect to hand Lucas Torreira his first start of the season while Alexandre Lacazette could play alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Neither side has yet sustained any suspensions.
Arsenal vs West Ham betting tips and predictions
Even by the laughably reactionary standards of Twitter-era Premier League fandom, it’s far too early to judge the nascent managerial tenures of Emery or Pellegrini.
Weighing up the respective merits of their sides’ showings, the most obvious barometer looks to be the level of opponents they’ve faced, with Arsenal bested 2-0 by Man City then 3-2 by London rivals Chelsea and West Ham trounced 4-0 by Liverpool before going down 2-1 at home to Bournemouth.
The fact that the Gunners were able to limit City to two strikes and spurned several glorious chances against the Blues, combined with their recent record of four wins in five against the Irons goes some way to justifying their Arsenal vs West Ham odds favouritism, but 4/11’s no betting fun.
Moreover, the defensive frailties exhibited by their guests against Bournemouth (for now, we’ll absolve them of too much culpability against Liverpool), suggest another afternoon of punishment could be coming the Irons’ way at the Emirates.
An Arsenal win in a match of over 2.5 goals betting at odds of 17/20 or the 10/11 handicap on offer about Arsenal -1 is our betting prediction and both feel like reasonable reward for backing a side that’s prevailed by at least a three-goal margin in three of their last five meetings with the East London outfit.
Going into odds-against territory, the 13/8 for a home win and both teams to score holds some appeal given the way in which Chelsea were able to tear them up on the counter last time out.
However, finer fractions than those would be needed to convince most to rely upon the Hammers unearthing the attacking fluency that as yet eludes them – their only goal this term remains a Marko Arnautovic penalty.
Have a read of Arsenal’s cross-town rivals’ betting predictions in the Newcastle vs Chelsea odds.
Key players to watch
It was not so long ago that Jack Wilshere was the teenage tyro entrusted with the keys to the Arsenal engine room and his face off with the extravagantly-maned young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi will be a fascinating game within a game.
However, from an Arsenal vs West Ham odds perspective, Aubameyang should be fun to focus on, with plenty to recompense his teammates for after the Gunners match against Chelsea, where he was guilty of two glaring misses.
His first goalscorer odds are a favourite-backers pick at 13/5, while it’s 17/20 he nets anytime to usher in Emery’s first Premier League win in the manner of a man with something to prove and he’s a 11/4 forecast to strike two or more.
Arnautovic was the sole West Ham player to score past the Gunners in three games last term and he’s a 21/10 anytime goalscorer shout for the visitors.
- West Ham have defeated Arsenal only once in their last 22 matches against West Ham in all competitions (W17 D4).
- Were the Gunners to lose against the Hammers, they’ll have lost their opening three league games for the first time since 1954-55.
- Unai Emery faced Manuel Pellegrini on ten occasions in La Liga– the Spaniard won his two most recent home league matches against the Chilean, doing so in January 2011 (Valencia 4-3 Malaga) and December 2011 (Valencia 2-0 Malaga).
- Manuel Pellegrini has a poor record against Arsenal, winning just once in 11 matches against them – a 6-3 win in December 2013.