English Premier League preview: West Ham United v Arsenal – London stadium – Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 12:30 hrs GMT
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West Ham United v Arsenal Predictions
Correct Score predictions for the 12/01/2019 West Ham United v Arsenal Premier League match.
West Ham United 1-2 Arsenal at 15/2 Betsid Odds *
West Ham United 2-2 Arsenal at 10/1 Betsid Odds *
* The West Ham United v Arsenal Odds are taken from online bookmaker Betsid and were correct as of 10/01/2019 – subject to change.
West Ham United v Arsenal Where To Watch
TV Channel: Sky Sports & NOW TV
When Is Kick Off?: Saturday 12th January
What Time Is Kick Off?: 12:30 GMT
Where Is It Played?: London Stadium
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West Ham United v Arsenal Odds
Odds subject to change. Correct as of 10/01/2019 at Betsid.
West Ham v Arsenal Preview
Both West Ham United and Arsenal will run into each other at the London stadium on Saturday, January the 12th, for their 22nd Premier League fixtures of the season. The London sides have just come out of 3rd round FA Cup wins with the Hammers beating Birmingham City 2-0 and Arsenal getting the better of Blackpool 0-3.
Manuel Pellegrini's men are way better placed than they were at the beginning of the 2018-19 season when they were seen scraping the bottom of the EPL table. That changed dramatically over the next few months and the Hammers now find themselves on a much respectable 10th spot, although the second half of December hasn't been that great with the East London club succumbing to Watford and Burnley by margins of 0-2 in each.
Pellegrini has been hit with injuries with Javier Hernandez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini all set to miss the Arsenal clash. Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid are on the injury list, too.
Key striker Marko Arnautovic should be fit despite the fact that he was substituted after 20 minutes in West Ham’s FA Cup victory over Birmingham on Saturday.
The Austrian forward looked to be in great touch scoring both the goals in last week's 2-2 draw against Brighton & Hove in a Premier league clash.
Ex-French international Samir Nasri who joined mid-way through the 2018-19 season could start as he did in the Birmingham. Lucas Perez, Felipe Anderson and Andy Carroll are some of the other names that could feature in the Hammers' attack on Saturday.
Unai Emery’s problems with injuries are no less acute with defenders Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny all looking doubtful, while Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding are definitely out.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck are both injured. The backline could thus be the same one that featured in the Blackpool win on Monday with folks like Carl Jenkinson (on loan from Birmingham City), Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac lining up.
With a less than a full-strength Arsenal defense and their weakness in away games, the Hammers could fancy their chances, although Alexander Lacazette and Pierre Aubameyang who were rested for the Blackpool match will surely make a comeback for the January 12 game and provide the much-needed beef to the Arsenal attack.
The Gunners have faltered seriously in away games of late, losing to minions Southampton 2-3 away at the St. Mary's and later white-washed by League toppers Liverpool 1-5 at Anfield a week ago.
But history is against the hosts. In their 22 meetings since 2007, the Hammers have won just once, a 0-2 away win at the Emirates in August 2015 and the only clean sheet they maintained was in a 0-0 draw way back in 2009.
But given Arsenal's limitations on the road, the bookmakers are expecting a close game with a slight edge to the visitors. But the most attractive odds seem to be for a draw.
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