Arsenal to win eight in a row v West Ham to reclaim 4th?
Sam Allardyce said in the build up to this evening’s Arsenal v West Ham clash at The Emirates Stadium in North London that they have still plenty to fear about relegation as they sit just seven points above the drop zone with four games to go after tonight. Realistically they have little to feat considering they are 11th and there are more than three teams much worse than them at this time to keep them safe even if they lose all remaining games. However, they will still be desperate to win tonight to ensure their safety and with Allardyce seeing how Wigan pushed Arsenal all the way to penalties he will be confident about firing up his charges to the extent that they give Arsenal a game in this all London Premier League clash.
Will the little fancied side from East London be able to cause a shock though?
The Gunners – 1.43
Draw – 4.30
The Hammers – 7.00
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
Although they faced a long, difficult and tiring two hours, as well as penalties, at the home of English football at the weekend Arsenal will have themselves nicely worked up for this match thanks to the narrow 1-0 beating of Sunderland by Everton on Saturday saw the Merseysiders leapfrog The Gunners into the final Champions League spot. Regardless of their FA Cup Final appearance on May 16th Arsenal will want that top four place back and they have the perfect opportunity to do so against West Ham this evening.
Arsenal are unbeaten against The Hammers in seven years and 12 matches, including taking victory in each of the last seven games. They bounced back from 1-0 down at the start of the second half earlier this season to earn a comfortable 3-1 win and their home record has seen Arsenal score eight goals and concede just one in their last three clashes with West Ham at The Emirates.
West Ham have not been setting the world alight on the road this season with them taking just four away wins in 16 matches. Three of those have come in their last six away days against relegation strugglers Aston Villa, Cardiff City and Sunderland. The other away win came in North London as they ran riot against Arsenal’s biggest rivals Tottenham Hotspur and they claimed a 3-0 win, in their highlight of their away games this season.
I, personally, do not see a second North London victory for West Ham this evening as Arsenal have too much quality, even though they played 120 minutes on Saturday and West Ham have had more than week off, and they will score enough goals to win this game. However, I can also see the Arsenal defence being fragile, especially later on in the match, and I have a feeling that the smart money in this Arsenal v West Ham game is on both teams to find the net.
Back both Arsenal and West Ham to score @ 1.83 in the GR88 Sportsbook!